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Delegacia de Defesa das Mulheres: Perman'ncias e Desafios

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This article provides a brief overview of the context surrounding the creation in Brazil of the Delegacias de Defesa da Mulher (DDMs), or all female-staffed police stations. Analyzing the trajectory of the DDMs from their inception in the mid-80s to more recent years, the article highlights the main successes and challenges associated with this public policy. Critical-thinking questions are raised, including whether the creation of an all-female physical environment, in and by itself, can dissolve society's sexist culture. Insights for future directions are also provided, with the hope that the DDMs can be a potential example to other countries. (Available in Portuguese only.)