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Jan. 18, 2021, 3:50 p.m.
Countries: France
Variables: DV-DATA-1

"By November, 136 women had been killed in domestic violence in 2019" (para 10).
Jan. 8, 2021, 1:51 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: DV-DATA-1

“A young woman has been hospitalized in northern Afghanistan and is hoping to travel to Turkey for reconstructive surgery after her husband cut off her nose, the police and the woman’s family said on Tuesday.The woman, Reza Gul, 20, was attacked by her husband with a knife on Sunday in Shar-Shar, a village in an impoverished and Taliban-controlled part of Faryab Province. Reza Gul was in stable condition on Tuesday in a hospital in Maimana, the provincial capital, according to a spokesman for the Faryab police, Sayed Massoud Yaqubi” (para. 1-2). “Throughout the six years Reza Gul and her husband, Muhammad Khan, 25, have been married, he and members of...more
Jan. 1, 2021, 6:12 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: DV-DATA-1

“'When you degrade the escape routes, when you make women poorer, when you cut the council budgets for vulnerable children, when you reduce the police and increase the number of perpetrators released under investigation, you endanger women and children.' The ONS report said female victims were most likely to be killed in or around a home, accounting for 71 per cent (170) of offences” (para. 10-11). “And the suspect was a partner or ex-partner in nearly four in 10 (38 per cent, or 80) killings of adult women, up 17 from 63 the previous year, but similar to the average of 82 a year over the last decade” (para. 12)....more
Jan. 1, 2021, 4 p.m.
Countries: Finland
Variables: MURDER-DATA-1, DV-DATA-1

"Among the most serious concerns is domestic violence, with rates for abuse and intimate partner killings among the highest in Europe" (para 19).
Jan. 1, 2021, 3:52 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: DV-DATA-1

"The Puerto Rican police are notorious for mishandling reports of intimate partner abuse and for high rates of domestic violence within their own ranks. The U.S. Justice Department found that from 2005 to 2010, the police department received 1,459 complaints alleging domestic violence carried out by its officers. At least 98 officers were arrested multiple times on domestic violence charges between 2007 and 2010" (para 9). "Based on information collected from news reports, Kilómetro Cero researchers were able to determine that at least 75 murders of women involved an intimate partner. The police department data, however, only listed “domestic violence” as a motive in 59 cases" (para 18).more
Jan. 1, 2021, 3:52 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: DV-DATA-1

"The Puerto Rican police are notorious for mishandling reports of intimate partner abuse and for high rates of domestic violence within their own ranks. The U.S. Justice Department found that from 2005 to 2010, the police department received 1,459 complaints alleging domestic violence carried out by its officers. At least 98 officers were arrested multiple times on domestic violence charges between 2007 and 2010" (para 9). "Based on information collected from news reports, Kilómetro Cero researchers were able to determine that at least 75 murders of women involved an intimate partner. The police department data, however, only listed “domestic violence” as a motive in 59 cases" (para 18).more
Jan. 1, 2021, 2:26 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: DV-DATA-1

"The practice of child marriage creates numerous problems for society, according to SSO....If the partners do not get along, women fall victim to domestic violence, or the families that arranged the union may argue. This can lead to dissolution of the marriage or family feuds that escalate into tribal battles and honor killings" (para 7).
Dec. 31, 2020, 1:39 p.m.
Countries: Mexico
Variables: DV-DATA-1

"In March, Mexico’s government said, the country’s emergency call centers were flooded with more than 26,000 reports of violence against women, the highest since the hotline was created" (para 1). "The group responsible for organizing a feminist protest earlier this year wrote on Twitter that the Mexican government should 'count to ten yourselves,' since 'that’s the number of daily femicides in the country' " (para 15). "When asked about the president’s comments, Ms. Ochoa noted that most calls to the government’s 911 help line for all types of assistance are, in fact, pranks or non-urgent calls. However, the government’s tally of the rise in domestic violence calls in March excluded...more
Dec. 24, 2020, 10:28 a.m.
Countries: Malaysia
Variables: DV-DATA-1

"Among the 10,810 cases of domestic violence reported between 2015 and 2016, only 7 percent resulted in a conviction, according to official figures cited in a report by the non-profit Women's Aid Organisation" (para 4).
Dec. 23, 2020, 8:58 p.m.
Countries: Sierra Leone
Variables: DV-DATA-1

“At first no one knew why the five-year-old girl could no longer move her legs or control her urine. For months she lay on the ground, unable to walk or play” (para 1). “Some in the community blamed witchcraft but the real reason was more horrific: The child had been brutally raped and left paralyzed as a result of her injuries” (para 2). “Health workers at the Aberdeen Women's Center have determined she was in fact only 4 when the rape took place. Those who have cared for her especially want to see the law fully implemented as a deterrent” (para 13).
Dec. 23, 2020, 2:28 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: DV-DATA-1

