Cases of violence toward women are not usually recorded.
In the cases of female deaths for 2004, the police said 175 deaths were from gunshots, 175 were from knife wounds and 323 were from “other causes.”
The “other causes” group hides the amount of sexual violence occurring.
President Oscar Berger said that in the majority of cases, women belonged to gangs. Women are being blamed even after they are killed. Some people also blame the victim by saying they were involved in the sex trade.
A lot of Guatemalan women have given up relying on the police for protection and have sought refuge in other countries.
"Although we are somewhat pessimistic about the situation because of the general deterioration of the social fabric, there have been some advances, given that there are more organizations and greater support for women to come forward and report these crimes," said Ovalle.
Alba Estela Maldonado is leading a commission in Europe to bring attention to the issues women in Guatemala are facing.