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Latest items for DV-PRACTICE-1

June 23, 2020, 6 p.m.
Countries: Tajikistan
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"In conjunction with the project on the prevention of domestic violence, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), UN-Women, the Oxford Committee for Famine Relief (OXFAM), Helvetas, and the Taekwondo Association, feature films on social issues were designed and broadcast on questions of the equal rights of men and women in society, respect for women in the family, observance of the rights of women and children in the family, prevention of domestic violence through public discussion of family values, gender equality, the priorities of education for boys and girls, zero tolerance of domestic violence, opposition to early marriages and compulsory State registration of marriages. Booklets, brochures and other material on these...more
June 23, 2020, 5:54 p.m.
Countries: Estonia
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee welcomes the State party’s efforts to improve its institutional and policy framework aimed at accelerating the elimination of discrimination against women and promoting gender equality, such as the adoption of the following: (a) Strategy for Preventing Violence for 2015-2020, which covers gender-based violence; (b) Development Plan for Reducing Violence for Years 2010-2014;" (2). "(e) The perpetrators of domestic violence are rarely sentenced to imprisonment, and that preference is given to conciliation or pecuniary fines; (f) Incidents of domestic violence and women’s and children’s safety needs are frequently not taken into consideration by the courts when deciding on child custody, and child protection specialists lack training on and understanding...more
June 23, 2020, 5:49 p.m.
Countries: Serbia
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"The preventative procedure begins with the notice to the competent police officer. A police officer with specialist training in domestic violence must assess the risk of immediate threat of domestic violence immediately after receipt of notification. Assessment of risk of an immediate threat of violence includes in particular an assessment whether violence is likely to be repeated immediately, which takes into account the following facts: whether the alleged perpetrator had committed domestic violence earlier or immediately before the risk assessment and how likely he is to repeat it, whether he has threatened to commit homicide or suicide, whether he owns weapons, whether he suffers from mental disorders or abuses psychoactive...more
June 19, 2020, 9:38 p.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"Domestic violence was pervasive and included physical, sexual, emotional, and verbal abuse, as well as harassment and stalking. The government prosecuted domestic violence cases under laws governing rape, indecent assault, damage to property, and violating a protection order. The law requires police to protect victims from domestic violence, but police commanders did not always hold officers accountable." (24).
June 14, 2020, 9:12 a.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"But experts regard it as a form of abuse that could lead to psychological damage as well as physical injuries including infections, the inability to breastfeed, deformities and even breast cancer. Unlike FGM, there is no specific law against breast-ironing in the UK but if cases were reported to the police, they would be treated as child abuse" (para 18-19).
May 31, 2020, 11:11 p.m.
Countries: Turkey
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"This year, 1.217 cases of child abuse were covered in the news but we are aware that the actual number is significantly higher. Children were abused in all areas they were present: in their dormitories, in schools by their teachers and by the school staff; and in their homes by their close relatives. In December, we saw in the media that 9 children were abused. Two sisters having been abused by their father attempted to suicide when they learned about the possibility of their father’s release from prison. Two sisters indicated that the state did not protect them and their statements of the prosecution and hospital reports were altered. In...more
May 21, 2020, 8:43 p.m.
Countries: Guatemala
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"Government Decision No. 463-2013 amending GD 831-2000, Enabling Regulation for the Law to Prevent, Punish and Eradicate Domestic Violence, established that the National Coordination Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and Violence against Women (CONAPREVI) will operate in coordination with the Ministry of the Interior (MINGOB), through the Office of the Third Vice-Minister in charge of Violence and Crime Prevention. It also expanded coverage by including the Secretariat against Sexual Violence, Exploitation and Trafficking in Persons (SVET) and the Office for the Defence of Indigenous Women (DEMI), which is being relaunched in view of the importance attached to it at the highest level of Governmen" (10).
May 6, 2020, 8:40 p.m.
Countries: Rwanda
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"The law provides for imprisonment of three to six months for threatening, harassing, or beating one’s spouse. Domestic violence against women and children was common. Authorities encouraged the reporting of domestic violence cases, although most incidents remained within the extended family and were not reported or prosecuted." (35). "The government continued its whole-of-government, multistakeholder campaign against GBV, child abuse, and other types of domestic violence. GBV was a required training module for police and military at all levels and was included as a module for all troops and police deploying to peacekeeping missions abroad." (35).
April 30, 2020, 5:42 p.m.
Countries: France
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"A French government panel on domestic violence is urging authorities to begin confiscating guns from people following the first complaint of family violence levied against them" (para 1). "French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe launched the initiative in September. It's the first time that France has undertaken a comprehensive national effort to address domestic violence, according to Gender Equality Minister Marlene Schiapp" (para 3). "Other proposals include mandatory reporting requirements for health professionals who witness signs of domestic violence and new protocols for police responding to domestic violence complaints. The experts also are encouraging awareness programs about gender violence, urging banks to make it easier for women to leave their partners,...more
April 28, 2020, 8:53 p.m.
