Violence Against Women in Guanacaste is 38% Higher Than the Rest of the Country’s

Q COSTA RICA, by María Fernanda Cruz, – Antonio and Marta started living together thirteen years ago when she was 17 and he was 33. “I left my friends, family, everything because he asked me to,” she says in an anonymous interview with The Voice of Guanacaste.
Three years later, Antonio started beating both her and the only child they had in common at that time.
Antonio ended up in prison for “a drug problem,” two years ago. She continued to make conjugal visits with him, bringing along their two children and treating him to homemade food in spite of his yelling and beating.
“He’d get upset over any little thing. He never said thanks. He always said that everything I do is wrong. I felt like

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