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Latest items for DV-PRACTICE-1

Jan. 10, 2018, 6:43 p.m.
Countries: Argentina
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"'We are still lacking answers from the government. A protocol that unifies the steps to be followed nationwide in the face of complaints of gender-based violence must be designed,' she said. She said that 'in most cases, the woman files a complaint, but there is no support or monitoring in place to know what happens to her afterwards. And when the judges issue a restriction order, it is not enforced and the woman is defenceless'" (para 21-22).
Dec. 26, 2017, 10:52 p.m.
Countries: Panama
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"The law criminalizes domestic abuse and family violence with prison terms of two to four years and makes domestic violence an aggravating circumstance in homicide cases. It also mandates education and violence prevention measures, as well as a host of victim support services, but the government did not implement the law effectively"(16)
Dec. 20, 2017, 7:42 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1, DV-LAW-1

"Statistics released in 2016 show the continuous exposure of a large number of Saudi women to violence, despite a domestic violence awareness campaign launched in 2013 and a subsequent law criminalizing domestic abuse" (para 7).
Dec. 20, 2017, 2:45 p.m.
Countries: Italy
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) on Thursday ruled that Italy failed to protect a mother and son from multiple accounts of domestic violence spanning less than two years" (para 1). "Italian authorities created a 'situation of impunity conducive to the recurrence of the acts of violence, which had then led to the attempted murder' of a wife and the death of her son, the court [European Court of Human Rights] said in a press statement" (para 2). "Police responded to at least four accounts of domestic violence in less than 18 months involving the married couple. But the court found that Italian authorities did not provide "appropriate protection" ...more
Dec. 20, 2017, 1:15 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1, DV-LAW-1, DV-LAW-2

"[an Afghani woman] was being abused by her husband, and she had the physical wounds to show it. At first, the government lawyer assigned to her, a man in his 60s, asked for a bribe. She decided to pay for his phone credit and gas for his car. Then, even after she got her divorce and her husband was sentenced to three years in prison, the lawyer would not stop calling" (para 18).
Dec. 20, 2017, 11:56 a.m.
Countries: Tunisia
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"The draft law was approved in July 2016, though it has yet to go into effect" (para 4). "The law appears to be a significant improvement in legal protection from domestic violence" (para 6).
Dec. 20, 2017, 11:56 a.m.
Countries: Morocco
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"Ultimately, the bill passed, though it has yet to go into effect" (para 9).
Dec. 14, 2017, 8:03 p.m.
Countries: Bangladesh

At 15:53 of the video the narrator says "The night before we met Brishti, she was molested by the man living in the room next to hers. The neighbours blamed her for the attack. She had to leave the compound that morning.The problem on that day was that man called me, so I went to him, but I never thought that he had that in mind. That was the problem, then neighbors saw that and got suspicious. That’s when aunty brought me here and let me stay at her house" (ENB-Coder Comment)
Dec. 14, 2017, 10:58 a.m.
Countries: Australia
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"The Royal Commission into Family Violence - a vast compendium of more than 2000 pages and seven volumes - draws on a wealth of data about the perpetrators - and victims - of family violence, collected over more than a decade. Thanks to that data, we now know that it is a small proportion of domestic abusers who account for most of the abuse" (para 1-2). "They were more likely to to be unemployed, with a history of depression or other mental health issues. Their partner was pregnant, or there was a newborn in the home. He drank too much or struggled with drug addiction. Some combination of these issues, ...more
Dec. 13, 2017, 11:07 p.m.
Countries: Mexico
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"Domestic violence in households is alarmingly high. Esther Chávez Cano, founding director of the Casa Amiga crisis center in Juárez, stated in a interview with the Center for International Studies of Ohio University that married men often feel that they are entitled to physically abuse their spouses. “[Husbands] say, ‘I have the paper [marriage certificate], so I have more rights to hit,’” she said. And though Mexican machismo alone is not the sole contributing factor to the femicides, it’s through this perpetual violence that a system of abuse and murder becomes normalized and never-ceasing in a city like Juárez" (para 5).
Dec. 1, 2017, 1:47 p.m.
Countries: Ghana
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"Many elderly women in northern Ghana have fled their homes to live in so-called witch camps. They have been accused of witchcraft and fear being killed" (para 1). CC: Threatening killing and violence could be considered domestic violence. "For the past three months, assaults on people accused of witchcraft have increased. Many of them have been physically harmed" (para 3). CC: Threatening killing and violence could be considered domestic violence. "Due to the increased violence, high-ranking chiefs in northern Ghana have drawn up a legal document to protect those accused of witchcraft. Humphrey Kuupire from the Northern Regional House of Chiefs called on residents of Tamale to follow established traditional ...more
Nov. 30, 2017, 12:32 p.m.
Countries: Philippines