Countries: Ukraine
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"The law prohibits rape of men or women but does not explicitly address spousal rape or domestic violence. The courts may use a law against “forced sex with a materially dependent person” as grounds to prosecute spousal rape. Under the law, authorities may detain a person for up to five days for offenses related to domestic violence and spousal abuse." (36). "Domestic violence against women remained a serious problem. Spousal abuse was common. According to the PGO, 874 cases of domestic violence were registered during the first nine months of the year. According to the Ministry of Internal Affairs, police issued approximately 41,097 domestic violence warnings and protection orders during...more
April 24, 2020, 9:25 p.m.
Countries: Nigeria
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"Police often refused to intervene in domestic disputes or blamed the victim for provoking the abuse. In rural areas, courts and police were reluctant to intervene to protect women who formally accused their husbands of abuse if the level of alleged abuse did not exceed local customary norms." (33).
April 22, 2020, 5:16 p.m.
Countries: Lebanon
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"Not only are abused wives often unable to obtain relief from the religious courts, but Lebanese civil and criminal law also fail to provide them with adequate protection from domestic violence" (14). "On April 1, 2014, Lebanon’s parliament passed the Law on Protection of Women and Family Members from Domestic Violence. While establishing important protection measures and related policing and court reforms, the law still leaves women at risk of marital rape and other abuse. The law defines domestic violence narrowly, thus failing to provide adequate protection from all forms of abuse and falling short of United Nations guidelines on protection from domestic violence. Lebanese criminal law also still fails...more
April 19, 2020, 11:08 a.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: LRCM-PRACTICE-1, DV-PRACTICE-1

"Among women who have ever experienced physical or sexual violence, 84% have not faced any consequences resulting from the violence, while 8% have faced isolation and 5% got divorced (Table 16.15). Those experiencing both physical and sexual violence are more likely to face isolation (22%) and to get divorced (16%) than those experiencing physical or sexual violence alone" (310).
April 14, 2020, 5:17 p.m.
Countries: Indonesia
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"Attitudes toward wife beating: 32% of women and 17% of married men believe that a husband is justified in beating his wife in at least one of five specified circumstances" (217). "To gain insight into the extent to which domestic abuse is accepted, the 2017 IDHS collected information about women’s and men’s attitudes toward wife beating under specified circumstances (if the wife burns the food, argues with her husband, goes without telling her husband, neglects the children, or refuses to have sexual intercourse). Overall, 32% of women and 17% of married men agree that a husband is justified in beating his wife in at least one of the five specified...more
April 4, 2020, 8:45 a.m.
Countries: Rwanda
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee welcomes the introduction of a legal aid system for women and men in vulnerable situations through the Access to Justice Bureaux, which have been established in each district of the State party with specific legal aid desks for women, as well as the establishment of the Isange One Stop Centres, which provide limited legal assistance to women who are victims of gender-based violence. It also notes with appreciation that article 2 of Ministerial Order No. 002/08.11 of 11 February 2014 on court fees in civil, commercial, social and administrative matters exempts claimants from court fees for claims related to gender-based violence against women. It is concerned, however, about...more
April 3, 2020, 5:29 p.m.
Countries: China
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"Also in 2011, American Kim Lee accused her Chinese husband, famous English teacher Li Yang, of beating her, posting photos of her injuries onto her Weibo page. Two years later, a court in Beijing granted Lee a divorce on the grounds of domestic violence and issued an unprecedented three-month restraining order against ex-husband Li" (para 8). "Ad hoc justice is better than no justice, but that’s of little comfort to the many women who still cannot rely on a system truly prepared to prevent domestic violence. 'When the system fails victims, some turn to social media to create pressure on authorities, and sometimes it works. But people shouldn’t have to...more
April 1, 2020, 6:28 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

Women who tried to report abuse faced serious challenges. Police and judges were sometimes reluctant to take action in domestic violence cases, viewing them as family problems. Instead of filing charges, police typically responded by encouraging the parties to reconcile. Authorities routinely returned abused women to their abusive family members.
March 29, 2020, 6:41 p.m.
Countries: Maldives
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"One-quarter of women agree that a man is justified in beating his wife for one of the six specified situations, compared with 21% of men" (197). "Overall, 26% of Maldivian women age 15-49 believe that a husband is justified in beating his wife in at least one of the six specified circumstances [she neglects housework, she asks him if he has other girlfriends, she goes out without telling him, she beats the children, she refuses to have sex with him, and he suspects she is unfaithful], compared with 21% of men. Men are less likely than women to believe that wife beating is justified in any of the six specific...more
March 7, 2020, 6:48 a.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"The Domestic Abuse Bill will introduce the first statutory government definition of domestic abuse to specifically include economic abuse and controlling and manipulative non-physical abuse" (para 6). "She said: 'Safeguards to ensure that experienced women's services - including smaller specialist organisations led by and for black and minority ethnic women - are sustainably funded through a new statutory system will be vital." (para 11).
