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April 3, 2020, 5:29 p.m.
Countries: China
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"One of the ruling Chinese Communist Party’s founding principles, after all, is that women and men are equal, and recent changes in legislation introduced harsher penalties for rapists and child abusers. In December 2015, China’s legislature passed a domestic violence law, although it does not directly address sexual violence" (para 4).
April 1, 2020, 6:28 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"No specific federal law prohibits domestic violence, which was widespread.Forms of domestic violence reportedly included beating, physical disfigurement, shaving of women’s eyebrows and hair, and--in the most extreme cases--homicide. In-laws abused and harassed the wives of their sons. Dowry and other family- related disputes sometimes resulted in death or disfigurement by burning or acid" (38).
Feb. 14, 2020, 12:34 p.m.
Countries: Lebanon
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"The law criminalizes domestic violence, but it does not specifically provide protection for women" (28).
Feb. 8, 2020, 7:27 p.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"Legal frameworks such as the 1998 Domestic Violence Act No. 116 were formulated to curb the problem. This legislation protects women from domestic violence by providing accessible legal instruments aiming to prevent further incidents of abuse within domestic relationships" (355).
Jan. 30, 2020, 1:05 p.m.
Countries: Yemen
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1, DV-LAW-1

"The law provides women with protection against domestic violence, except spousal rape, under the general rubric of protecting persons against violence, but authorities did not enforce this provision effectively" (29).
Jan. 2, 2020, 3:52 p.m.
Countries: Russia
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"Russia decriminalized certain forms of domestic violence in 2017" (para 2).
Dec. 8, 2019, 8:28 p.m.
Countries: China
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"Laws and regulations protecting women’s rights and interests have been constantly improved. Over the past two decades, more than 20 laws and regulations have been enacted and revised, including the Marriage Law, Population and Family Planning Law, Employment Promotion Law, Organic Law of the Villagers Committees, Social Insurance Law, Law on the Protection of Rights and Interests of Women, and Special Regulations on the Labor Protection of Female Employees. The 31 provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities directly under the central government on China’s mainland have revised their measures for implementing the Law on the Protection of Rights and Interests of Women. Major progress has been made in legislation addressing violence...more
Dec. 8, 2019, 8:22 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"It is in this environment that Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has refused to put a bill to a parliamentary vote that would prohibit violence against women -- despite years of domestic and international focus on the legislation" (para. 28).
Dec. 6, 2019, 11:35 a.m.
Countries: Lebanon
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"Emirati family law allows women to be punished for disobeying, and [Latifa] said [Sheikha Shamsa] was frequently pulled out of bed to be beaten, deprived of medical care and, until the final few months, even a toothbrush" (para 23).
Nov. 14, 2019, 1:30 p.m.
Countries: Poland
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"The law permits authorities to place restraining orders without prior approval from a court on spouses to protect against abuse" (18).
Nov. 7, 2019, 6:16 p.m.
Countries: Egypt
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1, DV-LAW-1

"Domestic violence was a significant problem. The law does not prohibit domestic violence or spousal abuse, but authorities may apply provisions relating to assault with accompanying penalties. The law requires that an assault victim produce multiple eyewitnesses, a difficult condition for domestic abuse victims. Police often treated domestic violence as a social rather than criminal matter." (42).
Oct. 25, 2019, 9:36 p.m.
Countries: Haiti
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"The law does not classify domestic violence against adults as a distinct crime" (18). "The law prohibits domestic violence against minors" (19).
Oct. 22, 2019, 1:55 p.m.
Countries: Equatorial Guinea
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"Domestic violence is illegal" (20).
Oct. 1, 2019, 2:44 p.m.
Countries: Philippines
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"The law criminalizes physical, sexual, and psychological harm or abuse to women and children committed by their spouses, partners, or parents" (25).
Sept. 5, 2019, 1:56 p.m.
Countries: Congo
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"There were no specific provisions in the law outlawing spousal battery other than general statutes prohibiting assault" (23). "A child protection code provides penalties for crimes against children such as trafficking, pornography, neglect, and abuse" (25).
Aug. 9, 2019, 1 p.m.
Countries: D R Congo
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1, DV-LAW-1, DV-LAW-2

"The law does not provide any specific penalty for domestic violence despite its prevalence. Although the law considers assault a crime, police rarely intervened in perceived domestic disputes. There were no reports of judicial authorities taking action in cases of domestic or spousal abuse" (page 40).
Aug. 6, 2019, 8:14 a.m.
Countries: Comoros
Variables: DV-LAW-1, DV-LAW-2

