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Latest items for DV-PRACTICE-1

July 11, 2018, 8 p.m.
Countries: Uruguay
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"Decree No. 382 of 2012, to create the National Office of Domestic and Gender Violence, which reports cases of violence to the national police; Comprehensive programme to combat gender-based violence, in 2011" (page 2). "The Committee notes that the State party has established specialized family courts with competence to hear cases of domestic violence, in addition to multidisciplinary advisory teams and ombudspersons’ offices, which provide advice and recommendations on issues relating to domestic violence. The Committee remains concerned, however, about the persistence of structural barriers in the justice system that prevent women from gaining access to justice and obtaining redress, namely: (a) The length and complexity of legal proceedings in...more
July 6, 2018, 6:49 p.m.
Countries: Uruguay
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"The Public Safety Management System (SGSP) has a specific domestic violence module, to link the offences of assault and battery, threats, private violence, suicides and murders, among others, to domestic violence. It has also been possible, in that module, to analyse such things as the kind and frequency of violence, risk factors, the victim’s family and social network, to record the precautionary measures taken by the justice system, and to give operators querying SGSP warnings about the person under investigation. The implementation of the module resulted in a significant increase in the recording and collection of law enforcement events associated with domestic violence . . . With regard to the...more
June 26, 2018, 8:46 p.m.
Countries: Jamaica
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"The nongovernmental organization (NGO) Woman Inc. reported that women frequently complained that police failed to treat domestic violence as a crime and take the necessary reports...NGOs reported the criminal justice system failed to hold perpetrators of violence against women and children accountable with the necessary urgency and seriousness" (12).
June 26, 2018, 9:09 a.m.
Countries: New Zealand
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"E Tu Whānau is a Māori-led response to family violence in New Zealand. The programme made good progress against the first Programme of Action (2008-2013). A key focus was to ensure that the need to address family violence was led by Māori. There is clear evidence that progress has been made in this — Māori leaders are taking responsibility, demonstrating commitment and reclaiming tikanga (traditional cultural values). The programme is into its second strengths-based programme of action (covering 2013-2018) and is progressing well. It has triggered a good deal of discretionary effort from community and tribal leaders. Practitioners and providers receive comprehensive training which explicitly focuses on violence and legal...more
June 25, 2018, 8:56 p.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"The government prosecuted domestic violence cases under laws governing rape, indecent assault, damage to property, and violating a protection order" (31).
June 14, 2018, 5:52 p.m.
Countries: Sweden
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"Authorities apprehended and prosecuted abusers in most cases of domestic violence" (10).
June 9, 2018, 4:42 p.m.
Countries: Kenya
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee welcomes the adoption of the Protection against Domestic Violence Act of 2015. However, it remains concerned about the high level of gender-based violence against women and girls and the widespread incidence of sexual violence, including rape, in the private and public spheres" (6)
June 8, 2018, 1:24 p.m.
Countries: Turkey
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

" . . . protection orders are rarely implemented and are insufficiently monitored, with such failure often resulting in prolonged gender-based violence against women or the killing of the women concerned" (page 8). " . . . inadequate assistance and remedies are offered to women seeking to escape violent relationships, reflected, inter alia, in insufficient numbers of shelters in an inadequate geographical distribution, inappropriate conditions for women in shelters including invasive searches, confiscation of the women’s cell phones and restricted hours for entering and exiting the shelter, as well as the frequent practice of sending victims back to their abusive partners or compelling them to part with their children" (page...more
June 6, 2018, 8:37 p.m.
Countries: Papua New Guinea
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"Village and district courts often hesitated to interfere directly in domestic matters. Village courts regularly ordered payment of compensation to an abused spouse’s family in cases of domestic abuse rather than issuing an order to detain and potentially charge the alleged offender" (6). "The law criminalizes intimate-partner violence, but it nonetheless persisted throughout the country and was generally committed with impunity...Implementation of the law remained incomplete" (15).
June 5, 2018, 6:03 p.m.
Countries: Greece
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"Authorities generally enforced the law effectively. Conviction rates for rape were low for first-time offenders, but sentences were robust for repeat offenders" (20).
June 3, 2018, 5:28 p.m.
Countries: Russia
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

