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Latest items for DV-PRACTICE-1

April 12, 2019, 7:56 p.m.
Countries: China
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"[Hong Kong] The government regarded domestic violence against women as a serious concern and took measures to prevent and prosecute offenses. It effectively enforced criminal statutes prohibiting domestic violence against women and prosecuted violators. From January to June, police investigated 690 domestic violence-related cases. The law allows victims to seek a three-month injunction, extendable to six months, against an abuser. The ordinance does not criminalize domestic violence directly, but abusers may be liable for criminal charges under other ordinances. The government enforced the law and prosecuted violators, but sentences typically consisted only of injunctions or restraining orders" (page 113). "[Hong Kong] The law mandates protection for victims of child abuse...more
April 11, 2019, 8:01 a.m.
Countries: Ecuador
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1, DV-PRACTICE-1

"There were reports that, in some cases, victims waited 10 days or more for a response from the Prosecutor’s Office. The law requires public hospitals to provide 'first reception halls' to handle cases of sexual violence and domestic violence. The specialized halls--under the supervision of the Ministry of Health and staffed by physicians, psychologists, and social workers--offer immediate attention to the victim" (p. 23).
April 10, 2019, 8:03 p.m.
Countries: Israel
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"Arab and Jewish women’s rights groups protested against perceived police inaction and societal indifference to or support for actions to combat domestic violence" (36).
April 9, 2019, 7:27 a.m.
Countries: Uruguay
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"The Montevideo municipal government and the state-owned telephone company, Antel, funded a free nationwide hotline operated by trained NGO employees for survivors of domestic violence. In November the government launched the 2016-19 action plan 'For a Life Free of Gender Violence with a Generational View,' which aims to consolidate a national policy to reduce gender violence and provide restitution to victims. The plan provides for an interagency response system for violence prevention, access to justice, victim protection and attention, and punishment of defendants" (p. 10 - 11).
April 9, 2019, 7:26 a.m.
Countries: Uruguay
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"Survivors of domestic violence requiring hospitalization were more likely to receive follow-up assistance from healthcare providers and police authorities" (p. 10).
April 8, 2019, 9:28 a.m.
Countries: Burma/Myanmar
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"Thiri Aung Tin said her boyfriend had persuaded her to elope, then locked her in a dark room for days on end. It was the start of an ordeal of captivity and verbal abuse that lasted more than two years, she said, and eventually drove her to attempt suicide. When he was arrested in February for abduction and wrongful confinement, two days after she reported him to the police, she hoped he would face adequate punishment. But he was released without bail in early March, and accused only of violating a section of Myanmar’s 19th-century penal code on “cheating” that is sometimes applied to unfaithful partners and carries a maximum...more
April 8, 2019, 7:22 a.m.
Countries: Portugal
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"There were reports Romani parents used minor children for street begging" (p. 12).
April 8, 2019, 7:22 a.m.
Countries: Portugal
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"The law allows third parties to file domestic violence reports. The government encouraged abused women to file complaints with the appropriate authorities and offered the victim protection against the abuser" (p. 10 - 11).
April 5, 2019, 11:16 a.m.
Countries: Solomon Islands
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"In reported cases of domestic abuse, victims often dropped charges before a court appearance, or settled cases out of court. In cases in which charges were filed, the time between the charging of an individual and the subsequent court hearing could be as long as two years. The magistrates’ courts dealt with physical abuse of women as with any other assault, but prosecutions were rare due to low judicial and police capacity and to cultural bias against women" (10). "The law criminalizes domestic violence including violence against children, but lacked public awareness and enforcement. Child sexual and physical abuse remained significant problems" (11).
April 5, 2019, 6:49 a.m.
Countries: Bolivia
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"Women’s rights organizations reported that police units assigned to the FELCV did not have sufficient resources and that frontline officers lacked proper training about their investigatory responsibilities under the law. Women’s organizations also reported the law’s stringent penalties discouraged some women from reporting domestic abuse by their spouses, in part because of economic dependence" (p. 21).
April 4, 2019, 3:14 p.m.
Countries: Oman
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"Victims of domestic violence may file a complaint with police, and reports suggested that police responded promptly and professionally" (13-14).
March 31, 2019, 3:59 p.m.
Countries: Russia
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"The most significant human rights issues included...thousands of fatal incidents of domestic violence to which the government responded by reducing the penalty for domestic violence" (2). "According to NGOs, many law enforcement personnel and prosecutors did not consider spousal or acquaintance rape a priority and did not encourage reporting or prosecuting such cases. NGOs reported that local police officers sometimes refused to respond to rape or domestic violence calls unless the victim’s life was directly threatened" (46). "Domestic violence remained a major problem" (46). "According to NGOs, police were often unwilling to register complaints of domestic violence and frequently discouraged victims from submitting them" (46). "The NGO Center for Women’s...more
March 29, 2019, 5:33 p.m.
Countries: Malawi
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"Police regularly investigated cases of rape, sexual assault, and gender-based violence but did not normally intervene in domestic disputes" (para 83).
March 29, 2019, 4:03 p.m.
Countries: China
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"According to women’s rights activists, a reoccurring problem in the prosecution of domestic violence cases was a lack of evidence--including photographs, hospital records, police records, or children’s testimony--which hindered the prosecution of domestic violence cases. Witnesses seldom testified in court. Courts’ recognition of domestic violence improved, making spousal abuse a mitigating factor in crimes committed in self-defense. In March the SPC issued guidelines for dealing with cases of domestic violence to improve the unified application of laws, according to the Information Office of the State Council. In April the Sichuan People’s Court suspended for two years the death sentence of a women who had murdered her husband, with the court...more
March 25, 2019, 2:28 p.m.
Countries: Liberia
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

