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March 13, 2021, 4:47 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"The Committee notes that changes in the allocation of Government funding from needs-based to 'commissioning' frameworks, and the gender neutral interpretation of the Gender Equality Duty, have had a negative impact on funding to women’s organizations and the provision of 'women-only' services, in particular domestic violence shelters and rape crisis centres. Despite the establishment by the Government of an interim short-term emergency fund, the Committee notes with concern the impending closure of a number of rape crisis centres, as well as of domestic violence shelters, women’s health organizations and black, minority and ethnic women’s organizations" (7). "While welcoming the various measures undertaken by the State party to combat and eliminate...more
March 6, 2021, 9:44 p.m.
Countries: United Arab Emirates
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has made important women’s rights reforms in recent years, such as passing new domestic violence protections, but significant discrimination against women and girls remains, Human Rights Watch said today" (para 1). "The UAE has carried out some reforms, such as [ . . . ] explicitly affirmed a man’s legal right to discipline his wife and children" (para 6). "In March 2020, a new domestic violence law came into effect that included provisions enabling women to obtain restraining orders against abusers. However, the law’s definition of domestic violence reinforces male guardians’ ability to discipline their wives, female relatives, and children to an extent that authorities...more
Feb. 13, 2021, 6:07 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: DV-LAW-1

“Pakistan's parliament passed a resolution Friday calling for the public hanging of convicted child killers and rapists” (para 1) The resolution is non-binding (ERD- CODER COMMENT).
Feb. 8, 2021, 7:43 p.m.
Countries: Tajikistan
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"The government has made important efforts to combat domestic violence but survivors, lawyers, and service providers reported that the 2013 domestic violence law remains largely unimplemented.Domestic violence and marital rape are not specifically criminalized" (para 17). "In November 2018, the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) expressed concern that domestic violence is “widespread but underreported,” and that there is “systemic impunity for perpetrators . . . as illustrated by the low number of prosecutions and convictions” and no systematic monitoring of gender-based violence" (para 18).
Feb. 8, 2021, 6:09 p.m.
Countries: Italy
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"A law to combat gender-based violence, came into force in August. The law increases prison sentences for sexual crimes and domestic violence [ . . . ] and requires prosecutors to meet within three days anyone who reports domestic or gender-based violence to police" (para 6).
Feb. 4, 2021, 11:07 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"Pursuant to UN Security Council Resolution 1325, passed in 2000, Afghanistan has put in place the Elimination of Violence against Women Law (EVAW Law), including the establishment of the Commissions on EVAW at national and local levels and the EVAW Prosecution Units. It also has seen to the creation of women protection centers and the progressive increase in recruitment of policewomen (para 10).
Jan. 31, 2021, 3:04 p.m.
Countries: Australia
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"Domestic/family violence impacts on women's ability to remain in the workforce. The Fair Work Commission recently ruled that workers covered by Awards will have access to five days of unpaid domestic violence leave per year" (11). "CALD women experience higher levels of violence than the general population. CALD women are more likely to experience abuse by extended family members, abuse related to their immigration status, dowry demands and forced marriage. The family violence provisions in the Migration Regulations only protect some women from deportation if they leave a violent relationship. Women on certain temporary visas, including temporary work visas, business or student visas cannot access the family violence provisions and...more
Jan. 31, 2021, 1:58 p.m.
Countries: Angola
Variables: DV-LAW-1

“The Domestic Violence Act and its implementing regulations set out measures for the protection of victims. The Victim’s Statute guarantees a set of rights, including, where needed, access to shelters; preferential attention by the competent authorities to obtain evidence; free public or private institutional care; issuance of certificates attesting to a person’s status as a victim of domestic violence; protection of the victim and the victim’s family or persons in a family-like situation, provided the competent authorities consider that there is a serious threat of acts of revenge or strong indications that the individual’s privacy may be seriously disturbed” (pp. 9). “In recent years, the Angolan State has adopted a...more
Jan. 29, 2021, 5:45 p.m.
Countries: Mexico
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"In response to the rallies and the strike, the administration said it will not be altering current policy or making new policy to fight femicide and other violence against women" (14).
Jan. 26, 2021, 3:44 p.m.
Countries: France
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1, DV-LAW-1

