More firearms, more security, or greater gender violence in Chile?

Mariela Infante Erazo and Paula Salvo del Canto

'Citizen security has become the primary concern of people in Chile. According to various opinion studies, fear of being a victim of a crime is at the highest recorded amount in the last 23 years. However, instead of facing this challenge through proven, evidence-based approaches focused on prevention, this fear has been used to promote politically motivated "tough" policies - bills such as those aimed at promoting greater flexibility in carrying firearms - thereby increasing their circulation. These types of measures are problematic because they could cause an increase in the levels of gender violence, creating more crime and representing a setback in human rights...'

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Keywords: GBV Gender-based violence