U.S. Training Targets Family and Gender Violence
On October 1, the International Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA) in San Salvador launched its first-ever training course on “Intervention Strategies to Combat Family and Gender Violence.”
The course, which is jointly sponsored by the governments of the United States, El Salvador and Chile, brings together participants from Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Panama and El Salvador to study strategies for improving treatment for victims of domestic violence. Participants will also study ways to improve levels of cooperation between victims and government officials in criminal proceedings aimed at prosecuting such cases.
Family Violence is defined as any abuse of power by one family member against another, and may include physical and psychological abuse. The course is being taught by experts in combating domestic violence and members of the Chilean Attorney General’s Office.
Ambassador Mari Carmen Aponte joined the Salvadoran Secretary of Social Inclusion, Vanda Pignato, the Salvadoran Minister of Justice and Public Security, David Mungía Payés, and the Ambassador of Chile, Renato Sepúlveda, in inaugurating the course.