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Latest items for DV-PRACTICE-1

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).
Dec. 14, 2019, 6:29 p.m.
Countries: France
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"It [the 100th case of femicide this year] comes as the government announces measures to combat the killing of women related to domestic violence" (para 4). "According to several neighbors, the young woman was killed by her partner during a violent attack which took place in the street at night after a row, French media report. 'She was telling him everything she thought and he did not like it,' one eyewitness told local media. 'He hit her, hit her against the wall, stomped on her stomach, on her head'" (para 5-6).
Dec. 14, 2019, 2:59 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: LRW-LAW-3, DV-PRACTICE-1

"Her family in Uttarakhand is aware of the abuse she is suffering but they do not have the money to escalate a police report they have lodged. Because they live in a different state to where the crime took place they have to pay the police to investigate it" (para 20).
Dec. 8, 2019, 8:28 p.m.
Countries: China
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"China has also encouraged judicial action against domestic violence at the grassroots level. It has explored the adjudication system of personal security protection against domestic violence, and courts which conduct this pilot program are found in 14 provinces as compared to five in 2008. Some local public security organs have established a domestic violence warning system so as to prevent and respond promptly to domestic violence in a more effective manner. In 2014, the Supreme People’s Court issued the guiding cases on domestic violence, regulated judicial discretion in cases of answering violence with violence, and improved the unified application of the law" (para. 43).
Dec. 6, 2019, 2:23 p.m.
Countries: Brazil
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"'Brazil is still one of the most dangerous places in the world for women,' Valeria Scarance, a public prosecutor, told Brazilian newspaper Globo's Jornal Nacional show on Tuesday. 'And the most dangerous place for a woman is her own home'" (para 8). "Federal Judge Ben-Hur Viza said that domestic violence persists because it remains culturally acceptable. 'It's something that happens behind the walls, inside the house,' he said in a documentary about femicide that was released last year" (para 13).
Dec. 6, 2019, 1:53 p.m.
Countries: Guatemala
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"Campaigns to criminalise these women and delegitimise their work often attack them on the basis of gender. Sexual violence against female land rights defenders and their daughters is used as an intimidation technique. When these women return home, they often lack the support of their fathers, brothers and husbands for their work, and may even suffer physical violence at the hands of their male family members. Plus, women face the added burden of carrying out their activism on top of household and childcare responsibilities" (para 13). "From a young age, Cuc Choc realised defending the land was designated for men. Her father was involved in community activism, but disapproved of...more
Nov. 14, 2019, 10:20 p.m.
Countries: Iran
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"Zanan-e Emrooz is a relaunch of Zanan, a publication that, throughout the 1990s and 2000s, brought women’s issues into Iran’s national conversation by convening religious and secular women’s activists. It ran stories about everything from nose jobs to domestic violence, making the case that gender equality was entirely Islamic" (para 9).
Nov. 14, 2019, 1:30 p.m.
Countries: Poland
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"While courts may sentence a person convicted of domestic violence to a maximum of five years in prison, most of those found guilty received suspended sentences" (17). "The Women’s Rights Center reported that police were occasionally reluctant to intervene in domestic violence incidents if the perpetrator was a police officer or if victims were unwilling to cooperate" (18).
Nov. 7, 2019, 6:16 p.m.
Countries: Egypt
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1, DV-LAW-1

"Domestic violence was a significant problem. The law does not prohibit domestic violence or spousal abuse, but authorities may apply provisions relating to assault with accompanying penalties. The law requires that an assault victim produce multiple eyewitnesses, a difficult condition for domestic abuse victims. Police often treated domestic violence as a social rather than criminal matter." (42).
Oct. 25, 2019, 9:36 p.m.
Countries: Haiti
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"Judges often released suspects arrested for domestic violence and rape" (18).
Oct. 22, 2019, 1:55 p.m.
Countries: Equatorial Guinea
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"Victims were reluctant to report cases, and the government did not enforce the law effectively. Authorities treated domestic violence as a private matter to be resolved in the home. Police and the judiciary were reluctant to prosecute domestic violence cases" (20).
Oct. 1, 2019, 2:44 p.m.
Countries: Philippines
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"Statistics were unavailable on prosecutions, convictions, and punishments for cases filed by the PNP… NGOs noted that, in smaller localities, perpetrators of abuse sometimes used personal relationships with local authorities to avoid prosecution... The PNP and the Department of Social Welfare both maintained help desks to assist survivors of violence against women and encourage reporting. With the assistance of NGOs, the CHR, and the Philippine Commission on Women, law enforcement officers continued to receive gender sensitivity training to deal with victims of sexual crimes and domestic violence. The PNP maintained a women and children’s unit with 1,918 desks throughout the country to deal with abuse cases... 4,576 officers were assigned...more
Sept. 13, 2019, 3:28 p.m.
Countries: Denmark
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"When it comes to protecting mothers and children from a violent father, the current Danish legislation is lacking, according to a new report from the Council of Europe. The report, compiled by Grevio (Group of Experts on Action against Violence against Women and Domestic Violence) - under the umbrella of the Council of Europe - contends that Denmark is at odds with the 2011 Istanbul Convention regarding the protection of victims of domestic violence. 'Grevio says that, in cases of domestic violence, it does not carry out proper risk assessments before deciding on shared custody of children. Although the courts make the final decisions, GREVIO points out that lengthy proceedings...more
Sept. 5, 2019, 1:56 p.m.
Countries: Congo
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"A lack of specificity in the child protection code was an obstacle to successful prosecution" (25).
Aug. 9, 2019, 1 p.m.
Countries: D R Congo
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1, DV-LAW-1, DV-LAW-2

"The law does not provide any specific penalty for domestic violence despite its prevalence. Although the law considers assault a crime, police rarely intervened in perceived domestic disputes. There were no reports of judicial authorities taking action in cases of domestic or spousal abuse" (page 40).