March 4, 2020, 8:43 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"Police routinely refuse to register cases, instead telling women who have been the victims of domestic violence to return to their husbands." (3).
March 4, 2020, 10:53 a.m.
Countries: Mauritania
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"Selek’ha’s beatings by the new master, the former colonel, started by age 13. The rapes came soon after. He would enter her room in the middle of the night, she said, waking her suddenly by smacking her face with an electrical cord or hitting her back with a stick" (para 110)
Feb. 14, 2020, 12:34 p.m.
Countries: Lebanon
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"Despite a law that sets a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison for battery, some religious courts may legally require a battered wife to return to her home despite physical abuse" (28). "Foreign domestic workers, usually women, often suffered from mistreatment, abuse, and in some cases rape or conditions akin to slavery. Some police, especially in rural areas, treated domestic violence as a social, rather than criminal, matter" (28). "The government provided legal assistance to domestic violence victims who could not afford it, and police response to complaints submitted by battered or abused women improved" (28).
Feb. 5, 2020, 5:50 p.m.
Countries: East Timor
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"74% of women and 53% of men age 15-49 agree with at least one justification for wife beating; these proportions have declined from 86% of women and 81% of men in 2009-10" (pg 269). " 64% agree that wife beating is justified if the wife goes out with telling the husband, 63% agree that it is justified if she neglects the children, 60% agree that it is justified if she argues with him, 36% agree that it is justified if she refuses to have sex with him, and 32% agree that it is justified if she burns the food (Table 15.8.1 and Figure 15.4)" (pg 275). "The proportion of women...more
Feb. 5, 2020, 8:01 a.m.
Countries: Congo
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"Between 2012 and 2015, several campaigns were carried out (MPFIFD and associations) to raise awareness among local and religious leaders and the general population throughout the country about the primacy of modern law condemning discriminatory customary practices and local traditions. (...) (iv) early marriages and pregnancies, (v) gender violence perpetrated in the name of tradition. Forums and radio and television broadcasts dramatizing scenes of daily life and the use of national languages are used to reach all segments of society" (8). "Awareness-raising activities to combat harmful traditional practices are carried out in all departments. Emphasis is placed on practices such as: (...) (iii) abusive rites (constraints on widowhood, non-recognition of...more
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. 29, 2020, 11:11 p.m.
Countries: Japan
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"Through the expansion of awareness-raising activities for eradicating violence against women and an increase in the number of Spousal Violence Counseling and Support Centers (201 centers as of April 1, 2011 (as of January 1 in Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures), efforts are being made to reveal the level of damage of spousal violence." (48).
Jan. 2, 2020, 3:58 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"Victims this year include Charlotte Huggins, who was the first official homicide of 2019, after she was stabbed to death by her ex boyfriend. Michael Rolle, 34, attacked her in her south London home with a kitchen knife in a 'jealous rage.' He fled the scene and later argued Ms Huggins, 33, had fallen on the knife. But he was jailed for life for a minimum of 20 years for her murder in July" (para 8-10). "Victims this year include Charlotte Huggins, who was the first official homicide of 2019, after she was stabbed to death by her ex boyfriend. Michael Rolle, 34, attacked her in her south London home...more
Dec. 16, 2019, 9:48 p.m.
Countries: Morocco
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"The study, which was sponsored by the government and conducted between January and March of this year, found that domestic violence and gender-based assaults are still alive and well in Morocco’s social fabric" (para 5). "For women to file complaints against their partners, male relatives, or bosses, they first ought to know about the existence of the legal frameworks in their favor, as well as the administrative process needed to make use of those legal instruments. She said in this regard that the government and regional authorities must put more efforts in awareness raising campaigns to 'inform and educate' women about their rights. Hakkaoui emphasized that women particularly need to...more
Dec. 14, 2019, 6:47 p.m.
Countries: Guatemala
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"But instead of facing the harsher penalties meant to stop such [domestic violence] crimes in Guatemala, Gehovany received only four years in prison, a short sentence even by the country's lenient standard for minors. More than three years later, now 21, he will be released next spring, perhaps sooner" (para 7). "'How can this be justice?' Lubia said before the family fled...'All I did was leave him for beating me and he took my mother from us.' 'What kind of system protects him, and not me?' she said" (para 11-12). "At the courthouse, Judge Eduardo Alfonso Campos Paz maintains a docket filled with such cases. The most striking part, he...more
Dec. 14, 2019, 6:40 p.m.
Countries: Spain
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-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. Bullfighting…epitomises this culture; the atmosphere surrounding the Pamplona festival mirrors this, and sexual aggression is rife" (para 5).