"The law treats domestic violence as an aggravating circumstance that includes crimes committed by one domestic partner against an existing or former partner. Penalties for conviction include prison sentences up to five years and fines up to two million Comorian francs ($4,500)" (page 9).
July 31, 2019, 6:50 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"The law defines domestic abuse broadly and criminalizes domestic abuse with penalties of one month to one year of imprisonment or a fine of 5,000 to 50,000 riyals ($1,333 to $13,333) unless a court provides a harsher sentence" (40).
July 30, 2019, 6:50 p.m.
Countries: Slovakia
Variables: DV-LAW-1, DV-LAW-2

"Domestic violence against women is punishable by three to eight years’ imprisonment" (p. 15).
July 29, 2019, 8:26 p.m.
Countries: Guinea
Variables: LRW-LAW-1, DV-LAW-1

"The law criminalizes rape and domestic violence" (p. 16).
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 20, 2019, 10:39 p.m.
Countries: Armenia
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"Law on Social Assistance, introducing definitions of violence, gender-based violence against women in the domestic sphere and prior identification measures, in 2014" (2).
July 20, 2019, 8:20 a.m.
Countries: Syria
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1, DV-LAW-1

"The law does not specifically prohibit domestic violence, and violence against women was extensive and generally went unpunished. Victims did not report the vast majority of domestic violence and sexual assault cases. Security forces consistently treated violence against women as a social rather than a criminal matter. Observers reported that when some abused women tried to file a police report, police did not investigate their reports thoroughly, if at all, and that in other cases police officers responded by abusing the women, including by sexual harassment, verbal abuse, hair pulling, and slapping" (Pg 44-45).
July 19, 2019, 6:43 p.m.
Countries: Guinea-Bissau
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"No law prohibits domestic violence, but it, including wife beating, was widespread" (p. 8).
July 19, 2019, 12:46 p.m.
Countries: Turkey
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"The law authorizes police and local officials to grant various levels of protection and support services to victims of violence or to those at risk of violence. It requires the government to provide services to victims, such as shelter and temporary financial support, and empowers family courts to impose sanctions on those responsible for the violence" (page 52).
July 19, 2019, 12:22 p.m.
Countries: Nepal

"Domestic violence against women and girls remained a serious problem. Violence against women and girls, including early and forced marriage, was believed to be one of the major factors responsible for women’s relative poor health, livelihood insecurity, and inadequate social mobilization. Additionally, the practice of early and forced marriage, which remained prevalent, limited girls’ access to education and increased their susceptibility to domestic violence and sexual abuse. The 2009 Domestic Violence (Crime and Punishment) Act allows for settling complaints of domestic violence through mediation with an emphasis on reconciliation. Authorities usually pursued prosecution under the act only when mediation failed. The Nepal Police had women’s cells staffed by female officers...more
July 19, 2019, 9:48 a.m.
Countries: Indonesia

"The law prohibits rape, domestic abuse, and other forms of violence against women. A 2016 government survey found that one-third of women between the ages of 15 and 64 had experienced violence. Violence against women previously had been poorly documented and significantly underreported by the government. Domestic violence was the most common form of violence against women" (Pg 26).
July 18, 2019, 10:36 p.m.
Countries: Slovakia
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"However, the Committee notes with concern: (a) The long delays in adopting comprehensive legislation on violence against women, including domestic violence, and in ratifying the Istanbul Convention" (5).
July 18, 2019, 8:56 p.m.
Countries: Bangladesh
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"The issue of discrimination, abuse and violence, concept of citizenship are vital for the ensuring and promotion of the rights of women. The key laws which may be mentioned in this regard are; (...) Domestic Violence (Prevention and Protection) Act, 2010; Women and Children Repression Act, 2000 (Amendment 2003); Children Act, 2013; (...). As is evident, most of these have been enacted fairly recently and in response to specific need. These laws are expected to provide the basic dispositions to ensure the rights of women, free from discrimination, exploitation, abuse and violence" (10).
July 18, 2019, 3:05 p.m.
Countries: Hungary

"The criminal code includes 'violence within partnership' (domestic violence) as a separate category of offense. Regulations extend prison sentences for assault (light bodily harm) to three years, while grievous bodily harm, violation of personal freedom, or coercion may be punishable by one to five years in prison, if committed against domestic persons. By law police called to a scene of domestic violence may issue an emergency restraining order valid for three days in lieu of immediately filing charges, while courts may issue up to 60-day 'preventive restraining orders' in civil cases, without the option to extend. Women’s rights NGOs continued to criticize the law for not placing sufficient emphasis on...more