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Latest items for DV-PRACTICE-1

June 17, 2019, 10:41 a.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia

"Women in Saudi Arabia, according to Amnesty’s latest human rights report, face 'systematic discrimination in law and practice and were inadequately protected against sexual and other violence'" (para 8).
June 14, 2019, 4:05 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"The most significant human rights issues included... lack of criminal investigations or accountability for cases related to rape, domestic violence, dowry-related deaths, honor killings, sexual harassment; and discrimination against women and girls remained serious problems" (1).
June 14, 2019, 2:55 p.m.
Countries: Nigeria
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"Domestic violence remained widespread, and many considered it socially acceptable. CLEEN Foundation’s National Crime Victimization and Safety Survey for 2013 reported that 30 percent of male and female respondents countrywide claimed to have been victims of domestic violence" (Pg 33).
June 12, 2019, 1:03 p.m.
Countries: Niger
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"Domestic violence against women was reportedly widespread, although reliable statistics were not available regarding numbers of incidents, prosecutions, or convictions. Husbands commonly beat their wives. While the law does not explicitly prohibit domestic violence, a woman may sue her husband or lodge criminal charges for battery, penalties for which range from two months in prison and a fine of 10,000 CFA francs ($17) to 30 years’ imprisonment. The government tried with limited success to enforce these laws, and courts prosecuted cases of domestic violence when they received complaints. Charges stemming from family disputes often were dropped in favor of traditional dispute resolution mechanisms. While women have the right to seek...more
June 11, 2019, 12:13 p.m.
Countries: China
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"Domestic violence remained a significant problem. The government took a significant step to protect women from domestic abuse through the passage of the Family Violence Law, which took effect in March 2016. NGOs stated that because of the law, more women were willing to report domestic violence incidents to police. Nevertheless, implementation and enforcement of the law remained inconsistent. In February the Washington Post reported that elements of the law, including those related to court protective orders, were not being implemented correctly. Some scholars said that even under the new law, victims were still encouraged to attempt to resolve domestic violence through mediation" (52-53). "The law [in Macau] criminalizes rape,...more
June 11, 2019, 11:54 a.m.
Countries: Namibia

"The law prohibits domestic violence, but the problem was widespread. Penalties for conviction of domestic violence, including physical abuse, sexual abuse, economic abuse, intimidation, harassment, and serious emotional, verbal, or psychological abuse, range from a fine of N$300 ($21) for simple offenses to 10 years’ imprisonment and a fine for assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm. No official information was available on enforcement of the antidomestic violence law except as it involved rape. The law provides for the issuance of protection orders in cases of domestic violence and specifies that certain crimes of violence-- including murder, rape, and assault--be handled differently if the crimes take place within a...more
June 11, 2019, 10:04 a.m.
Countries: Bahamas
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"The law recognizes domestic violence as a crime separate from assault and battery, and the government generally enforced the law, although women’s rights groups cited some reluctance on the part of law enforcement authorities to intervene in domestic disputes" (12). "The law provides severe penalties for child abuse and requires all persons having contact with a child they believe has been physically or sexually abused to report their suspicions to police; nonetheless, child abuse and neglect remained serious problems" (13).
June 11, 2019, 9:13 a.m.
Countries: Montenegro

