The issue of violence against women has prompted Puerto Rico to declare a state of emergency.
The critical problem created new measures demanded by activists for years to battle a deadly tide, Aljazeera reports.
This development has triggered the decision on Sunday in the US territory, which has seen sustained levels of violence that on average result in one woman’s death per week, measured in a 2019 report and exceeded in last year’s estimates, echoing the problem in other Caribbean and Latin American countries.
Moreover, the declaration, which also offers protection to gay and transgender people, includes measures like creating a mobile app for victims to ask for help and report attacks.
On The ay forward, new committee will be responsible for enforcing policies and proposing other measures and authorities will create a new programme to check in with women who have taken out restraining orders against abusers.
In reaction to this, Puerto Rico Governor Pedro Pierluisi said the order aims to combat “an evil that has caused too much damage for too long”
Pierluisi in a statement said, “Victims have suffered the consequences of systematic machismo, inequity, discrimination, lack of education, lack of guidance and above all lack of action.”