In June an LGBTI individual described respectful treatment by police after she reported a violent assault by a neighbor with a history of harassing and whose family had justified the assault by calling the victim an “aggressive lesbian.” Cases of abuse against LGBTI persons can be reported via the Ministry of Justice, National Aids Commission, and the Independent National Commission on Human Rights; however, no official action was taken (29).
March 25, 2019, 2:20 p.m.
Countries: Liberia
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"The most significant human rights issues included extrajudicial killings by police; police abuse, harassment, and intimidation of detainees and others; arbitrary arrest and detention; press harassment; official corruption; lack of accountability in cases of violence against women and children, including rape, domestic violence, and female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C); criminalization of same-sex sexual conduct; and trafficking in persons" (1). "Although outlawed, domestic violence remained a widespread problem. The maximum penalty for conviction of domestic violence is six months’ imprisonment, but the government did not enforce the law effectively" (22).
March 22, 2019, 9:38 a.m.
Countries: Maldives
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"Officers were nevertheless reluctant to make arrests in cases of violence against women within the family, reportedly believing such violence was justified" (23).
March 21, 2019, 11:12 p.m.
Countries: Syria
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1, DV-DATA-1

"The law does not specifically prohibit domestic violence, and violence against women was extensive and generally went unpunished" (para 186).
March 21, 2019, 3:11 p.m.
Countries: Hungary
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"There were reports during the year of domestic violence against women and children, sexual harassment of women, anti-Semitism, abuse and inhuman treatment of institutionalized persons with mental disabilities, social exclusion and discrimination against Roma, verbal abuse and harassment against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, and intersex (LGBTI) persons, and trafficking in persons" (1-2). "The criminal code includes 'violence within partnership' (domestic violence) as a separate category of offense. By law certain cases of regularly committed physical assault, defamation, violation of personal freedom, and coercion are more severely punished if the offender and the victim live together or have lived together or if a child has been born as a result of...more
March 20, 2019, 7:36 a.m.
Countries: Australia
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1, DV-PRACTICE-2

"A 2015 policy initiative to address domestic violence included A$100 million ($75 million) for federal and state government programs to provide support for victims, including funding for numerous women’s shelters. Police received training in responding to domestic violence. Federal, state, and territorial governments collaborated on the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-22, the first effort to coordinate action at all levels of government to reduce violence against women. In October 2016 the Third Action Plan 2016-2019 of the National Plan set 36 practical actions in six priority areas" (p. 12).
March 19, 2019, 7:13 a.m.
Countries: Germany
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1, DV-PRACTICE-1

