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Latest items for DV-PRACTICE-1

April 20, 2018, 4:05 p.m.
Countries: Hungary
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

The Committee welcomes with appreciation the decision of the Parliament in September 2012, to include domestic violence as a specific crime in its new Criminal Code (1).
April 20, 2018, 3:05 p.m.
Countries: Fiji
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1, DV-PRACTICE-1

"Domestic violence and rape cases are not reconcilable under The Crimes Decree and Criminal Procedure Decree. The misuse of cultural practices such as bulubulu (traditional reconciliation practices) to force reconciliation has been eradicated by training in gender competence of police officers, prosecutors, judges and magistrates. This means that the traditional practice of reconciliation and forgiveness ceremony cannot be forced onto victims of rape or domestic violence cases. The judiciary has received intensive training to ensure that reconciliation which is forced on to victims of sexual offences is not used to persuade the court to impose non-custodial sentences. The police have a no-drop policy which means that police officer have no ...more
April 14, 2018, 3:43 p.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: LRW-DATA-1, DV-PRACTICE-1

"The high prevalence of gender-based violence against women, including domestic violence and stalking, as evidenced by the statistics provided by the State party (3,173 assaults against women in 2011, compared with 948 against men)" (Pg 9).
April 10, 2018, 10:42 p.m.
Countries: United Arab Emirates
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee is concerned that the measures taken by the State party to address domestic violence are likely to remain ineffective as long as the chastisement of wives and children continues to be authorized under article 53 of the Penal Code. The Committee notes with serious concern that, in 2010, the Federal Supreme Court issued a ruling upholding that right and that, in 2013, the State party did not accept the recommendation made in the context of the second cycle of the universal periodic review to repeal article 53 (see A/HRC/23/13, para. 128.92). The Committee is also concerned about the slow progress achieved in enacting comprehensive legislation on violence against ...more
April 7, 2018, 11:12 a.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"After SaharGul's father died, she went to live with her stepbrother, Mohammed. Despite her hard work, Mohammed's wife resented the girl. At age 13, she was sold for over $5,000 and had to move hundreds of miles away with her new husband, GhulamSakhi. Refusing to consummate the marriage, Sahar would be drugged by her mother-in-law and raped by her husband. Facing physical abuse and torture, she was made to live in the cellar, bound, tied, and sleeping on the floor" (Pg 14).
April 4, 2018, 11:54 p.m.
Countries: Portugal
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1, DV-PRACTICE-2, DV-LAW-2

"The Committee welcomes the adoption of the fifth national plan to prevent and combat domestic and gender-based violence (2014-2017) and the use of electronic bracelets to prevent domestic violence. However, it is concerned about the following: (a) The prevalence of gender-based violence against women in the domestic sphere and the disproportionately low (albeit increasing) numbers of prosecutions and convictions of perpetrators, compared with the high numbers of reported cases of domestic violence; (b) The limited use of protection orders; (c) The lack of coordination between family and criminal courts in cases of domestic violence. As a result, there are limited options available for women who need immediate protection orders, which ...more
April 4, 2018, 4:40 p.m.
Countries: Vietnam
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee welcomes the efforts made by the State party to build the capacity of the judiciary on gender equality, but is concerned: (a) That the frequent use of reconciliation and mediation for dispute resolution, including in cases of domestic violence and property disputes, favours men over women and hinders women’s access to justice and remedies; (b) That women’s access to legal aid remains low and, under the Legal Aid Law (2006), legal aid is not free of charge for women whose household income is above the poverty line, even if they lack access to household income and/or are survivors of domestic violence." (3-4). "[The Committee] is concerned about: ...the ...more
April 4, 2018, 9:59 a.m.
Countries: East Timor
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee is, however, concerned about:...the long delays for cases of domestic violence to reach the courts and their frequent suspension, the lenient sentences in domestic violence cases, the failure to issue protection orders and the excessive use of mediation under the informal justice system in cases of domestic violence" (5). "The inadequate training for judges, prosecutors, lawyers, police officers and health and social workers on the strict application of the legislation criminalizing violence against women and on gender-sensitive treatment of victims" (6). This inadequate training could lead to lower levels of enforcement for rape and sexual assault laws (CODER COMMENT-BCT).
April 3, 2018, 10:42 p.m.
Countries: Madagascar
Variables: LRW-LAW-3, DV-PRACTICE-1, DV-LAW-3, DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee notes that the State party intends to strengthen and increase the number of legal clinics. It notes with concern, however, the persistence of many barriers to women’s access to justice, especially in cases of divorce and gender - based violence, such as women’s legal illiteracy, the lack of awareness in the State party and in its relevant national legislation of women ’s rights, gender stereotyping, including among law enforcement personnel and traditional chiefs, the subjection of women to customary and traditional legal systems, corruption within the judiciary, the unavailability of courts in rural areas, legal fees and the cost of medical certificates, which are borne by the victims ...more
April 2, 2018, 8:19 a.m.
Countries: Bolivia
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"the Committee is nevertheless concerned about...the referral of cases of violence against women to conciliation procedures, the prohibition on doing so nothwithstanding" (6). "The Committee recommends that the State party...Ensure that cases of violence against women, including domestic violence, are under no circumstances referred to any alternative dispute resolution procedures" (6).
March 28, 2018, 10:04 a.m.
Countries: Uzbekistan
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1, DV-LAW-1

