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Brazil: National Council of Justice and Federal Council of Psychology Sign Protocol of Intentions to Help Victims of Violence

(July 11, 2018) On July 4, 2018, the President of the National Council of Justice (Conselho Nacional de Justiça, CNJ) and the president of the Federal Council of Psychology (Conselho Federal de Psicologia, CFP) signed a protocol of intentions to give psychological assistance to women who have been subjected to domestic and family violence, as well as to their dependents. (CNJ Firma Protocolo com Conselho de Psicologia para Atender Vítimas de Violência, CNJ NOTÍCIAS (July 5, 2018).)

The protocol will enable the full implementation of Administrative Act 15 of March 8, 2017 (Portaria CNJ No. 15 de 8 de Março de 2017, CNJ website), which created the National Judicial Policy to Combat Violence Against Women (Política Judiciária Nacional de Enfrentamento à Violência Contra as Mulheres) through partnerships between the judiciary and psychology service schools. (Id.)

The protocol encourages the work of multidisciplinary teams from the domestic and family violence-against-women courts and intends to strengthen the treatment assistance offered to the victims of aggression. (Id.)  According to the protocol, the psychology services fulfill the dual function of offering psychological services to the population at large and creating conditions for the training of professionals and students of psychology. (Id.)

In addition to the partnerships established under the National Judicial Policy to Combat Violence Against Women in 2017, partnerships to enable comprehensive and multidisciplinary care for victims of domestic violence were also foreseen in Law 11.340 of August 7, 2006 (Lei Maria da Penha, Lei No. 11.340, de 7 de Agosto de 2006, Presidency of the Republic website), which, among other measures, provides for the possibility of a judge referring a victim to specialized professional care.