This article offers support to the debate about national policies to confront violence against women and strengthen feminine citizenship. The route adopted in treating political challenges will follow the analysis of the principal responses to the phenomena of gender violence and analyze the trends identified since the enactment of the Maria da Penha Law, including increased emphasis on the "courts," "psychology" and "social work." The first part of the article analyzes the conceptual and normative factors of policy concerning women. An analysis is then conducted of "judicialization" and its consequences for the theoretical debate. The article concludes by presenting current perspectives on care for women at Reference Centers.
gender violence; public policies; Maria da Penha Law