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