Nowhere to Turn: Women in Northern Colombia

As criminal syndicates battle for control of oil and drugs, displaced women in the northern Colombia town of Ocaña endure violence and psychological abuse in a struggle to survive, according to a new report by CARE and the Women’s Refugee Commission.
 
The town of 100,000 includes 40,000+ displaced people and migrants, most of whom are women and children.

Interviews with 82 women there found:

  • 70% had experienced threats, intimidation, and other psychological abuse.
  • 71% had been physically abused.
  • 56% were unable to leave abusive relationships because of a lack of control of financial resources.


Almost all the women met criteria for gender-based violence services and cash assistance, but available resources are inadequate.
 
CARE and the Women’s Refugee Commission via ReliefWeb

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