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Latest items for DV-DATA-1

April 1, 2020, 6:28 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: DV-DATA-1

"No specific federal law prohibits domestic violence, which was widespread" (38).
March 29, 2020, 6:41 p.m.
Countries: Maldives
Variables: DV-DATA-1

The table titled "Sustainable Development Goals Indicators" shows that the proportion of ever-partnered women and girls aged 15 or older subjected to physical, sexual or psychological violence by a current or former intimate partner in the previous 12 months is 16.7. The data is broken down further, with the proportions experiencing physical violence, sexual violence, and psychological violence being 5.5, 0.7, and 14.1, respectively (xxix). "Among women age 15-49, 17% have experienced physical violence and 11% have experienced sexual violence. Four percent of women have experienced physical violence during a pregnancy" (219). "Twenty-four percent of ever-married women age 15-49 have experienced physical, sexual, or emotional violence from their current or...more
March 23, 2020, 4:38 p.m.
Countries: New Zealand
Variables: DV-DATA-1

A 2011 United Nations report rated New Zealand as one of the worst countries for domestic violence among 22 developed nations (para 4).
Feb. 15, 2020, 9:16 p.m.
Countries: Italy
Variables: DV-DATA-1

"Partners commit approximately 23 per cent of sexual abuse cases." (para 50). "The growing general awareness is also confirmed by the significant increase in the request for precautionary measures (with a total of 30 per cent) for: domestic violence…" (para 58).
Feb. 8, 2020, 7:27 p.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: DV-DATA-1

"Respondents are asked if they agree that a husband is justified in hitting or beating his wife under each of the following five circumstances: she burns the food, she argues with him, she goes out without telling him, she neglects the children, and she refuses to have sex with him. If respondents answer “yes” in at least one circumstance, they are considered to have attitudes justifying wife beating. Overall, 6% of women and 9% of men age 15-49 agree that a husband is justified in beating his wife in at least one of the five specified circumstances. Among both women and men, neglecting the children is the most acceptable reason...more
Feb. 5, 2020, 5:50 p.m.
Countries: East Timor
Variables: DV-DATA-1

"29% of women age 15-49 experienced physical violence within the 12 months preceding the survey" (pg 299). " 33% of all ever-married women experienced spousal physical violence within the 12 months preceding the survey" (pg 299). "Fourteen percent of women with more than secondary education experienced physical violence in the 12 months preceding the survey, and the percent steadily increases to a high of 40% among women with no education having experienced physical violence in the 12 months preceding the survey" (pg 300). As education increases physical violence also decreases (MM - CODER COMMENT) "Nineteen percent of never-married women, 40% of currently married women, and 42% of divorced, separated, or...more
Jan. 22, 2020, 11:18 p.m.
Countries: Namibia
Variables: DV-DATA-1

"Sister Namibia, a local women's rights organisation, says... one out of five [women] is in an abusive relationship" (para 13).
Jan. 2, 2020, 3:58 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: DV-DATA-1

"Domestic violence related killings have soared to a five-year high, new figures have revealed. Data obtained from the 43 police forces in Britain reveal that there were 173 domestic violence victims last year. The number has risen from 141 in 2017, 139 in 2016, 160 in 2015 and 165 in 2014, the statistics show. The numbers were not broken down by gender. However, analysis of recent data from the Office for National Statistics showed that around three-quarters of victims are women" (para 1-4).
Jan. 2, 2020, 3:52 p.m.
Countries: Russia
Variables: DV-DATA-1

"Nearly one-third of Russia’s population has come face-to-face with domestic violence in their own families or among acquaintances, according to an independent survey published Friday" (para 1). "Official estimates say [domestic violence] happens to one in five women" (para 2). "According to the Levada Center polling agency, 31% of Russian respondents have encountered domestic violence — either in their social circles (19%), between their parents (7%) or in their own families (5%). 'Given the sensitivity of the topic of [domestic] violence in an interview setting, we can assume that the share may be higher in both cases,' Levada said, referring to the 5% and 7% responses. More than two-thirds (68%)...more
Dec. 16, 2019, 9:48 p.m.
Countries: Morocco
Variables: DV-DATA-1