“In 2013 her husband was convicted of assaulting her and sentenced to a year in jail. He was given a restraining order after his release but this has been lifted. ‘It goes in cycles these days. He'll leave me alone for a few months, and then he will turn up and hammer on the door. I call the police and they do respond now, mainly because of the media interest in my case. But I am not free’ (para 16).
Jan. 18, 2021, 3:50 p.m.
Countries: France
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1, DV-LAW-1

"In September, the government announced measures to step up the fight against domestic violence, including steps to make it easier to report incidents and an increase in shelter spaces. It was criticized by civil society groups for not allocating enough resources to implement the plans" (para 10).
Jan. 1, 2021, 2:57 p.m.
Countries: Tanzania
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"And while the 2009 Child Act did not expressly outlaw child marriage, it did define a child as a person under the age of 18, stating that a parent should 'protect the child from neglect, discrimination, violence, abuse, exposure to physical and moral hazards and oppression' (para 23).
Dec. 24, 2020, 12:43 p.m.
Countries: Turkey
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"New Turkish legislation, law number 6284, designed to protect families and prevent violence against women was also passed after Ankara joined the convention" (para 9).
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. 21, 2020, 11:43 a.m.
Countries: United Arab Emirates
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"UAE issued family violence law that protect all family members with no gender based discrimination" (para 26).
Dec. 17, 2020, 5:59 p.m.
Countries: Tanzania
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1, DV-PRACTICE-2, DV-LAW-1

"Domestic violence and sexual violence are highly prevalent in Tanzania. Customs and traditional practices condone the harassment and abuse of women and a culture of impunity prevails. Cases of violence are underreported and those that are reported are often settled out of court. Existing laws do not adequately protect women from violence. The Penal Code does not contain a specific provision on domestic violence and does not criminalise marital rape. In 2001, the Tanzanian government adopted a National Plan of Action to Combat Violence Against Women and Children (2001 – 2015), but the effective implementation of this plan has been hindered by inadequate funding and the lack of a comprehensive...more
Dec. 17, 2020, 5:11 p.m.
Countries: Taiwan
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2, DV-LAW-1

"With the passing of the Domestic Violence Prevention Act, the government and the people began to promote the notion that 'domestic violence is not only a family matter but a criminal behavior.' Domestic violence has moved from the private sphere to the public sphere where it has always belonged. The new notion not only breaks from traditional societal values but also clashes with the patriarchal attitudes of some law enforcement officials, allowing abused women and children to hold the hope of escaping from violence. Moreover, local women’s groups not only dedicate themselves to direct services and indirect promotional work, they also collaborate to speak for abused women and children, while...more
Dec. 10, 2020, 3:09 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: DV-LAW-1

“On July 6, the UK’s House of Commons passed the much-awaited Domestic Abuse Bill, in a moment described as ‘landmark’ by campaigners against violence against women and girls” (para 1). “Crucially, what the Bill does is create Britain’s first ever ‘statutory definition of domestic abuse, emphasising that domestic abuse is not just physical violence, but can also be emotional, coercive or controlling, and economic,’ the government’s summary of the legislation says” (para 4). “It means that a wider range of behaviour such as ‘financial abuse’ — which includes behaviour like controlling the family income entirely, limiting access to utilities, and property damage — has been recognised as domestic abuse. Meanwhile...more
Dec. 7, 2020, 12:46 p.m.
Countries: Indonesia
Variables: LRCM-LAW-3, DV-LAW-1, DV-LAW-2

“Repeat offenders and those who abuse family members face 10 to 20 years jail and courts can also order their chemical castration and tagging with a microchip” (para 2).
Dec. 3, 2020, 3:47 p.m.
Countries: Vanuatu
Variables: DV-LAW-1

“Family Protection Act, in 2008, criminaliz[es]…domestic violence and provid[es]…for protection orders specific to family violence” (2). “The Committee welcomes the adoption of the Family Protection Act (2008), which criminalizes domestic violence and provides for protection orders” (5).
Dec. 1, 2020, 10:22 p.m.
Countries: South Korea
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"Dubbed 'four evils' insurance, the new policy will compensate victims of the four biggest social problems of South Korean society today -- bullying in school, low-quality or 'adulterated' food products, domestic violence and rape -- as defined by the Park Geun-hye government" (para 2).
Nov. 16, 2020, 5:11 p.m.
Countries: Maldives
Variables: LRCM-LAW-1, DV-LAW-1