" 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," (52). "According to NGOs police were often unwilling to register complaints of domestic violence and frequently discouraged victims from submitting them," (53) "The NGO Center for Women’s Support asserted that a majority of domestic violence cases filed with authorities were either dismissed on technical grounds or transferred to a reconciliation process conducted by a justice of the peace, whose...more
May 31, 2018, 2:35 p.m.
Countries: Tanzania
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"Fifty-eight percent of women and 40% of men believe that a husband is justified in beating his wife in at least one of five specified circumstances" (page 325). "Respondents were asked if they agreed that a husband is justified in hitting or beating his wife under each of the following five circumstances: she burns the food, she argues with him, she goes out without telling him, she neglects the children, and she refuses to have sex with him. If respondents answered “yes” in at least one circumstance, they were considered to have attitudes justifying wife beating . . . In Tanzania, 58% of women believe that a husband is justified...more
May 29, 2018, 7:52 p.m.
Countries: Solomon Islands
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"Police made efforts to charge offenders for domestic violence and assault against women. In cases of reported domestic abuse, victims often dropped charges before a court appearance, or cases were settled 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 government did not provide sufficient resources to enforce laws designed to protect children from sexual abuse,...more
May 29, 2018, 7:51 p.m.
Countries: Laos
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"The law grants exemption from penal liabilities in cases of physical violence without serious injury or physical damage" (19). This is very concerning, since it allows for judges to interprete the severity of the crime as they see fit, potentially lessening or downplaying the actual harm experienced by the victim, particularly if abuse was more mental/emotional than physical (AA-CODER COMMENT).
May 13, 2018, 7:53 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: DSFMF-PRACTICE-4, DSFMF-LAW-1, DV-PRACTICE-1, DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"Women in need of protection who could not find it often ended up in prison, either due to a lack of a protection center in their province or district, or based on local interpretation of “running away” as a moral crime. Adultery, fornication, and kidnapping are crimes under the law. Women often were convicted of those crimes in situations of abuse, rape, or forced marriage, or on the basis of invalid evidence, including virginity tests. Running away is not a crime under the law, and both the Supreme Court and AGO issued directives to this effect, but women and girls continued to be detained for running away from home or...more
May 13, 2018, 7:41 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-1, DV-PRACTICE-1, GP-DATA-3, DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"The Ministry of Women’s Affairs, as well as nongovernmental entities, sometimes arranged marriages for women who could not return to their families. Police units charged with addressing violence against women, children, and families, included female officers. Although trained to help victims of domestic violence, the officers were hindered by instructions to wait for victims to take the initiative and reach out to them" (para 36).
May 13, 2018, 6:48 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1, LRW-LAW-1, LRW-LAW-2, LRCM-PRACTICE-1, LRCM-LAW-2, MARR-PRACTICE-1, MARR-LAW-1, IAW-PRACTICE-1, IAW-LAW-1, DV-PRACTICE-1, DV-LAW-1, DV-LAW-2

