Local October 12, 2012 | 3:39 pm

Top official vows action to halt spiraling murders of women

Santo Domingo.- Justice minister Francisco Domínguez reacted alarmed with the spiraling domestic violence, which has claimed five victims just on Friday, when the deaths of three women and two men, left seven children orphaned.

He announced a meeting with the appropriate agencies to draft a new policy action to prevent those family tragedies which have shocked the national awareness.

The official said the authorities and society cannot allow the many preventable femicides to continue.

He acknowledges the judicial system’s many flaws in protecting and preventing domestic violence, making it necessary to ask what’s going to break the cycle of violence affecting the country. "Within one month the Government will submit a new strategy, because we’re redesigning everything, so we can have a more effective policy against femicides"

Dominguez, speaking after a National Palace meeting with president Danilo Medina, said “we need to act because there’re many rapes, abuse, harassment and murders of women, usually young, and they’ve left a lot of children and youngsters orphans, who must also be protected.”

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