"The program [Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program] (i) ensures that bank accounts are opened in women’s names; (ii) supports training of women on citizenship and rights, domestic violence"(54)
Nov. 10, 2017, 1:02 p.m.
Countries: North Korea
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"Violence against women was reported as a significant problem both inside and outside the home. No information was available on government efforts to combat rape, domestic violence, and other societal violence directed against women"(12)."The law states that a man who has sexual intercourse with a girl under age 15 shall be 'punished gravely.' There was no reporting on whether the government upheld this law"(14)
Nov. 3, 2017, 10:47 a.m.
Countries: Morocco
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"Moroccan police, prosecutors, judges, and other authorities often fail to prevent domestic abuse, punish the abusers, or assist survivors, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to the Moroccan government. In part, that is because Moroccan laws don’t provide officials with guidance on responding effectively"(1)."'Many women and girls enduring domestic violence don’t get the help they need from Moroccan authorities,' said Rothna Begum, Middle East and North Africa women’s rights researcher at Human Rights Watch. 'Adopting and enforcing a strong domestic violence law would not only help victims, but also help the authorities do their jobs'"(1)."A national survey of women aged 18 to 65 by the Moroccan High Commission ...more
Oct. 26, 2017, 4:32 p.m.
Countries: Cambodia
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"'An interesting paradox [in Cambodia, for example] is that a majority of people know that domestic violence is against the law, but at the same time a significant minority still believe that in some cases, it is justified for men to hit their wives.' According to a UN Women survey on women’s health and life experience in Cambodia, almost half of Cambodian women find justification for a partner hitting a woman" (para 12).
Oct. 26, 2017, 11:20 a.m.
Countries: Russia

"In Chechnya, sexual violence by close relatives, is hardly ever prosecuted; if such a crime becomes public knowledge, the victim may be killed to 'purge the family shame'"(para 4)
Sept. 12, 2017, 10:04 a.m.
Countries: Iran

"Women and girls are inadequately protected against domestic and other violence, including early and forced marriage and marital rape"(para 17)
Sept. 1, 2017, 1:17 p.m.
Countries: Morocco
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

“Zioual points the finger at the imposition of harshly patriarchal customs from the Middle East, particularly in recent decades. ‘The active marginalization and oppression of women has come from Arab countries — it is the Arab male who has this culture,’ she says of … an unwillingness to punish men who beat their wives” (para 16).
Aug. 31, 2017, 10:54 a.m.
Countries: China
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

“The harsh disciplining of children remains widespread, reflecting a tradition of ‘dama jiaoyu,’ or hitting-and-cursing education, even if it has become a topic of debate among some parents in recent years. The habit can easily slip into abuse, scholars say” (para 4). “‘Chinese parents tend to use physical and emotional punishment to solve parent-child problems and conflicts, which may easily lead to child abuse,’ the authors wrote. ‘The problem [domestic violence] is linked to culture,’ Mr. He, a professor of social work and sociology, said in an interview. ‘Chinese culture is very tolerant of it, so there’s a lot of corporal punishment in families and schools’” (para 7-8).more
Aug. 29, 2017, 9:40 p.m.
Countries: Indonesia
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