"The Committee further notes that the bill on prevention of violence in the family contains a definition of violence against women, including domestic violence, but remains concerned at the delay in its adoption" (5).
March 20, 2018, 1:29 p.m.
Countries: Gambia
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2, LRW-LAW-2, DV-PRACTICE-1, DV-PRACTICE-2, DV-LAW-2

"The Committee notes the adoption in 2013 of the Domestic Violence Act and the Sexual Offences Act, but is concerned that violence against women remains widespread. It is particularly concerned about: (a) The lack of criminalization of marital rape and the unclear provisions in the Domestic Violence Act relating to the definition of “aggravated” domestic violence and allowing for out-of-court settlements, which often do not take into account women’s best interests; (b) The insufficient implementation of the Domestic Violence Act and the Sexual Offences Act owing, for example, to a lack of resources and the absence of regulations, guidelines and effective reporting mechanisms; (c) The lack of support for women ...more
March 19, 2018, 8:20 a.m.
Countries: Colombia
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1, DV-LAW-1

"The Committee is concerned at the high prevalence of violence against women, in particular domestic and sexual violence, despite the comprehensive legal framework to address violence against women in the State party" (Pg 4).
March 14, 2018, 3:42 p.m.
Countries: Guinea
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee remains concerned, however, at: (a) The persisting high prevalence of violence against women, including domestic violence, sexual violence, rape and sexual harassment, as well as the limited number of investigations, prosecutions and convictions in such cases" (8).
March 13, 2018, 10:57 p.m.
Countries: Norway
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"Police efforts to combat domestic violence have been strengthened substantially in recent years, and the police now have a number of new means of safeguarding and protecting vulnerable persons. An important measure is the establishment of family violence coordinators in every police district in Norway, whose task is to maintain an overview of the police district’s overall efforts in the field of family violence. In addition, sexual abuse coordinators have been established in the police districts. In some districts these two functions are carried out by the same person. Several districts also have dedicated teams that operate on a cross-district basis in domestic violence investigations and cases of sexual abuse. ...more
March 8, 2018, 4:27 p.m.
Countries: Morocco
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"The survey, conducted in 2016 and released last month, found that 62 percent of the men interviewed believe women must tolerate violence in order to preserve family unity. The study questioned 2,400 men and women in person over three months" (para 12).
March 7, 2018, 9:50 p.m.
Countries: Mexico
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"78% of the federal entities are preventing domestic violence" (page 17). "17 federal entities are regularly handing out sentences for domestic violence, nine for femicides, 15 for willful homicides of women with presumption of femicide, and eight for sexual harassment" (page 19).
Feb. 23, 2018, 8:47 p.m.
Countries: Moldova
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"The work with perpetrators is carried out by the staff of the Police Units responsible for the preventive record of family brawlers and organization of preventive measures with perpetrators. With the support of UNFPA the Concept Paper on Perpetrators Rehabilitation services was established. Currently they work on opening the Center for their rehabilitation and development of legal-normative framework in the field" (Pg 15). "Studies show that women and men of Moldova that there are insufficient reasons for husbands to beat their wives. However, 21% of women and 22% of men agreed that one of the reasons for beating the wives is neglecting of children11. The data confirm the persistence of ...more
Feb. 16, 2018, 9:12 a.m.
Countries: Oman
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"[The Committee] remains concerned, however, about: The prevalence in the State party of gender-based violence against women, in particular domestic and sexual violence, and the fact that this remains largely underreported and undocumented" (7). "[The Committee] remains concerned, however, about...The frequent recourse to reconciliation in cases of domestic violence...The lack of statistical data on gender-based violence against women, including domestic violence, that are disaggregated by age, sex, nationality and relationship between the victim and the perpetrator, as well as on the number of investigations, prosecutions and convictions, the sentences imposed on perpetrators and reparation provided to victims" (7-8).
Feb. 14, 2018, 11:45 a.m.
Countries: Palestine
