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Sonia Nieves at her home in Bayamón, Puerto Rico on March 13, 2020. Photo: Erika P. Rodriguez for GEN

Activists, survivors, and families have been calling for the government to take action since 2018



M received a protective order against her emotionally and physically abusive partner. But Puerto Rican police didn’t enforce it. Photos: Erika P. Rodriguez

After Hurricane Maria, the number of women killed by their partners doubled. Survivors say the government’s misguided response has put more lives in danger.


M recibió una orden de protección contra su agresor, quien la abusaba física y emocionalmente. Pero la Policía de Puerto Rico no la hizo cumplir. Photos: Erika P. Rodriguez

Luego del huracán María, el número de mujeres asesinadas por sus parejas se duplicó. Sobrevivientes dicen que la respuesta desacertada del gobierno ha puesto aún más vidas en peligro.


Life in the Time of Coronavirus

A series about how coronavirus affects our lives, our loved ones, our work, and our way of life

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Reworking our approach to domestic violence

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New research puts to bed the myth that gun ownership makes for a safer home — in fact, it seems firearms only endanger loved ones’ lives

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The influx of federal funds will do little more than highlight the state’s chronic political dysfunction

U.S. Attorney General William Barr wears a traditional Alaska Native kuspuk while talking with village police officers in Napaskiak, Alaska. Photo: Marc Lester/Anchorage Daily News

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