"Officials may temporarily deny abusers access to the household without a court order, put them under a restraining order, or in severe cases prosecute them for assault or rape and require them to pay damages" (p. 17).
March 18, 2019, 2:22 p.m.
Countries: South Korea
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"The most significant human rights issues included: government interpretation and application of the National Security Law, libel laws, and other laws that limited freedom of expression and restricted internet access; corruption; domestic violence; and the military’s prosecution of male soldiers for homosexual activities, although the new government discontinued such action" (1). "The police generally respond promptly and appropriately to reported incidents, and the judicial system effectively enforced the law. However, domestic violence was a significant, yet underreported problem. Both government and NGO surveys indicated that it occurs in about approximately 50 percent of households" (17). "Footage of a man hitting and kicking his former girlfriend before chasing her down a...more
March 18, 2019, 2:07 p.m.
Countries: North Korea
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"According to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Seoul, approximately 70 percent of all defectors from North Korea were women, and many were victims of sexual violence and sex trafficking before arriving in South Korea" (12).
March 15, 2019, 1:45 p.m.
Countries: Latvia
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"NGOs complained that, in some domestic violence cases, police were reluctant to act. In his report Commissioner Muiznieks stated that, although police received an average of 13 telephone calls a day reporting cases of 'family conflicts,' 97 percent of the cases did not result in criminal proceedings, mostly because police did not qualify them as criminal offenses. Muiznieks quoted police data that in 2014, 144 women were subjected to domestic violence. In the same year, at least five women were killed by their spouses or partners, and four more were killed by other relatives. In some cases, police hesitated to evict alleged perpetrators despite restraining orders. NGOs also criticized police...more
March 15, 2019, 11:35 a.m.
Countries: Vanuatu
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"There continue to be some reports that police did not promptly enforce court orders related to domestic violence" (4). "In June Alice Karis died after sustaining head injuries inflicted by her boyfriend during a fight, and in August Flora Charley was found dead in her home after being stabbed by her partner. In both cases, the perpetrators were arrested and are awaiting trial... The Police Academy and the New Zealand government provided training for police in responding to domestic violence and sexual assault cases" (9).
March 15, 2019, 9:33 a.m.
Countries: Morocco
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"According to NGOs, the courts rarely prosecuted perpetrators of low-level misdemeanors. Police were slow to act in domestic violence cases, and the government generally did not enforce the law and sometimes returned women against their will to abusive homes. Police generally treated domestic violence as a social rather than a criminal matter. Physical abuse was legal grounds for divorce, although few women reported such abuse to authorities" (page 27). "Prosecutions for child abuse were extremely rare" (page 29).
March 15, 2019, 7 a.m.
Countries: Uruguay
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"Civil courts decided most domestic cases, and judges in these cases often issued restraining orders, which were difficult to enforce. The judiciary and the Ministry of Interior continued the use of double ankle-bracelet sets (one bracelet for the victim and one for the aggressor) to track the distance between the two. The ministry reported having trained 15,000 police officers on domestic violence issues since 2012" (p. 11).
March 14, 2019, 3:31 p.m.
Countries: Norway
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"Action plan entitled 'The Right to Decide about One’s Own Life — an Action Plan to Combat Negative Social Control, Forced Marriage and Female Genital Mutilation 2017–2020, in 2017, and other action plans, including: (i) On combating human trafficking; (ii) Against hate speech, aimed at preventing hate speech on all prohibited grounds of discrimination, including gender; (iii) To strengthen investigation and prosecution in the police and the prosecuting authorities, including in relation to cases of gender-based violence against women, in 2016; (iv) Against domestic violence, entitled 'A Life without Violence', for the period from 2014 to 2017" (2). "The Committee welcomes the adoption of the national plan of action against...more
March 13, 2019, 7:37 p.m.
Countries: Colombia
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"A number of other tools are being implemented to strengthen the management of police services and other authorities involved in handling cases related to gender-based violence, for example: a) An instrument to assess the risk to life and personal integrity of gender-based violence within the family. b) A tracking tool for protective measures imposed by family police services in cases of gender-based violence. c) A tracking tool for protective measures imposed by family police services in cases of gender-based violence. d) Options in terms of police services’ care procedures for victims of gender-based violence within the family" (7).
March 12, 2019, 12:43 p.m.
Countries: North Korea
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"Defectors reported violence against women was a systematic problem both inside and outside the home. According to the 2015 KINU survey of defectors conducted from 2011-15, 81 percent of respondents believed domestic violence was 'common'" (19).