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Latest items for DV-PRACTICE-1

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).
Aug. 6, 2019, 8:14 a.m.
Countries: Comoros

"Courts rarely sentenced or fined convicted perpetrators. No reliable data were available on the extent of the problem. Women rarely filed official complaints. Although officials took action (usually the arrest of the spouse) when reported, domestic violence cases rarely entered the court system" (page 9).
July 31, 2019, 6:50 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"Complainants claiming human rights violations generally sought assistance from the HRC or the NSHR, which either advocated on their behalf or provided courts with opinions on their cases. The HRC generally responded to complaints and could refer cases to the PPO; domestic violence cases were the most common" (20). Domestic violence typically implies a female victim (AMG-CODER COMMENT). "Officials stated that the government did not clearly define domestic violence and procedures concerning cases, including thresholds for investigation or prosecution, and thus enforcement varied from one government body to another. Some women’s rights advocates were critical of investigations of domestic violence, claiming investigators were hesitant to enter a home without permission...more
July 30, 2019, 8:55 a.m.
Countries: Ghana
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"Unless specifically called upon by the DOVVSU, police seldom intervened in cases of domestic violence, in part due to a lack of counseling skills, shelter facilities, and other resources to assist victims. In cases where police identified and arrested suspects for rape or domestic abuse, few of the cases reached court or resulted in conviction due to witness unavailability, inadequate resources and training on investigatory techniques and police prosecutor case management, and, according to DOVVSU, lack of resources on the part of victims and their families to pursue cases" (p. 15).
July 24, 2019, 6:29 p.m.
Countries: Chad
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1, DV-LAW-1, DV-LAW-2, DV-DATA-1

"Although the law prohibits violence against women, domestic violence was widespread. Police rarely intervened, and women had limited legal recourse" (page 16).
July 20, 2019, 10:39 p.m.
Countries: Armenia
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"d) Strategic programme for legal and judicial reforms for the period 2012-2016, in 2012, which encompasses reforms that introduce in legislation various forms of domestic violence and practical mechanisms for responding to and preventing such violence" (2). "The Committee notes the elaboration of a draft law in 2012 on domestic violence, as well as the establishment of an interministerial working group in 2016 to develop a new draft on various forms of gender-based violence against women in the domestic sphere. (...) Nevertheless, the Committee remains concerned about: (a) The delay in the adoption of a comprehensive law on the prevention and prohibition of gender-based violence against women and the prosecution...more
July 20, 2019, 8:20 a.m.
Countries: Syria
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1, DV-LAW-1

"The law does not specifically prohibit domestic violence, and violence against women was extensive and generally went unpunished. Victims did not report the vast majority of domestic violence and sexual assault cases. Security forces consistently treated violence against women as a social rather than a criminal matter. Observers reported that when some abused women tried to file a police report, police did not investigate their reports thoroughly, if at all, and that in other cases police officers responded by abusing the women, including by sexual harassment, verbal abuse, hair pulling, and slapping" (Pg 44-45).
July 19, 2019, 4:56 p.m.
Countries: Niger
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"It remains concerned, however, that gender-based violence against women and girls, including sexual and domestic 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" (7).
July 19, 2019, 12:46 p.m.
Countries: Turkey
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"Courts regularly issued restraining orders to protect victims, but human rights organizations reported that police rarely enforced them effectively. A women’s rights NGO alleged that capacity constraints as a result of the government’s response to the failed coup in 2016 kept some authorities “too busy” to address complaints of violence against women. Women’s associations also charged that government counselors sometimes encouraged women to remain in abusive marriages at their own personal risk rather than break up families" (page 50).
July 19, 2019, 12:22 p.m.
Countries: Nepal

