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Milestones and legal devices to combat violence against women in BrazilMarcos e dispositivos legais no combate à violência contra a mulher no Brasil Marcos y dispositivos legales para combatir la violencia contra la mujer en Brasil Larissa Alves de Araújo Lima*; Claudete Ferreira de Souza Monteiro**; Fernando José Guedes da Silva Júnior***; Andrea Vieira Magalhães Costa**** Background: Violence against women is the result of a pattern of aggressive behaviors that cause physical, psychological, moral, material, and sexual harm. Objectives: To discuss the historical evolution of the milestones and legal devices to combat violence against women in Brazil.Main topics under analysis: The milestones and legal devices to combat violence against Brazilian woman include an apparatus of laws, ministerial programs, agreements, ordinances, and the creation of specialized police stations. They are based on the Federal Constitution of 1988, the high rates of violence against women, and the country's ratification of international conventions. Conclusion: History shows that milestones and legal devices have been and still are important for the visibility, awareness, and community and academic discussion of the problem. However, it is important to recognize that violence against woman continues to be a public health issue.