"Over 40 percent of women in marriages have reported domestic violence" (para 21).
Dec. 21, 2020, 10:12 p.m.
Countries: Rwanda
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2, DV-DATA-1

"In Rwanda, a key sociocultural factor that plays a role in inhibiting women’s reporting of IPV or likelihood to leave a violent relationship is that women have a wide-reaching acceptance of violence against women (Rani, Bonu, & Diop-Sidibe,2004 ). In a recent national survey, relatively high proportions of women in Rwanda agreed that wife beatingis acceptable in particular situations, for example, if she burns the food (19%), neglects the children (44%), goes out without telling him (36%), or refuses to have sexual intercourse with him (37%; National Institute of Statistics Rwanda, 2012). Rwanda can therefore be understood as a constrained social context where IPV is a socially accepted part of...more
Dec. 21, 2020, 9:47 p.m.
Countries: Nicaragua
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2, DV-LAW-1, DV-DATA-1

"Domestic violence is widespread in Nicaragua. According to police figures, 34.5 percent of all crimes reported last year involved domestic violence. Women can endure physical and psychological abuse for years behind closed doors before filing a case against their aggressors, which women often only do as a last resort when they believe their lives are in danger. 'Women do not turn to the state because they want to do more talking. They turn to the state when they want protection. They don’t do that unless they are really desperate,' Major said. Last month, lawmakers in Nicaragua voted by a huge majority to allow mediation in some cases involving violence against...more
Dec. 17, 2020, 5:27 p.m.
Countries: Tajikistan
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2, DV-DATA-1

"In a country like Tajikistan, where customs and traditions are extremely important, battered women do not speak out and prefer to conceal the truth fearing criticism from neighbors and family. In the meantime, human rights experts say that for around 90% of Tajik families domestic violence is an issue" (1).
Dec. 10, 2020, 3:09 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: DV-DATA-1

“Another hugely important victory for campaigners is the removal of the so-called ‘rough sex defence’ following 18 months of campaigning by the group We Can’t Consent To This” (para 16). “We Can't Consent To This has researched 60 examples of women who were killed during so-called ‘sex games gone wrong’ in the UK since 1972. The group claims that 45% of these cases ended in a ‘lesser charge of manslaughter, a lighter sentence, or the death not being investigated as a crime at all’” (para 18). “During the COVID-19 pandemic, domestic abuse has sky-rocketed in the UK and around the world. At least 26 women and girls have been killed...more
Dec. 9, 2020, 11:21 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: DV-DATA-1

“India was classified the most dangerous place for women in 2018 because of its high levels of domestic and sexual violence” (para 12).
Dec. 7, 2020, 11 a.m.
Countries: Turkey
Variables: DV-DATA-1

“One out of every two women killed since 2010 was murdered either by their husbands or boyfriends, with at least 396 taking place at the stage of breaking up or divorce” (para 4). “Some 62 percent of women were killed by their husbands, boyfriends, former husbands or former boyfriends, corresponding to 1,193 femicides” (para 7). “At least 213 women were killed either by their fathers, sons or brothers and 114 were killed by male relatives” (para 8). “Among the ‘justifications’ for these murders are suspicion of being cheated on, divorce requests, refusal to get back together, and so-called ‘honor killings.’ Among the men who committed the killings were those who...more
Dec. 3, 2020, 12:41 a.m.
Countries: Sweden
Variables: LRW-DATA-1, DV-DATA-1

"In 2007, the US State Department recorded 6,192 cases of child abuse in Sweden by November of that year. It also reported homophobic crime was on the rise, and tens of thousands of rapes and domestic violence incidents in a population of just nine million" (para 12).
Dec. 1, 2020, 9:42 p.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2, DV-DATA-1

"The traditional values prevailing in all sections of South African society reinforce the attitude that 'wife-beating' is a private affair, and to complain to the police is therefore to exhibit disloyalty and invite ostracism. One woman who spoke at a focus group organized by the Women's National Coalition had internalized societal views to such an extent that she saw herself as a child, who should therefore be subject to physical punishment: 'a man should beat you up if you deserve it'. Battered women often want only the abuse to end, not the relationship, and are therefore reluctant to have recourse to official channels of redress, which often increase the likelihood...more
Nov. 30, 2020, 11:21 p.m.
Countries: Solomon Islands
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-5, DV-PRACTICE-2, DV-DATA-1, DMW-PRACTICE-1

"In the Solomon Islands, women are generally regarded as having a lower social status than men and there are gender inequalities in many areas of life. Women are expected to be obedient, faithful, perform household chores, defer to their husband on decision making and bear children. Physical punishment is often used to discipline women who are seen as stepping outside their prescribed gender role... Men gave the following reasons for intimate partner violence: alcohol, gender inequality, justified as discipline, bride price. Male perpetrators most often become angry with their wives for not conforming to traditional gender roles e.g. not preparing food on time or completing housework, refusing sex, being disobedient...more
Nov. 24, 2020, 10:44 p.m.
Countries: China
Variables: MURDER-DATA-1, DV-DATA-1

