The most comprehensive compilation of information on the status of
women in the world.

Latest items for DV-PRACTICE-2

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-2

“Morocco was recently severely criticized in a Human Rights Watch report for its abysmal treatment of women victims of domestic violence” (para 18).
Aug. 31, 2017, 10:54 a.m.
Countries: China

“News reports that women across China are applying for and receiving spousal protection orders from courts since the Anti-Domestic Violence Law took effect on March 1 showed that they were seizing new opportunities to ensure their safety. Feng Yuan, a feminist who has just returned from a work trip to a rural county in the southwestern province of Yunnan, said that women had inundated the local authorities with requests for information” (para 11).
Aug. 30, 2017, 12:31 p.m.
Countries: India

"The case came to light last Wednesday when the police received a tip on a help line dedicated to crimes against women" (para 5).
Aug. 28, 2017, 4:45 p.m.
Countries: Solomon Islands
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"According to the World Health Organization, 64 percent of women aged fifteen to forty-nine experienced violence from a partner, and 37 percent of women were subject to sexual abuse before age fifteen. Violence against women can impede a woman’s ability to enter and remain in the labor force – and yet reliable employment is critical to enabling survivors of violence to escape abusive relationships"(para 6)
Aug. 14, 2017, 8:43 a.m.
Countries: Indonesia

"This includes protection, legal assistance, medical assistance and counselling, as well as empowerment programmes to give women the confidence and skills to support themselves. Awareness of gender issues and violence against women must also be raised. Currently, some of these services are being provided by police, women’s organizations and civil society groups, including faith-based organizations. But much more is needed" (para 16-17).
Aug. 9, 2017, 8:04 p.m.
Countries: Georgia
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2, DV-DATA-1

"Too often, this endorsement of men’s dominance and women’s silent suffering extends to physical and sexual gender-based violence as well. Nearly one-quarter of women surveyed in 2013 reported having had sex with their husband against their will, and according to an earlier UNFPA study, only 2 per cent of women who suffer domestic violence in the country reach out to police, lawyers and other service providers"(para 8)
July 28, 2017, 7:07 a.m.
Countries: Russia
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"According to the Moscow-based ANNA National Center for the Prevention of Violence, women already see little point in seeking legal recourse for abuse, a situation that could worsen if the bill is enacted. Some 74% of women who sought assistance from a national help-line never reported abuse to police, the group said" (para 9).
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-2

"'We try to reconcile between the two conflicting parties,' said Al-Abideen, adding that the NSHR first communicates with the violator before referring the victim to a shelter home. 'We can refer violence victims to shelter homes under the supervision of the Ministry of Labor and Social Development, according to the victim’s wishes. We can then give them guidance to seek legal action in case the reconciliation failed.' In 2013, the Saudi Cabinet passed unprecedented legislation that criminalizes domestic violence. The legislation holds law-enforcement agencies accountable for investigating and prosecuting domestic violence cases, which police previously dealt with as a private domestic matter. The hotline 1919 has been established to report ...more
July 5, 2017, 4:22 p.m.
Countries: Lebanon

"In 2016, 1,976 young women benefited from the Women and Girls Safe Spaces set up by ABAAD in 2015, which provides psychosocial activities, follow-up and psychological support, legal advice and representation in court, and emergency shelter for women fleeing violence or high-risk situations" (para 7).
July 3, 2017, 2:58 p.m.
Countries: Japan
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"The Committee is further concerned at:...Information that migrant women, ethnic and other minorities, and women with disabilities who are victims of violence, including domestic violence, are reluctant to report cases to the authorities, and that migrant women, in particular, fail to do so owing to the risk of having their residence status revoked, as they are required to provide ‘justifiable reasons’ for protection under the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act" (6)
June 12, 2017, 1:04 p.m.
Countries: Egypt

"Nearly 10,000 people, aged between 18 and 59, were questioned with a majority of the men supporting a range of traditional and inequitable attitudes toward women, including a belief that they are not fit to be leaders, should not work outside the home, and that it is more important to educate boys than girls...In Egypt, more than 90% of men agreed with the statement that ‘a man should have the final word about decision in the home’. Although a majority – 58.5% – of women also agreed. More than half of the Egyptian men surveyed agreed that ‘there are times when a woman deserves to be beaten’, compared with less ...more
June 7, 2017, 10:52 a.m.
Countries: Afghanistan