"The national average for gendered violence stood at 54.4% at the time of the survey" (para 5). "Surprisingly, perhaps, the survey’s findings established that domestic violence is more pervasive in urban settings, with 55.8% women reported to have experienced it in some form—pointed or more subtle— between January and March. The figure stood at the slightly lower 51.6% for women in rural, remote zones. The survey predictably found that women aged 25-29 are the biggest victims of the bleak practice. 59.8% of women in that age category are said to have encountered gender-based violence in the past twelve months" (para 6-7).
Dec. 14, 2019, 6:47 p.m.
Countries: Guatemala
Variables: DV-DATA-1

"…most women are killed by lovers, family members, husbands or partners--men angered by women acting independently, enraged by jealousy, or, like Gehovany, driven by a deeply ingrained sense of control over women's lives" (para 28). "Domestic abuse is the most common crime here. Of the several dozen complaints the Jalapa authorities receive each week, about half involve violence against women. 'It's like our daily bread,' said Dora Elizabeth Monson, the prosecutor for women's issues in Jalapa. 'Women recieve it morning, afternoon and night'" (para 49-50). "Across Guatemala, complaints of domestic violence have skyrocketed as more women come forward to report abuse. Every week, it seems, a new, gruesome case emerges...more
Dec. 14, 2019, 6:40 p.m.
Countries: Spain
Variables: DV-DATA-1

"Despite the Franco regime ending more than 40 years ago, an intensely macho culture still pervades modern Spain--between 2016 and 2017 there was an 18% rise in domestic violence perpetrated against women" (para 5).
Dec. 14, 2019, 6:36 p.m.
Countries: Spain
Variables: DV-DATA-1

"So far this year, 42 women have been murdered in domestic violence attacks and 32 children left motherless. Since the government began recording such murders in 2003, 1,017 women have been killed by their current or former partners" (para 4).
Dec. 14, 2019, 2:59 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: DV-DATA-1

"He says he is aware of around 2,100 women in Baghpat district alone in such [polyandrous] unions and the majority are enduring horrific physical and sexual abuse" (para 15). "Shakuntala* was also forced into a polyandrous marriage with two brothers in a Baghpat village. 'We would fight a lot,' she recalls, 'he would hit me really bad'" (para 54-55).
Dec. 8, 2019, 8:22 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: DV-DATA-1

"A study issued in January by UN Women and the nongovernmental gender equality group Promundo found that 80 percent of Afghan women have experienced domestic physical violence" (para. 26).
Dec. 7, 2019, 10:50 a.m.
Countries: Somalia
Variables: INFIB-DATA-2, DV-DATA-1

"TrustLaw, part of the Thomson Reuters Legal Foundation, determined in a 2011 survey that 'Somalia was the fifth worst place in the world to be a woman,' due to risk of female genital mutilation and domestic violence. Indeed, the minister for development and social affairs at the time, Maryan Qasim, told The Guardian that she was surprised that Somalia was not in first place, because for women it is 'a living hell' (3).
Dec. 6, 2019, 2:23 p.m.
Countries: Brazil
Variables: DV-DATA-1

"Over 263,000 women suffered serious injuries at the hands of their partner, according to the study, which was based on governmental data" (para 5).
Nov. 14, 2019, 1:30 p.m.
Countries: Poland
Variables: DV-DATA-1

"During the first half of the year, police identified 964 cases of alleged domestic violence… During 2016, the most recent year for which statistics are available, 2,505 interagency teams operated around the country, assisting more than 180,000 persons" (18).
Oct. 25, 2019, 9:36 p.m.
Countries: Haiti
Variables: DV-DATA-1

"Women’s rights groups and human rights organizations reported domestic violence against women remained commonplace" (18).
Oct. 22, 2019, 1:55 p.m.
Countries: Equatorial Guinea
Variables: DV-DATA-1