"Domestic violence was a persistent and common problem. In a September statement, the resident representative of the UN Development Program voiced concern that every third woman in the country was a victim of physical or some other form of family abuse at some point in her life. According to the Center for Women’s Rights, abused women or victims of rape often did not report the crime due to fear of reprisal, economic dependency, lack of information, physical and social subjugation, lack of measures to prevent reoccurrence, or social stigma. In many cases victims declined to press charges even when evidence of an attack or rape was clear. According to NGO...more
June 10, 2019, 4:14 p.m.
Countries: Mozambique
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"In addition, the 2010–2014 National Plan for Advancement of Women considered the implementation of the following actions: a) Train 170 district trainers on the dissemination of the Law on Domestic Violence against Women; b) Carry out 11 provincial dissemination seminars on the Law about Domestic Violence against Women; c) Print 2,000 brochures of the Law about Domestic Violence Against Women; d) Publish the summarized version of the Law about Domestic Violence Against Women and printing of 2,000 copies; e) Disseminate the National Action Plan for Prevention and Fight Violence against Women; f) Publish 2,000 brochures of the SADC’s Gender and Development Protocol" (11-12). "There were 25 training seminars on protection...more
June 10, 2019, 8:03 a.m.
Countries: East Timor
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"The PNTL’s Vulnerable Persons Units (VPUs) generally handled cases of domestic violence and sexual crimes, but does not have enough staff to provide a significant presence in all areas of the country. The Ministry of Social Solidarity is charged with providing assistance to victims of domestic violence. Due to staff shortages, the ministry had difficulty responding to all cases. To deal with this problem, the ministry worked closely with local NGOs and service providers to offer assistance to victims of violence" (p. 13).
June 10, 2019, 8:03 a.m.
Countries: East Timor
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"Several NGOs criticized the failure to issue protection orders and over-reliance on suspended sentences, even in cases involving significant bodily harm. Prosecutors routinely charged cases involving aggravated injury and use of deadly weapons as low-level simple assaults" (p. 1).
June 8, 2019, 1:59 p.m.
Countries: Jordan
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1, DV-DATA-1

"The government did not effectively enforce the law against rape, and violence against women was widespread" (30).
June 7, 2019, 2:07 p.m.
Countries: Cape Verde
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"Simultaneously, in support of awareness-raising, several campaign materials were produced and disseminated on radios and television, namely: spots for campaigns STOP GBV and Say no to abuse and sexual violence against children and adolescents; several booklets and leaflets were produced and distributed, including on GBV in dating; the Guide on Abuse and Sexual Violence against Children and Adolescents was updated and re-edited, as well as the booklet The Shared Secret, a story on the importance of reporting such cases; the 2nd edition of the pocket booklet All you need to know about the GBV Law was printed and dissemina" (9). "The GBV inter-institutional GBV victim support network (SOL Network) has...more
June 7, 2019, 11:46 a.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"'When I went to the police with my father, the police instructed me many times to withdraw the case before it went to the prosecutor. I told them that I would never accept mediation, I want my husband to receive punishment because he beat me for two years. I told the police that many relatives and village residents had tried to mediate the case a hundred times. Now, I want you to forward the case to the prosecution. The police officer told me ‘we are the police and you are a woman, not my commander’. He tried to force me to withdraw my complaint but I resisted and my father...more
June 7, 2019, 8:01 a.m.
Countries: Mauritius
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"Domestic violence activists stated police did not effectively enforce the law. According to women’s rights NGOs, police were not always effective in protecting domestic violence survivors to whom authorities had granted court protection orders. Authorities prosecuted crimes including assault, aggravated assault, threats, and blows under the criminal code, but law enforcement recordkeeping did not always indicate whether they were linked to domestic violence" (P. 10).
June 7, 2019, 8 a.m.
Countries: Mauritius
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"Amendments to the Protection from Domestic Violence Act (PDVA) came into force in September 2016, establishing a list of offenses separate from the criminal code, which was not the case prior to the amendment. The amendments redefine the term 'spouse' to include unmarried couples of the opposite sex; redefine 'domestic violence' to include verbal, psychological, economic, and sexual abuses; and empower police officers and enforcement officers to act on behalf of the victims, instead of waiting for a formal complaint from the victim. Although the amendments do not mention spousal rape, section 2.d. stipulates that a spouse cannot force or threaten the other partner into a sexual act 'from which...more
June 5, 2019, 1:02 p.m.
Countries: Georgia
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"NGOs reported instances of law enforcement officials failing to take action against perpetrators of rape and domestic violence and failing to grant victim status to survivors The Public Defender’s Office noted that low public awareness of domestic violence, violence against women, and women’s rights in general resulted in victims not seeking assistance from authorities. The Public Defender’s Office blamed the high number of killings of women on the lack of monitoring and risk assessment systems for cases of violence against women and domestic violence. The office called on the government to create an effective system to record and analyze cases of femicide" (33).
June 4, 2019, 6:16 p.m.
Countries: Lesotho