"In the event a male perpetrator bound by marriage with a female victim has committed an act of domestic violence against the female victim, for the purposes of this Act, their marriage shall be dissolved at the request of the female victim where the court finds the existence of any of the following grounds which have been prescribed under Islamic Shari’ah as grounds under which “thafriq” is permissible:- (a) The seriousness of the act of domestic violence has caused an impediment to the resumption of a peaceful life between the male perpetrator and the female victim. (b) The protection and wellbeing of the female victim cannot be granted certainty due...more
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).
Oct. 22, 2020, 2:22 p.m.
Countries: Armenia
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"Despite the pervasiveness of domestic violence and Armenia’s obligations under Article 2 of the Convention to adopt appropriate legislation to eliminate discrimination, including violence against women, there is currently no law against domestic violence and no policies or prevention programs. The Armenian government rejected two earlier draft laws. In 2010, the government rejected the draft law based on several articles that they said contradicted constitutional law as well as government officials’ insistence that the government did not have the resources to enforce the law, which included opening and maintaining shelters. The government representatives made no attempt to rectify the draft law and outright rejected it. In 2012, a coalition that...more
Oct. 16, 2020, 3:18 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1, DV-LAW-1

“Near to 90 percent of population, most of them in remote and rural villages, trust on customary law as a main access to justice” (2). No customary law on DV. There are customary laws but none of them aknowledges violence against women as a crime (CODER COMMENT).
Oct. 16, 2020, 1:28 p.m.
Countries: Australia
Variables: DV-LAW-1

“[W]omen living in Melbourne's north-west cannot get access to vital domestic violence flexible support packages. Announced in 2016, the packages are supposed to provide up to $10,000 to victims experiencing family violence by assisting them to 'access support, move out of crisis, stabilise and improve their safety, well-being and independence into recovery'. Lauren said she was unable to receive funding for security cameras at her house because the welfare agency had exhausted its allocation of packages” (Para 4-6). Lauren had been receiving specific death threats from her abusive ex-partner and had recently moved houses to avoid her tormentor (BC - CODER COMMENT).
Oct. 16, 2020, 12:25 p.m.
Countries: Zambia
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"'gender-based violence' means any physical, mental, social or economic abuse against a person because of that person’s gender, and includes— (a) violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual or psychological harm or suffering to the person, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or private life; and (b) actual or threatened physical, mental, social or economic abuse that occurs in a domestic relationship;" (6).
Oct. 16, 2020, 11:59 a.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"Violence against women is defined as a violation of human rights and a form of discrimination against women and includes all acts of gender based violence that result in, or are likely to result in, physical, sexual, psychological or economic harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty whether occurring in public or private life" (20).
Oct. 15, 2020, 8:10 p.m.
Countries: Namibia
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"(e) harassment, which means repeatedly following, pursuing or accosting the complainant, or a family member or dependant of the complainant, or making persistent unwelcome communications, and includes but is not limited to - (i) watching, or loitering outside or near the building or place where such person resides, works, carries on business, studies or happens to be; (ii) repeatedly making telephone calls or inducing a third person to make telephone calls to such person, whether or not conversation ensues; or (iii) repeatedly sending, delivering or causing the delivery of letters, telegrams, packages, facsimiles, electronic mail or other objects or messages to such person’s residence, school or workplace; (f) entering the...more
Oct. 15, 2020, 8:06 p.m.
Countries: Namibia
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"(c) economic abuse, which includes - (i) the unreasonable deprivation of any economic or financial resources to which the complainant, or a family member or dependant of the complainant is entitled under any law, requires out of necessity or has a reasonable expectation of use, including household necessities, and mortgage bond repayments or rent payments in respect of a shared household; (ii) unreasonably disposing of moveable or immovable property in which the complainant or a family member or dependant of the complainant, has an interest or a reasonable expectation of use; (iii) destroying or damaging, property in which the complainant, or a family member or a dependant of the complainant,...more