"We, in the Hadia organization, have an event today called 'Light a candle for Mah Gul'. The event is supporting women who have been subject to violence, rape and murder this past year" (1). This is a quote from a teenage Afghani girl at 18:42 (TPJ - CODER COMMENT).
June 5, 2017, 2:31 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"‘If the gun is simply displayed in a hostile way, it can create an ongoing environment of threat and intimidation,’ Sorenson [professor at University of Pennsylvania] says. ‘It can facilitate chronic, ongoing, physical — as well as sexual and psychological — abuse.’ Researchers call this concept ‘coercive control.’ The Sorenson paper explains that because guns can become lethal so quickly — all that’s needed is a simple pull of a trigger — their mere presence can elicit a victim’s compliance. When a man pulls a gun on his partner, it’s not the immediate fear that is most traumatizing. It’s the ongoing knowledge that he could do it again, and that ...more
June 5, 2017, 2:31 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"Dierkers [Peg Dierkers, executive director of the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence] explains that coercive control is not commonly discussed outside of advocacy circles. She attributes this fact to a perception among victims that if abuse doesn’t result in physical injury, it can’t be reported to law enforcement or social service organizations who could provide help" (p 9)
May 5, 2017, 12:49 p.m.
Countries: Slovakia
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"According to local NGOs, domestic violence often was underreported due to the social stigma associated with being a victim, and crime statistics did not adequately reflect the extent of the problem" (17). "Government bodies provided financial support to crisis centers for abused children and NGOs that worked on child abuse. The Labor and Social Affairs Office had dedicated departments for overseeing childcare and monitoring child abuse" (19).
April 26, 2017, 4:39 p.m.
Countries: Poland
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"In 2014, the most recent year for which statistics were available, local governments provided victims and their families with legal and psychological assistance and operated 163 crisis intervention centers and 13 shelters for pregnant women and mothers with small children. In addition local governments operated 35 specialized centers funded by the government’s National Program for Combating Domestic Violence" (17). "In 2014, the last year for which statistics were available, the government spent 3.9 million zloty ($990,000) on programs to combat domestic violence, primarily corrective education programs for abusers and training for social workers, police officers, and specialists who were the first contacts for victims of domestic violence...The government also spent ...more
April 21, 2017, 10:33 a.m.
Countries: Netherlands
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"The main national project was Safe Home, a knowledge and reporting center for domestic abuse...The center has a national 24/7 hotline for persons affected by domestic violence...The government supported the organization Movisie, which assisted domestic and sexual violence survivors, trained police and first-line responders, and maintained a website on preventing domestic violence" (12). "In Sint Maarten the Safe Haven foundation collaborated with government agencies in cases pertaining to women and children, especially in abuse cases. In Curacao the Victims Assistance Bureau continued a 'stop abuse' public information campaign and published articles in its free newspaper, Tasina, to raise awareness of domestic violence" (13).
April 6, 2017, 11:13 a.m.
Countries: Libya
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"A 2013 report from the International Federation of Electoral Systems cited high levels of acceptance and justifications of domestic violence in the society...In the past municipalities and local organizations maintained women’s shelters in most major cities, but it was difficult to confirm whether shelters continued to operate or were accessible to victims of domestic violence" (25).
April 6, 2017, 11:10 a.m.
Countries: Latvia
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"There was one short-term shelter designated for battered and abused women. Survivors of violence also sought help in family crisis centers, which had limited capacity and gave priority to women with children. While NGOs managed four general crisis hotlines, none was dedicated to rape or assault. The NGO Marta Resource Center for Women operated websites that provided information and legal assistance to female survivors of violence" (16). "During a nationwide, one-week, hotline campaign in October, the State Inspectorate for Children’s Rights provided 648 consultations in response to inquiries about cases of emotional, physical, or sexual abuse of children" (17). "A special police unit in Riga worked to prevent the sexual ...more
March 28, 2017, 9:15 a.m.
Countries: Iceland