“The worst case we found was a woman who was locked up for 15 years, defecating, urinating, eating in the room where she was kept. She was locked up because she had been raiding the neighbors’ crops. As the father was tired of having to pay for the damages, and the advice of traditional healers did not improve her condition, he decided to lock her up in her own house. The windows had been partially boarded up, so it took a while for my eyes to adjust to the darkness. But then I saw this woman crouching on the floor, completely naked, amid a pile of rubble. She was so ...more
July 28, 2017, 7:07 a.m.
Countries: Russia
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"She argues for decriminalizing domestic violence on the grounds that parents in Russia should have the right to hit their children. 'In Russian traditional family culture parent-child relationships are built on the authority of the parents' power,' Mizulina told lawmakers before the vote, according to the Moscow Times. “The laws should support that family tradition'" (para 4-5).
July 7, 2017, 5:53 p.m.
Countries: Spain

¨Last year, 44 women were killed as a result of domestic violence in Spain, which was the lowest figure since such crimes were first recorded in 2003. Still, protests have recently been held in Madrid to denounce gender violence, as well as to support eight women from an association in northwestern Galicia, who started a hunger strike on Feb. 9 to protest the muted political response to such crimes¨(para 23)
July 5, 2017, 5:10 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"'There’s an increase in domestic violence cases despite the existence of a law that protects children from abuse'" (para 3).
May 5, 2017, 12:49 p.m.
Countries: Slovakia
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"While the law prohibits domestic violence, it was widespread, and activists claimed the government did not enforce the law effectively" (17).
May 1, 2017, 3:07 p.m.
Countries: Singapore
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"The Children and Young Persons Act criminalizes mistreatment of children, including physical, emotional, and sexual abuse. The government enforced the law against child abuse and provided support services for child-abuse victims" (22).
April 26, 2017, 4:39 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. The law permits authorities to place restraining orders on spouses to protect against abuse without prior approval from a court, but police do not have the authority to issue immediate restraining orders at the scene of an incident" (16). "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" (17). "The law requires every municipality in the country to set up an interagency team ...more
April 21, 2017, 10:33 a.m.
Countries: Netherlands

"The law in all parts of the kingdom criminalizes rape, including spousal rape, and domestic violence...Authorities effectively prosecuted such crimes" (12).
April 6, 2017, 11:13 a.m.
Countries: Libya
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"Social and cultural barriers--including police and judicial reluctance to act and family reluctance to publicize an assault--contributed to lack of effective government enforcement" (25).
April 6, 2017, 11:10 a.m.
Countries: Latvia
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"In other cases police hesitated to evict alleged perpetrators despite existing restraining orders. According to the NGO Marta, courts rejected two applications for restraining orders during the period" (16). "Police effectively enforced laws against child abuse, although NGOs observed that coordination among agencies involved in the protection of children’s rights was weak" (17). "NGOs and other observers criticized light sentences handed down by courts in some child-abuse cases. In July the Liepaja City Court sentenced two men (a father and son) to community service for long-term sexual abuse of a minor. The case stirred controversy throughout the country, as many believed the sentence was too lenient...The State Inspectorate for Children’s ...more
March 28, 2017, 9:15 a.m.
Countries: Iceland
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"While judges utilized this provision to hand down stronger domestic violence sentences, one respected activist expressed concern that sentences were still too mild and too few. In 2014, the most recent year for which data were available, 13.2 percent of the clients of the Counseling and Information Center for Survivors of Sexual Violence pressed charges. Some local human rights monitors attributed the underreporting of domestic violence and sex crimes to the infrequency of convictions and to traditionally light sentences. In the few cases of domestic violence that went to trial, the courts often continued to base sentences on precedent and rarely made full use of the more stringent sentencing authority ...more