Latin and South America, not a great place for women. But what a great, and proving successful, initiative they have instigated in Argentina.
Women’s Police Stations. These are staffed 100% by women, the female officers go through the regular and full police training. They only deal with sexual violence against women (DV and rape). They have childcare onsite at these ‘stations’, and the stations are victim-focused, rather than perpetrator-focused.
And the proof of the success? The areas with these women’s police stations have a third to half of the femicide rate (by intimate partners).
They are a one-stop-shop, in touch with all the local and housing support services. As well as running the prosecutions for violence against women.
Would this work in Australia, the UK, or the US? Hell yes!
In the UK and Australia, they do have, at most major stations, dedicated DV officers. It is partially effective, but not uniformly. There are still too many untrained (or more to the point, male-biased officers) going to call-outs. There are various stages of attrition towards prosecution, and this has never been satisfactorily resolved. But the female officers of Argentina, are getting the job done.
Listen to the ABC (Radio National) podcast on this segment. As feminists, we should be promote such initiatives in our own regions.