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"The government helped finance the Women’s Shelter, the Counseling and Information Center for Survivors of Sexual Violence, the rape crisis center of the national hospital, and other organizations that assisted victims of domestic or gender-based violence. In addition to partially funding such services, the government provided help to immigrant women in abusive relationships, offering emergency accommodation, counseling, and information on legal rights" (10). "The agency operated a diagnostic and short-term treatment center for abused and troubled minors, and was responsible for three long-term treatment facilities. It also coordinated the work of 27 committees throughout the country responsible for local management of child-protection problems...The government maintained a children’s assessment center to ...more
March 24, 2017, 1:27 p.m.
Countries: Russia
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"'Universally gender based crimes are under-reported but in Russia they are hugely under reported,' Yulia Gorbunova of Human Rights Watch told CNN on Tuesday. 'There is a stigma around talking about violence, physical violence at home and women do not feel that they can speak up' (para 13-14).
March 24, 2017, 1:19 p.m.
Countries: Czech Republic
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"The law also provides protection against domestic violence to other persons living in the household, especially children and seniors, and allows legal emancipation for children from the age of 16 under certain circumstances. For example, a child may request a court order to remove an aggressor from the family in case a parent (usually the mother) was not willing or able to do so" (15). "During the year the Ministry of Interior provided eight NGOs a total of 1.6 million korunas ($67,000) for projects to prevent domestic violence against seniors" (15).
March 23, 2017, 8:20 p.m.
Countries: Russia
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"More than 70% of women who call the Anna Centre’s hotline never report their cases to the police. The practice of private prosecution, which forces victims to navigate bureaucratic obstacles, dissuades many. 'It’s the circles of hell, it goes on and on,' says Natalia Tunikova, who tried unsuccessfully to prosecute the man she says abused her. Nonetheless, awareness has been growing, partly thanks to grassroots efforts. 'The idea that ‘it’s her fault’ is no longer accepted a priori,' says Mrs Zhavnerovich. (Curiously, she supports the new law, believing that more women will come forward if they do not think their partners will be sent to Russia’s harsh prisons.) A social-media ...more
March 21, 2017, 12:08 p.m.
Countries: Guinea-Bissau
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"Although police intervened in domestic disputes if requested, the government did not undertake specific measures to counter social pressure against reporting domestic violence, rape, incest, and other mistreatment of women" (10).
March 20, 2017, 12:04 p.m.
Countries: Guyana
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"The Georgetown Legal Aid Clinic, with government and private support, provided advice to persons who could not afford a lawyer, particularly victims of domestic violence and violence against women" (5). "Survivors frequently were unwilling to press charges due to a lack of confidence in obtaining a remedy through the courts. Some preferred to reach a pecuniary settlement out of court" (10). "The government and private donors funded Help & Shelter, an NGO, to run a free shelter for victims of domestic violence and operate a hotline to counsel victims. The Help & Shelter also conducted awareness sessions to sensitize individuals about domestic violence and counseled persons affected by domestic abuse ...more
March 16, 2017, 11:51 a.m.
Countries: Guinea
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"Child abuse, which occurred openly on the street, rarely was reported. Families ignored most cases or addressed them at the community level. For example, in Kindia, the local committee investigated a case of abuse, but for unknown reasons was not allowed to refer the case to the courts" (24).
March 14, 2017, 3:23 p.m.
Countries: Guatemala
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"The Institute of Public Criminal Defense provides free legal, medical, and psychological assistance to survivors of domestic violence" (15). "The government’s Program for the Prevention and Eradication of Intrafamily Violence, under the Secretariat of Social Work, reported receiving an average of five calls daily from battered women and children" (15). "The Office of the Ombudsman for Indigenous Women within COPREDEH provided social services for survivors of domestic or social violence, as well as mediation, conflict resolution, and legal services for indigenous women" (16). "Although the law affords protection, including shelter, to victims of domestic violence, there were insufficient facilities for this purpose. The Ministry of Government operated eight shelters for ...more
March 14, 2017, 10:47 a.m.
Countries: United Kingdom

"Friday’s successful vote for ratification requires the British government to guarantee funding for shelters, crisis centers, helplines, and violence-prevention training and education in schools, which would help to combat rising rates of violent gender-based crimes in England and Scotland" (para 2).