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Latest items for DV-PRACTICE-1

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, 3:52 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1, DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"The Puerto Rican police are notorious for mishandling reports of intimate partner abuse and for high rates of domestic violence within their own ranks. The U.S. Justice Department found that from 2005 to 2010, the police department received 1,459 complaints alleging domestic violence carried out by its officers. At least 98 officers were arrested multiple times on domestic violence charges between 2007 and 2010" (para 9).
Jan. 1, 2021, 3:52 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1, DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"The Puerto Rican police are notorious for mishandling reports of intimate partner abuse and for high rates of domestic violence within their own ranks. The U.S. Justice Department found that from 2005 to 2010, the police department received 1,459 complaints alleging domestic violence carried out by its officers. At least 98 officers were arrested multiple times on domestic violence charges between 2007 and 2010" (para 9).
Dec. 31, 2020, 3:55 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"Jasmine grew up with a parade of men terrorizing her household. By age 7, she had watched her mother being savagely beaten by boyfriends in drunken rages" (para 17).
Dec. 24, 2020, 12:43 p.m.
Countries: Turkey
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"The global COVID-19 pandemic has also played a role in the increase in gender-based violence in Turkey. With women being forced to stay indoors for long periods of time, Hanim said that there has been an increase in women reaching out for help. 'We were in a state of emergency as a whole world and country due to the recent coronavirus pandemic,' she explained. 'Along with practices such as quarantine, isolation and working from home, women particularly faced more threats of domestic violence'" (para 22-23).
Dec. 24, 2020, 12:34 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: UVAW-PRACTICE-1, DV-PRACTICE-1

"Afghan women still face numerous challenges because of domestic abuse, discrimination, taboos, and violence" (para 10).
Dec. 24, 2020, 9:52 a.m.
Countries: Iraq
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"[T]he Organisation of Women's Freedom in Iraq (Owfi), a partner organisation of Madre, created a network of underground safe houses for women fleeing violence at home and in the streets. Under conditions of military occupation, civil war and fundamentalist witch-hunts, the women of Owfi spoke out against policies that created sectarian divisions and fuelled gender-based violence" (para 7). This indicates that even if there are domestic violence laws, violence in the family is common (CAT - CODER COMMENT).
Dec. 23, 2020, 8:58 p.m.
Countries: Sierra Leone
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

“But months later the girl's case has shown just how difficult combating sexual violence can be: Her father objected to the rape being tried in court, requiring police to issue a restraining order so she could continue receiving medical treatment. No court date has been set, not even a prosecutor chosen” (para 4). “The child's lawyer Fatmata Sorie said the man who committed the crime - believed to be a 28-year-old male relative - still walks free” (para 6). “The man accused in the five-year-old's case - who is her uncle - remains jailed without bail while his case is before the country's high court. A defense lawyer has yet...more
Dec. 23, 2020, 3:19 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"Girls/women experience wide variety of violence; it could be physical ranging from slapping to burning; verbal such as taunting, use of bad language; mental like threats of divorce and actual divorce; and sexual in the form of rape and incest" (para 36). "In case of female fetus, pregnant woman is given less nutritious food and rest, not registered for antenatal care, neglected and even abused. ‘A woman had three daughters. She conceived fourth time. The in-laws, on hearing that the ultrasound examination has revealed that the fetus is female, physically abused the pregnant women to an extent that she started bleeding and died on her way to the hospital’" (para...more
Dec. 21, 2020, 7:49 p.m.
Countries: Tunisia
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1, DTCP-LAW-1

"The Committee is also concerned at the resurgence of adverse cultural norms, practices and traditions in the State party. It is concerned that such attitudes and practices perpetuate discrimination against women and girls as reflected in their disadvantageous and unequal status in many areas, including in employment, decision-making, marriage and family relations, and the persistence of violence against women" (para 24).
Dec. 21, 2020, 7:40 p.m.
Countries: Thailand
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1, DV-PRACTICE-2, DMW-PRACTICE-1

"Patriarchy in Thailand has a long history. The Three Sealed Laws allowed men to absolutely control and own their wives and daughters, even to sell them. Women were regarded as property. The old saying, 'Woman is a buffalo while Man is a human' reflects this attitude which still persists today. Thai Tradition believes that a woman should stay and work at home, while a man should work outside. Domestic violence is an affair that falls into the private sphere. If an abused wife tells the public or reports to the police station, the community will mark her as a bad and unfaithful wife."
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. 10, 2020, 3:09 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

“The group was formed in response to a chilling increase of the use of ‘consent for sexual gratification’ being used by men in court who had killed their partner during sex and getting the charge of murder reduced to manslaughter on the basis that the activity was supposedly consensual” (para 17). “We Can't Consent To This has researched 60 examples of women who were killed during so-called ‘sex games gone wrong’ in the UK since 1972. The group claims that 45% of these cases ended in a ‘lesser charge of manslaughter, a lighter sentence, or the death not being investigated as a crime at all’” (para 18).more
Dec. 3, 2020, 12:44 a.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

