The Dominican Republic has “a violent culture” against women
Lilliam Fondeur, a doctor and feminist, expressed regret that the systematic elimination of women remains common in the Dominican Republic, where it is sometimes justified. “Women’s violence is political.” “We live in a violent culture, and it has been proven that this type of violence increases during pregnancy, as happened last Saturday when a man murdered his partner, a 17-year-old pregnant teen,” she said.
She also stated that violence against women causes psychological and physical sequelae such as rheumatic diseases such as fibromyalgia, arthritis, skin lesions, hypertension, diabetes, depression, and muscle pain caused by tension. “A woman’s body bears the burden of violence before she is killed.” “The violence inscribes itself permanently in her body, transforming it into a repository for all kinds of traumatic resources and repressed emotions,” she explained.
The doctor made these remarks at the Femicide in the Dominican Republic seminar, which was organized by the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo’s Institute for Gender and Family Research.