"No statistics were publicly available on prosecutions, convictions, or punishments during the year" (20).
Oct. 1, 2019, 2:44 p.m.
Countries: Philippines
Variables: DV-DATA-1

"Domestic violence against women remained a serious and widespread problem... From January to June, the Department of Social Welfare assisted 199,218 women categorized as 'women in especially difficult circumstances.' Of these, the great majority of cases involved physical, psychological, and sexual abuse… As of June the PNP reported 15,742 cases of domestic violence against women and children" (25). "From January to June, Department of Welfare offices served 2,396 victims of child abuse, 69 percent of whom were girls" (27).
Sept. 5, 2019, 1:56 p.m.
Countries: Congo
Variables: DV-DATA-1

"Domestic violence against women, including rape and beatings, was widespread but rarely reported" (23).
Aug. 21, 2019, 10:15 p.m.
Countries: Zimbabwe
Variables: DV-DATA-1

"In Zimbabwe, 39 percent of women believe that a husband is justified in beating his wife for at least one of five specified circumstances (Table 15.7.1). The comparable figure among men is 33 percent (Table 15.7.2, Figure 15.5). In addition, for each of the specified circumstances, men were less likely as women to agree that wife beating was justified" (300). "Thirty-two percent of ever-married women have experienced spousal emotional violence; 24 percent experienced spousal emotional violence in the 12 months preceding the survey" (315). "Overall, 35 percent of ever-married women age 15-49 experienced physical or sexual violence from a spouse, and of these women, 37 percent reported experiencing physical injuries"...more
Aug. 6, 2019, 8:14 a.m.
Countries: Comoros
Variables: DV-DATA-1

"No reliable data were available on the extent of the problem. Women rarely filed official complaints" (page 9).
July 31, 2019, 6:50 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: DV-DATA-1

"Complainants claiming human rights violations generally sought assistance from the HRC or the NSHR, which either advocated on their behalf or provided courts with opinions on their cases. The HRC generally responded to complaints and could refer cases to the PPO; domestic violence cases were the most common" (20). Domestic violence typically implies a female victim (AMG-CODER COMMENT).
July 30, 2019, 6:50 p.m.
Countries: Slovakia
Variables: DV-DATA-1

"A 2012 government study showed that 23 percent of 13- to 15-year-old persons suffered physical abuse and 7 percent suffered sexual abuse. Domestic abuse carries basic penalties of three to eight years’ imprisonment. As of September, police reported 376 cases of domestic abuse of minors" (p. 15).
July 30, 2019, 6:50 p.m.
Countries: Slovakia
Variables: DV-DATA-1

"As of August police had identified 350 domestic violence cases, up from 284 during the same period in 2016" (p. 15).
July 30, 2019, 8:55 a.m.
Countries: Ghana
Variables: DV-DATA-1

"Survey data released in 2016 suggested 27.7 percent of women and 20 percent of men had experienced at least one type of domestic violence in the 12 months prior to the study" (p. 15).
July 24, 2019, 6:29 p.m.
Countries: Chad
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1, DV-LAW-1, DV-LAW-2, DV-DATA-1

"Although the law prohibits violence against women, domestic violence was widespread. Police rarely intervened, and women had limited legal recourse" (page 16).
July 23, 2019, 8:03 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: DV-DATA-1

"Eighty percent of women and 72% of men believe that a husband is justified in beating his wife in at least 1 of 5 specified circumstances, particularly if she goes out without telling her husband (67% and 61%, respectively)" (251). "Among ever-married women who had experienced spousal physical violence in the past 12 months, 26% reported experiencing physical injuries" (273). "Ever-married women who have experienced physical violence since age 15 most commonly report their husbands as perpetrators of the violence. Ninety-four percent of ever-married women who have experienced physical violence since age 15 reported their current husband as a perpetrator and 3% reported a former husband as a perpetrator. Other...more