No specific customs or traditions in Switzerland regarding domestic violence (CODER COMMENT).
Dec. 3, 2020, 12:43 a.m.
Countries: Sweden
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

No specific customs or traditions in Sweden regarding domestic violence (CODER COMMENT).
Nov. 30, 2020, 11:28 p.m.
Countries: Solomon Islands
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1, LRW-PRACTICE-2, DV-PRACTICE-1, DV-PRACTICE-2

"There is a culturally-rooted reluctance to acknowledge gender-based violence. Fear of reprisals from perpetrators and their families, shame, trauma and cultural taboos all prevent women from discussing their experience of violence, particularly sexual assault... Some cultural traditions require a married victim to pay 'compensation' to her husband’s family because of the shame brought on the family" (17).
Nov. 30, 2020, 9:18 p.m.
Countries: Solomon Islands
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"Amnesty International’s investigations also revealed that lawyers in the Public Solicitor’s Office (PSO) had refused to represent victims of domestic violence seeking a restraining order from the court unless the victim had visible injuries to her body" (5).
Nov. 20, 2020, 8:31 p.m.
Countries: Panama
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1, DTCP-LAW-1

No mention of customary law against women (CODER COMMENT).
Nov. 16, 2020, 5:52 p.m.
Countries: Morocco
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"Police were slow to act in domestic violence cases, and the government generally did not enforce the law. Victims did not report the vast majority of sexual assaults to police due to social pressure, which would most likely hold the victim responsible. Police selectively investigated cases; among the minority brought to trial, successful prosecutions were rare... Police generally treated domestic violence as a social rather than a criminal matter" (Section 6).
Nov. 13, 2020, 3:29 p.m.
Countries: Kyrgyzstan
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-1, AOM-PRACTICE-1, AOM-LAW-1, DV-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee commends the State party for its comprehensive Family Code, however, it is concerned that many women, particularly those married only under religious law, do not benefit from all the rights stipulated therein and are denied economic protection upon the dissolution of their unrecognized marriage. The Committee is also concerned about the persistence of child and forced marriages, notwithstanding the setting of the minimum age of marriage at 18 years... concern at the high prevalence of harmful practices that discriminate against women, such as child marriage and bride kidnapping, and that to date, the State party has not taken sustained measures to modify or eliminate discriminatory stereotypes, negative traditional...more
Nov. 10, 2020, 8:29 p.m.
Countries: Italy
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

No mention of customary law against women (CODER COMMENT)
Nov. 10, 2020, 8:27 p.m.
Countries: Israel
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

No mention of customary law against women (CODER COMMENT)
Nov. 10, 2020, 8:26 p.m.
Countries: Ireland
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

No mention of customary law against women (CODER COMMENT)
Oct. 31, 2020, 11:42 p.m.
Countries: Papua New Guinea
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

“Oa [Debbie Kaore’s husband, Murray Oa] has since been charged by military police for one count of grievous bodily harm. The 33-year-old remains in custody” (para 19-20).
Oct. 31, 2020, 12:03 a.m.
Countries: Indonesia
Variables: INFIB-PRACTICE-1, MARR-PRACTICE-1, AOM-PRACTICE-1, DV-PRACTICE-1, PW-PRACTICE-3

"It notes that stereotypes contribute to the persistence of violence against women and practices harmful to women and girls, such as female circumcision, early marriage, arranged marriage and polygamy. The Committee expresses its deep concern that the State party has not taken sufficient sustained and systematic action to modify or eliminate stereotypes and harmful practices" (Article 23).
Oct. 30, 2020, 10:27 p.m.
Countries: Iceland
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

No mention of customary law against women (CODER COMMENT).
Oct. 30, 2020, 10:27 p.m.
Countries: Hungary
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

No mention of customary law against women (CODER COMMENT).
Oct. 30, 2020, 10:26 p.m.
Countries: Honduras
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

No mention of customary law against women (CODER COMMENT).
Oct. 30, 2020, 10:25 p.m.
Countries: Guyana
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

No mention of customary law against women (CODER COMMENT).
Oct. 30, 2020, 1:23 a.m.
Countries: Guinea-Bissau
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-1, DV-PRACTICE-1, PW-LAW-1, DTCP-LAW-1

"Numerous provisions of customary law are discriminatory and widely applied, including the authorisation of early and forced marriages, polygamy and levirate. The effective application of laws protecting women’s rights conflicts runs up against the widespread patriarchal conception of society, especially in rural areas" (para 9).