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"As has been explained above, cases of violence against women tend to be dealt with in a manner informed by customary and societal perceptions of violence against women as an intra-familial dispute, rather than a crime for which perpetrators must be held accountable and punished" (20).
Feb. 13, 2018, 6:33 p.m.
Countries: Bolivia
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"Currently, the Justice Minister Virginia Velasco and the Magistrate Council are introducing a new method for fighting violence against women: to apply for public office, Bolivians now must produce a document stating that they have no criminal record of gender violence, or violence against a family member" (para 8).
Feb. 7, 2018, noon
Countries: Chile
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"However, while noting the explanation of the delegation that the condition of “habitual ill-treatment” applies only to psychological violence, the Committee is concerned that the application of this additional requirement for those acts to amount to a criminal offence constitutes a procedural barrier which prevents their prosecution. It is also concerned that the legislation does not contain a specific definition of domestic violence as a criminal offence which covers both psychological and physical violence" (4).
Feb. 7, 2018, 10:37 a.m.
Countries: Sweden
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"The National Board of Health and Welfare also has the task of carrying out an investigation when a child or an adult has died as a result of a crime committed by a person close to the victim or formerly close to the victim. The purpose of these investigations is to provide input for measures that prevent children and adults being subjected to violence from persons close to them and to build up a knowledge base over the long term. The National Board of Health and Welfare reports on this commission every other year. The 2014 report examined 12 cases concerning adult deaths (all women). These investigations show that the ...more
Jan. 31, 2018, 6:14 p.m.
Countries: Burkina Faso
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee draws attention to the link between women’s low status within the family and society, their lower educational attainment, higher rates of poverty, and the high levels of gender-based violence perpetrated against them, in particular, sexual and domestic violence. It remains concerned that such violence appears to be socially legitimized and accompanied by a culture of silence and impunity and that victims have limited means of assistance, protection or redress. The Committee is further concerned that Law No. 061-2015/CNT on preventing violence against women and girls is not fully operational," (5).
Jan. 30, 2018, 6:23 p.m.
Countries: Australia
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1, DV-LAW-1

"The law prohibits violence against women, including domestic abuse, and the government enforced the law" (14).
Jan. 26, 2018, 5:38 p.m.
Countries: Jordan
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"The frequent recourse to reconciliation in cases of domestic violence, which can lead to revictimization" (Pg 8).
Jan. 25, 2018, 9:09 a.m.
Countries: Thailand
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"Authorities prosecuted some domestic violence crimes, particularly cases where the perpetrator seriously injured the victim, under provisions for assault or violence against a person, where they could seek harsher penalties. Domestic violence frequently went unreported, however, and police often were reluctant to pursue reports of domestic violence" (36).
Jan. 24, 2018, 6:22 p.m.
Countries: Tunisia
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1, DTCP-PRACTICE-1

“‘We had too many reports over the years from victims of domestic abuse who said they were not taken seriously by the police when they filed a complaint,’ Ms. Ben Jemia [president of Tunisian Association of Democratic women] During Tunisia’s years of dictatorship, many women who were political activists or simply had ties to the opposition endured violence, including sexual assault, at the hands of the police” (p 8)
Jan. 10, 2018, 6:43 p.m.
Countries: Argentina
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"'We are still lacking answers from the government. A protocol that unifies the steps to be followed nationwide in the face of complaints of gender-based violence must be designed,' she said. She said that 'in most cases, the woman files a complaint, but there is no support or monitoring in place to know what happens to her afterwards. And when the judges issue a restriction order, it is not enforced and the woman is defenceless'" (para 21-22).
Dec. 26, 2017, 10:52 p.m.
Countries: Panama
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"The law criminalizes domestic abuse and family violence with prison terms of two to four years and makes domestic violence an aggravating circumstance in homicide cases. It also mandates education and violence prevention measures, as well as a host of victim support services, but the government did not implement the law effectively"(16)