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Latest items for DV-PRACTICE-1

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
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"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
March 24, 2017, 1:27 p.m.
Countries: Russia
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"The Russian Orthodox Church, with its emphasis on the traditional family, has also influenced the debate. As have the traditional rules of Russian family life, including the 'domostroi,' a centuries-old manual prescribing strict rules of behavior and requiring absolute submission to the head of the family...A member of the Russian Duma Vitaly Milonov, who supported the law, told CNN: 'I don't think that we should violate the rights of family and sometimes a man and a woman, wife and husband, have a conflict. Sometimes in this conflict they use, I don't know, a frying pan, uncooked spaghetti, and so on. Frankly speaking what we call home violence is not home ...more
March 24, 2017, 1:11 p.m.
Countries: Haiti
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"Police rarely arrested the perpetrators or investigated the incidents, and the survivor sometimes suffered further harassment and reprisals from perpetrators. Judges often released suspects arrested for domestic violence and rape" (24). "The government continued to lack sufficient resources and an adequate legal framework to fully support or enforce existing mechanisms to promote children’s rights and welfare but made some progress in institutionalizing protections for children" (27).
March 23, 2017, 8:20 p.m.
Countries: Russia
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"Domestic violence has deep cultural roots. An old Russian proverb says: 'If he beats you it means he loves you.' 'Violence isn’t just a norm, it’s our style of life,' says Alena Popova, an advocate for laws against domestic violence" (para 7).
March 20, 2017, 12:04 p.m.
Countries: Guyana
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"There were reports of police accepting bribes from perpetrators and other reports of magistrates applying inadequate sentences after conviction" (10). "According to an NGO, police units were required to have domestic violence units where victims could be counseled in private. The NGO observed that in most cases domestic violence reports were not taken confidentially but rather were discussed in the open at police stations and were not treated as a matter of urgency. The NGO handled cases of abuse and violence, including child, spousal, and other domestic abuse, and provided psychosocial services to those victims" (10). "As with cases of domestic abuse, NGOs reported that some police officers and magistrates ...more
March 16, 2017, 11:51 a.m.
Countries: Guinea
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"The law criminalizes rape and domestic violence, but both occurred frequently, and authorities rarely prosecuted perpetrators" (20). "Assault constitutes grounds for divorce under civil law, but police rarely intervened in domestic disputes, and courts rarely punished perpetrators" (21).
March 14, 2017, 3:23 p.m.
Countries: Guatemala
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"Full investigation and prosecution of domestic violence and rape cases took an average of one year" (14).
March 9, 2017, 12:50 p.m.
Countries: Ghana
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"Police maintained specialized units in Accra for homicide, forensics, domestic violence, trafficking in persons, visa fraud, narcotics, and cybercrimes. Such services were unavailable outside the capital due to the lack of office space, vehicles, and other equipment" (4). "Inadequate resources and logistical capacity in the DOVVSU and other agencies, however, hindered the full application of the law. 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" (13). "According to the DOVVSU, of the 255 rape and domestic assault cases sent to court in 2013, only 16 resulted ...more
March 7, 2017, 10:54 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" (22).
March 3, 2017, 1:35 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
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"Over the decades, successive laws have sought to improve the position of women, but implementation has been lacking because it is mostly in the hands of male government functionaries and the police who consider most violence against women as a 'family problem', or even provoked by women themselves" (para 5). "The law calls for creation of a vast institutional infrastructure, the recruitment and training of manpower, and the drawing up of detailed rules to regulate the legal and operational aspects of system to protect women. The Act provides for 'phased' implementation of the law, and officials say it will be some time before the first district protection teams get on ...more
March 3, 2017, 9:06 a.m.
Countries: Finland

"The law criminalizes rape, including spousal rape, and domestic violence, and the government enforced the law effectively" (10).
March 3, 2017, 9:01 a.m.
Countries: Gabon
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"Although the law prohibits domestic violence, NGOs reported it was common...Through the center’s work, police intervened in response to some incidents of domestic violence" (14). "Child abuse occurred, but most cases were not reported, particularly if the abuse occurred within the family. When reports of abuse surfaced, police generally arrested the accused abusers, but an inefficient judicial system resulted in long delays in adjudication" (16).
March 1, 2017, 12:11 p.m.
Countries: Fiji
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"Police claimed to practice a 'no-drop' policy, whereby they pursued investigations of domestic violence cases even if a victim later withdrew the accusation. Women’s organizations reported police were not always consistent in their observance of this policy. The decree gives police authority to apply to a magistrate for restraining orders in domestic violence cases, but police often told victims to apply for such orders themselves. Police officers were not always aware they had the power to apply on the victim’s behalf. As a result complainants sometimes were obliged to seek legal assistance from a lawyer or NGO. Courts dismissed some cases of domestic abuse and incest or gave perpetrators light ...more