NGO partnership
Samusocial International

Combatting domestic violence in Peru

Create, promote and support systems similar to the initiatives implemented in Paris by the Samusocial in all cities of the world faced with problems of social exclusion - issues of shelter, food, access to healthcare, mental suffering and any other impacts from social rejection or break-down of human, economic and social links.

In Huaycán, an urban community located on the outskirts of Lima, 88% of the women are victims of physical or sexual abuse from their husband or life partner. Poverty and cultural uprooting of the populations, most of whom have emigrating from their home region to the capital city, contribute to violent behaviors within the families. In 2004, Samusocial Perú launched a comprehensive program of prevention, detection and support to victims:

  • mobile Assistance Teams cruising the Huaycán streets daily in search of victims and making home visits
  • social Risk Prevention Centre providing medical, psychological and social care
  • emergency shelter
  • community awareness program with prevention campaigns

In order to ensure the viability, expansion and duplication of the project, Samusocial Perú has set up a mechanism providing for a gradual co-management of the existing services jointly with the municipality and the Ministry of Health who supply staff and premises. On completion of this intermediate phase, the Ate urban district authorities will take over the management of the support program. The experimental pilot project has concurrently helped Samusocial International develop a model for its program which will be duplicated in 2013 in other risky outskirts of Lima.

Samusocial International
Combatting domestic violence
Start date:
December 2011
End date:
January 2012
Women victims of violence and their children. Vulnerable women with high exposure to domestic violence risks.


Due to the violence of the guerrilla until the beginning of 1990’s, Martha’s family ran away and settled down in Huaycán. The young woman stayed at the Samu Social centre and is still followed by the mobile staff:

"It began when I got pregnant, he used to come home drunk in the middle of the night and he slapped and kicked me. I was terrified. He was always watching me and prevented me from going at work. I stayed because he threatened to take out the children. They have suffered a lot from this situation, they have seen everything. Despite, I did my best so they can go to school and learn to read and write. The last time my husband stroke me, I went to the police, but they didn’t want to listen to me. If the Samu didn’t exist, where would I have gone? They were the only ones who hosted me. They helped me going out of this situation and thinking about my children education. Mrs Beatriz (a Samusocial Perú educator) has always told me I could cope. Look at me and see where I am today! I run my own market stand and this man will never hurt me anymore".


Interview with Doctora berrocal, samusocial perú representative for the municipality of ate (2013)

How do you collaborate with Samusocial (SSI)?

The municipality of Ate contributes to the operations of the Mobile Teams and Social Risk Prevention Centre by seconding skilled staff. Thanks to our collaboration with Samusocial Perú, we are now in a position to offer primary care directly to the most vulnerable populations. Thus, we are working closer to the community and its needs.

How did the SSI support change your approach?

We realised the extent of the issue of domestic violence in the Ate urban district. Thanks to awareness-raising initiatives, women are now informed of their rights. They receive health care and psychosocial assistance. This is evidence that joint and united efforts can help women gain empowerment.

Do you think that the municipality of Ate will have the capacity in the medium term to manage on its own all of the services offered by SSI?

We are currently starting an initial phase of co-management with Samusocial Perú. Ultimately, the municipality of Ate is planning to allocate a special budget for this project, and the Ministry of Health is launching the recruitment of dedicated staff.