“There’s renewed outrage over domestic violence in China, as Lamu, a 30-year-old vlogger, living in a remote area of Sichuan province, was set on fire and burned to death by her ex-husband” (para 4).
Nov. 24, 2020, 10:43 p.m.
Countries: Belgium
Variables: MURDER-DATA-1, DV-DATA-1

“A Belgian man has been cleared of murdering his former wife with an awl after a 2018 divorce hearing, and released from prison for time served, after being convicted on a lesser charge of culpable homicide” (para 5).
Nov. 24, 2020, 3:52 p.m.
Countries: Bolivia
Variables: DV-DATA-1

“The latest femicide victim was 26-year-old mother Mery Vila, killed last week by her partner who beat her on the head with a hammer” (para 6). “According to a 2016 national government survey, seven of every 10 women in Bolivia said they had suffered some type of violence inflicted by a partner” (para 10).
Nov. 16, 2020, 4:33 p.m.
Countries: Malaysia
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2, DV-DATA-1

WAO has produced a 45 page Report on 'Battered Women in Malaysia: Prevalence, Problems and Public Attitudes', 1995 (available from the WAO office). This report is based on a national research study of Malaysia conducted by WAO between 1990 and 1992. Until then, no national studies on battered women existed in Malaysia. From this national survey, it was estimated that in 1989, 1.8 million or 36% of women over the age 15 were beaten by their husbands or boyfriends. Only 909 women actually reported violence to the police. Many battered women have told WAO their stories of seeking assistance and how they were not listened to, were advised to be...more
Nov. 16, 2020, 4:25 p.m.
Countries: Malaysia
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2, DV-DATA-1

"Recent studies from the Domestic Violence Act states 39% of Malaysian women estimated to have been abused by their partners, domestic violence is a significant, but often a hidden social problem. The ‘invisibility’ of the problem is largely attributed to the sensitivity of the issues surrounding the problem, especially the traditional belief in the sanctity and privacy of the family and the intimacy of marital relationships" (para 8).
Nov. 13, 2020, 2:49 p.m.
Countries: Kyrgyzstan
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2, DV-LAW-1, DV-DATA-1

"The 2003 Law on Social-Legal Protection from Domestic Violence is designed to prevent, rather than penalise, such violence. Spousal rape, however, is punishable under Kyrgyz legislation. Recent statistics show an increase in violent acts against women: the network of crisis centres providing emergency assistance to the victims of domestic violence dealt with twice as many cases in 2005 as in 2004. Yet psychological pressure, cultural traditions and the behaviour of authorities responsible for applying the legislation discourage women from filing complaints" (75).
Nov. 10, 2020, 9:07 p.m.
Countries: Jamaica
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2, DV-DATA-1

"There are no available statistics on the prevalence of domestic violence in Jamaica but by all accounts it is a serious and widespread problem. Several reports note high rates of domestic and sexual violence and suggest that incidents of domestic violence are underreported due to the prevalence of social and cultural norms, including stigma, and fear of retribution or further violence. It has been reported that many women fail to seek help due to fear, ignorance of the law and embarrassment, and that many women only seek help after their circumstances have become particularly severe. Other reports have suggested that the length of time taken to investigate and prosecute cases...more
Nov. 6, 2020, 11:05 a.m.
Countries: Cameroon
Variables: DV-DATA-1

“A television show that featured a demonstration of how to physically abuse your wife has sparked outrage in Cameroon and calls for an end to impunity in a country where violence against women runs high” (para 1). “‘We talked about a case of a fight between a husband and his wife. And the wife had caught the husband by the testicles,’ he said” (para 10). “More than half all Cameroonian women have experienced physical or sexual violence from their partners at some point in their lives, according to UN Women” (para 12).
Oct. 31, 2020, 11:42 p.m.
Countries: Papua New Guinea
Variables: DV-DATA-1

“Papua New Guinea has been rocked by a sickening video appearing to show a top female athlete being beaten by a man in a horrific incident of domestic violence. The rugby star and Pacific Games boxing gold medalist Debbie Kaore, is allegedly repeatedly headbutted and hit with a hot iron by her partner Murray Oa, who is a Lieutenant in the Papua New Guinea army” (para 1-2). “Ms Kaore, who teaches women self defence, said she posted the video online to raise awareness about domestic violence” (para 6). “Suffering from facial burns and severe lacerations which required stitches, Ms Kaore is now heavily bandaged as a result of the vicious...more
Oct. 23, 2020, 3:08 p.m.
Countries: Croatia
Variables: DV-DATA-1

"Roma women face higher risk than non-Roma women of being exposed to all forms of violence, notably domestic violence" (13).