"The government had one shelter in Maseru for abused women. The shelter offered psychosocial services but provided help only to women referred to it. The majority of victims were not aware of the shelter. There was no hotline for victims" (p. 14).
June 4, 2019, 4:55 p.m.
Countries: Austria
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"A working group was established in the context of the NAP on the Protection of Women against Violence which aims to integrate the identification and prevention of violence against women into the curricula of health care and nursing professions. Public support is also granted to another project to develop standards for curricula in the health care sector. In 2015, a general requirement was integrated into the professional training programme for doctors which states that awareness should be raised for the special needs of patients who are victims of human trafficking and/or psychological and/or physical violence, especially children, women and people with disabilities. A guide for medical and care professionals with...more
June 4, 2019, 11:11 a.m.
Countries: Benin
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"Women remained reluctant to report cases, and judges and police were reluctant to intervene in domestic disputes" (p. 4).
June 3, 2019, 11:14 a.m.
Countries: Senegal
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"According to our partners, there are strongly entrenched ideas that CVAW is a private issue, and that Islam allows CVAW by men against their spouses or daughters. As the above example demonstrates, patriarchal attitudes still obscure understandings of consent and coercion, particularly in rape" (Pg 35).
June 3, 2019, 10:48 a.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"Vani or Swara refers to a customary practice common across Pakistan that serves as a method of resolving disputes and settling debts between families and tribes. According to this custom, female members from the offending male’s family are married/given to the victim’s family as a reparation or penance. These decisions are often made by a jirga or panchayat, a council of elders from the community who convene an informal court to decide methods for resolving disputes. Girls are often subject to inhumane treatment, rape and torture by their in-laws" (Pg 33).
June 2, 2019, 7:22 p.m.
Countries: Taiwan
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"The law allows prosecutors to investigate complaints of domestic violence even in cases where the victim has not filed a formal complaint" (p. 12).
May 30, 2019, 11:13 p.m.
Countries: Uzbekistan
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"The law does not specifically prohibit domestic violence, which remained common. While the law punishes physical assault, police often discouraged women in particular from making complaints against abusive partners, and officials rarely removed abusers from their homes or took them into custody. Local authorities emphasized reconciling the husband and wife, rather than addressing the abuse" (26).
May 28, 2019, 9:34 p.m.
Countries: Russia
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee remains concerned at the high prevalence of violence against women, in particular domestic and sexual violence, in the State party and the lack of statistics disaggregated by age, nationality and relationship between the victim and the perpetrator and of studies on its causes and consequences. While noting the information provided by the delegation during the dialogue that the bill on domestic violence is currently undergoing a second reading in the parliament, the Committee is concerned that cases of violence against women are underreported, given that they are considered a private matter, and that victim protection services, such as crisis centres and shelters, are insufficient" (5). "The Committee also...more
May 28, 2019, 9:33 p.m.
Countries: Sweden
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"The low rates of reporting of cases of violence against women, including rape, and low prosecution and conviction rates, resulting in impunity for perpetrators" (7).
May 28, 2019, 8:37 p.m.
Countries: Norway
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"The government generally enforced the law, although the foundation Oslo Crisis Center continued to criticize the conviction rate (approximately 10 percent) as too low" (p. 10).
May 28, 2019, 5:40 p.m.
Countries: Yemen
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-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" (35). "The tribal arbitration process rather than criminal courts usually adjudicated cases of violence against women due to the widespread perception, shared by authorities, that violence against women was a private, family matter. Some local female tribal experts argued that tribal arbitration is fairer for women, and victims often preferred it to the courts for that reason. Due to social pressures, authorities expected an abused woman to take her complaint to a male relative, rather than to authorities, to intercede on...more
May 27, 2019, 1:48 p.m.
Countries: Netherlands
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee commends the State party on its efforts to tackle gender -based violence against women, such as the adoption of the Social Support Act (2015), which broadened the concept of social support to include safety in the domestic setting, and the ratification of the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence in 2015. Nevertheless, the Committee remains concerned by: (a) The high number of women who are victims of domestic violence, in particular partner violence; (b) The fact that the recidivism rate for perpetrators of domestic violence who had been subjected to a domestic exclusion order amounts to 29 per cent, with...more
May 24, 2019, 12:04 p.m.
Countries: Lithuania
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"In the first eight months of the year, Child Line (a hotline for children and youth) received 235,471 telephone calls from children but, because of limited human and financial resources, could respond to only 121,259 calls" (p. 12).