"Domestic violence against women and girls remained a serious problem. Violence against women and girls, including early and forced marriage, was believed to be one of the major factors responsible for women’s relative poor health, livelihood insecurity, and inadequate social mobilization. Additionally, the practice of early and forced marriage, which remained prevalent, limited girls’ access to education and increased their susceptibility to domestic violence and sexual abuse. The 2009 Domestic Violence (Crime and Punishment) Act allows for settling complaints of domestic violence through mediation with an emphasis on reconciliation. Authorities usually pursued prosecution under the act only when mediation failed. The Nepal Police had women’s cells staffed by female officers...more
July 19, 2019, 9:48 a.m.
Countries: Indonesia

"The law prohibits rape, domestic abuse, and other forms of violence against women. A 2016 government survey found that one-third of women between the ages of 15 and 64 had experienced violence. Violence against women previously had been poorly documented and significantly underreported by the government. Domestic violence was the most common form of violence against women" (Pg 26).
July 18, 2019, 3:05 p.m.
Countries: Hungary

"The criminal code includes 'violence within partnership' (domestic violence) as a separate category of offense. Regulations extend prison sentences for assault (light bodily harm) to three years, while grievous bodily harm, violation of personal freedom, or coercion may be punishable by one to five years in prison, if committed against domestic persons. By law police called to a scene of domestic violence may issue an emergency restraining order valid for three days in lieu of immediately filing charges, while courts may issue up to 60-day 'preventive restraining orders' in civil cases, without the option to extend. Women’s rights NGOs continued to criticize the law for not placing sufficient emphasis on...more
July 18, 2019, 12:24 p.m.
Countries: Central African Rep
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1, DV-LAW-1

"Although the law does not specifically mention spousal abuse, it prohibits violence against any person and provides for penalties of up to 10 years in prison. Domestic violence against women was common, although there are laws and instrument prohibiting violence against women. The government took no known action to punish perpetrators" (Pg 18).
July 15, 2019, 3:24 p.m.
Countries: Thailand
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"NGOs expressed concern the law’s family unity approach puts undue pressure on a victim to compromise without addressing safety issues and led to a low conviction rate. Authorities prosecuted some domestic violence crimes under provisions for assault or violence against a person, where they could seek harsher penalties. Women’s rights groups reported domestic violence frequently went unreported, however, and police often were reluctant to pursue reports of domestic violence" (page 28-29). "The law provides for the protection of children from abuse, and laws on rape and abandonment carry harsher penalties if the victim is a child. The law provides for protection of witnesses, victims, and offenders younger than 18 in...more
July 14, 2019, 11:37 a.m.
Countries: Gambia
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"Authorities generally enforced the law when cases of child abuse or mistreatment came to their attention and imposed criminal penalties in serious cases" (p. 14).
July 13, 2019, 9:51 p.m.
Countries: Papua New Guinea
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"Only the most egregious forms of sexual and physical abuse of children were reported to police, as family violence is viewed as a domestic matter" (p. 19).
July 13, 2019, 9:51 p.m.
Countries: Burundi
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"The government, with financial support from international NGOs and the United Nations, continued civic awareness training throughout the country on domestic and gender-based violence and on the role of police assistance. Those trained included police, local administrators, and grassroots community organizers" (p. 349.
July 12, 2019, 9:16 a.m.
Countries: Somalia
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"The Somali Government has a legal obligation to protect, enforce, and promote women’s rights and gender equality. However, the Somali Government perpetuates gender inequality by failing to develop, implement, and enforce policies that prevent violence against women, forced marriages, and female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C)" (8).
July 12, 2019, 8:51 a.m.
Countries: Cambodia
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"Primary prevention is one of the main pillars of NAPVAW II and targets the promotion of gender equality and non-violent relationships, and addresses harmful norms against women and girls. NAPVAW II includes specific interventions to 1) enhance knowledge and skills of children, youth and adolescents to promote and build gender-equitable, non-violent relationships, and to improve their attitudes, behaviors, and practices on human rights (including sexual rights, gender equality and sexuality), 2) enhance positive parenting knowledge, understanding and skills among parents and couples to build safe, gender equitable and non-violent families and environments, 3) change social environments and norms by strengthening gender equality in the community and workplace to promote cooperation...more