Overcoming Violence

Stories of Gender Based Violence

Alma Leticia Alvarez Cabrera

Survivor

Alma Leticia Alvarez Cabrera

For more than 20 years Guatemalan Alma lived with a violent husband, and she spent many years coming to a decision about reporting the crime. She and her children now live a life without fear of violence.

For a long time Alma hoped for her husband to change. When this never happened, she decided to contact Grupo Guatemalteco de Mujeres (GGM), which offers judicial, psychological and social help to women who experience violence. They helped her build a case towards her husband.

– I think that in order to make an end to the violence many families and women experience, the most important thing is that we know our rights and are able to report the violations, Alma says.

As a mother, it is difficult and sad to see that I have tolerated such a situation for so many years, tells Alma.
As a mother, it is difficult and sad to see that I have tolerated such a situation for so many years, tells Alma.

Alma considers it crucial that women talk about gender based violence. – I will urge all women to break the silence and rather talk about the violence they are victim of in order to seek help. There are help available, and this will make Guatemala and the rest of the world a better place, a place without violence.

In spite of her decision being a difficult one, Alma has never regretted that she reported her husband.  – Finally we have peace.
In spite of her decision being a difficult one, Alma has never regretted that she reported her husband. – Finally we have peace.
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