The Director of a women’s shelter embraces a young survivor of sexual violence.
A safe place to stay and psychosocial and legal support are essential for survivors of sexual violence to feel safe and begin to rebuild their lives.
Shelters for survivors of domestic abuse and rape in Nicaragua are scarce, particularly those specifically for children. There are 10 shelters run by NGOs; they receive no financial or other support from the Nicaraguan authorities. Non-residential women’s and girls’ centres across the country also fill the gaps in state provision by offering support services.
© Amnesty International (photo: Grace Gonzalez)