"The EVAW law criminalizes violence against women, including rape, battery, or beating; forced marriage; humiliation; intimidation; and deprivation of inheritance, although its implementation remained limited. The law provides for a sentence of 16 to 20 years’ imprisonment for rape. If the act results in the death of the victim, the law provides for a death sentence for the perpetrator. The law provides for imprisonment of up to seven years for the “violation of chastity of a woman...that does not result in adultery (such as sexual touching).” Under the law, rape does not include spousal rape. The law was not widely understood, and some in the public and the religious communities...more
May 13, 2018, 6:37 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"Authorities imprisoned some women for reporting crimes perpetrated against them and detained some as proxies for a husband or male relative convicted of a crime on the assumption the suspect would turn himself in to free the family member. Authorities placed some women in protective custody to prevent violence by family members. They also employed protective custody (including placement in a detention center) for women who had experienced domestic violence, if no shelters were available to protect them from further abuse. The presidential decree on the Elimination of Violence Against Women (EVAW)--commonly referred to as the EVAW law--obliges police to arrest persons who abuse women. Implementation and awareness of the...more
May 13, 2018, 6:34 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1, DV-PRACTICE-1, DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"Police and legal officials often charged women with intent to commit zina to justify their arrest and incarceration for social offenses, such as running away from home, rejecting a spouse chosen by her family, fleeing domestic violence or rape, or eloping. Article 130 of the constitution provides that in cases not explicitly covered by the provisions of the constitution or other laws, courts may, in accordance with Hanafi jurisprudence (a school of sharia, or Islamic law) and within the limits set by the constitution, rule in a manner that best attains justice in the case. Although observers stated this provision was widely understood to apply only to civil cases, many...more
May 13, 2018, 6:15 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee expresses its deep concern at the high prevalence of violence against women in the State party, in particular domestic violence, rape, battery and laceration" (para 22).
May 13, 2018, 6:15 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee is also concerned about the challenges which impede the full implementation of the National Action Plan for the Women of Afghanistan, such as the lack of resources and the lack of accountability at the ministerial level responsible for its implementation" (para 18).
May 13, 2018, 6:14 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee notes the efforts of the State party to make the formal justice system accessible for its population, in particular for women, through the establishment of courts in remote areas, family courts and a prosecution office on violence against women and through the training of women judges. It is concerned that, despite these efforts, the police and the prosecutors continuously refer cases relating to violence against women, including domestic violence, to informal justice mechanisms (jirgas and shuras) for advice or resolution, despite the fact that many of these cases should be formally prosecuted and that decisions of informal justice mechanisms are discriminatory against women and undermine the implementation of...more
May 11, 2018, 12:35 p.m.
Countries: Belarus
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1, DV-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee notes with concern the increase in the prevalence of genderbased violence against women, including sexual and psychological violence, and: The absence of legislation that criminalizes gender-based violence specifically, including domestic violence and marital rape" (pg 5).
May 10, 2018, 7:17 p.m.
Countries: Argentina
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"In its four years of operation, the Domestic Violence Office established by the Supreme Court in the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires has assisted more than 50,000 people, logging 30,000 cases and answering 20,000 requests for information. The cities of Santiago del Estero and Tucumán have since joined the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires in this initiative and opened their own Domestic Violence Offices. The Supreme Court has now succeeded in getting all 23 provinces to sign an agreement to keep statistical records" (pg 6).
May 9, 2018, 4:01 p.m.
Countries: Haiti
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1, DV-PRACTICE-1

"Domestic and sexual violence appear to be socially legitimized and accompanied by a culture of silence and impunity, as evidenced by low rates of convictions for acts of sexual and other forms of gender-based violence despite the fact that rape remains one of the most frequently reported crimes in the State party" (7).
May 5, 2018, 3:12 p.m.
Countries: Slovenia
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee welcomes the progress achieved since the consideration in 2008 of the State party's fourth periodic report...in undertaking legislative reforms, in particular the adoption of the following legislation...Rules on cooperation between the police and other authorities in the detection and prevention of domestic violence, in 2010, to regulate the conduct of the police when treating domestic violence" (2). "The Committee notes with appreciation the various education and training courses for the judiciary, law enforcement officials, teaching staff and social workers to improve the capacity of the professionals responsible for the prevention of violence and to increase their gender sensitivity in dealing with women who are victims of violence" (5-6)....more
May 4, 2018, 10:03 a.m.
Countries: Australia
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"Domestic violence has no place in Australia and all levels of government work to ensure that appropriate laws, policing, education and support operates to reduce its incidence. Central to this is the government’s commitment to reducing violence against women and their children" (Pg 43). "The plan targets domestic and family violence and sexual assault––gendered crimes that have an unequal impact on women. It recognises the diverse needs and experiences of women with disability, young women, women from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and Indigenous women, and provides scope to tailor responses based on their specific circumstances. The plan demonstrates Australia’s commitment to upholding the human rights of Australian women through...more
May 1, 2018, 3:35 p.m.
Countries: Australia
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"Muslim women with violent husbands are struggling to get permission for a divorce from mosque imams, an investigation has revealed" (para 1).
April 26, 2018, 3:28 p.m.
Countries: Norway
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"The government generally enforced the law, although the Oslo Crisis Center continued to criticize the conviction rate (approximately 10 percent in 2014) as too low" (10). This is inregards to laws surrounding domestic violence specifically (AA-CODER COMMENT).
April 25, 2018, 3:38 p.m.
Countries: Norway
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"The government generally enforced the law, although the Oslo Crisis Center continued to criticize the conviction rate (approximately 10 percent in 2014) as too low" (10). This is inregards to laws surrounding domestic violence specifically (AA-CODER COMMENT).