Presentation Title

Understanding the Normalization of Violence: Gender Based Violence in Contemporary El Salvador

Abstract

This study offers potential explanations for the extremely high rates of gender based violence experienced by women in El Salvador in the past 10-15 years. I explore the roles of organized crime, the long-term effects of the civil war (1980-1992), and women’s gradually rising levels of autonomy as potential contributors toward heightened amounts of violence against women in El Salvador (VAW). Next, I assess the measures implemented by the Salvadoran government, and gage their effectiveness in combatting this VAW epidemic.

Primary Faculty Mentor Name

Caroline Beer

Status

Undergraduate

Student College

College of Arts and Sciences

Second Student College

Honors College

Program/Major

Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Second Program/Major

Spanish

Primary Research Category

Arts & Humanities

Secondary Research Category

Social Sciences

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Understanding the Normalization of Violence: Gender Based Violence in Contemporary El Salvador

This study offers potential explanations for the extremely high rates of gender based violence experienced by women in El Salvador in the past 10-15 years. I explore the roles of organized crime, the long-term effects of the civil war (1980-1992), and women’s gradually rising levels of autonomy as potential contributors toward heightened amounts of violence against women in El Salvador (VAW). Next, I assess the measures implemented by the Salvadoran government, and gage their effectiveness in combatting this VAW epidemic.