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Latest items for DV-PRACTICE-2

July 11, 2018, 8 p.m.
Countries: Uruguay
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-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 family courts, and the duplication of proceedings among jurisdictions; (b) The limited availability and accessibility of specialized family courts in rural and border areas; (c) The absence of a specific complaint mechanism in cases...more
July 6, 2018, 6:49 p.m.
Countries: Uruguay
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"For its part, INAU operates services that deal every day with situations of violence affecting children and adolescents through the review and referral centres in each department in the country: the telephone hotline (Línea Azul), family referral centres, Casamiga and the Family Support Unit . . . In the nation’s capital a team stands ready to address whatever situations may arise. Agreements have also been entered into with civil society organizations whereby five shelters are open to mothers with children, with a total capacity of 170 mothers with children, while specific support services for such cases are available in Montevideo (4 agreements), Canelones (5 agreements) and San Jose (1 agreement)"...more
June 28, 2018, 6:14 p.m.
Countries: Australia
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"1800RESPECT––national sexual assault, family and domestic violence counselling services––is a free confidential telephone and online counselling, information and referral service to help anyone who has experienced, or is at risk of sexual assault or domestic and family violence" (M). "In February 2014 the NSW Government launched the NSW Domestic and Family Violence Framework for Reform, It Stops Here: Standing Together to End Domestic and Family Violence in NSW. It is designed to improve prevention and responses to domestic violence, including changing the way that victims receive help and are supported to recover. A key initiative is Safer Pathway, which includes risk identification, referrals and local service coordination, and gives victims...more
June 28, 2018, 4:51 p.m.
Countries: Tanzania

"The Committee expresses deep concern about: . . . (d) The impunity for perpetrators of such violence and the reluctance of girls who are victims of sexual violence to report cases of abuse to the police because of the stigma surrounding it; (e) The insufficient protection, support and rehabilitation services available to women and girls who are victims of violence" (page 7).
June 26, 2018, 8:46 p.m.
Countries: Jamaica
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"The Ministry of National Security’s Victim Support Unit, Dispute Resolution Foundation, Peace Centers, and Women’s Centers as well as various faith-based institutions offered counseling countrywide. Woman Inc. Crisis Centers in Kingston and Montego Bay provided counseling, shelter facilities, and support groups for rape victims, adult survivors of incest, and victims of gender-based violence. NGOs expressed concern that resources were insufficient for police investigations of gender-based violence and for counseling and shelter for victims" (12). "The BWA worked with UNESCO on a project entitled “Addressing the Gap of Gender-based Violence between the State and Vulnerable Women and Girls” to strengthen awareness of gender-based violence, sexual harassment, and the need to combat...more
June 26, 2018, 8:45 p.m.
Countries: Lithuania
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"Municipal governments and NGOs funded and operated 20 specialized regional help centers that assisted victims of domestic violence. The national government fully funded two others. One of the latter, the Shelter for Children and Mothers, located in Vilnius, assisted more than 100 victims of domestic violence and human trafficking during the year" (13). "The law prohibits sexual harassment, but women who experienced it remained reluctant to approach police or other institutions because of lack of confidence that authorities would respond and because of the perceived stigma associated with making such matters public" (13). The stigma surrounding reporting sexual harassment would logically also be associated with reporting domestic violence and rape...more
June 26, 2018, 9:09 a.m.
Countries: New Zealand
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"Violence has significant impacts on the physical and mental health of women. The health system includes activity to prevent, identify and treat family and sexual violence, which women experience at disproportionately higher rates than men. The Health Promotion Agency undertakes health promotion activities that seek to address risk and protective factors for violence, including information and campaigns around alcohol (a risk factor) and improving mental well-being (a protective factor). Women 16 years and over are universally screened for family violence in the following DHB community and hospital services: mental health, alcohol and other drug, paediatrics, maternity, sexual health and emergency departments. Children under 16 years are screened in child health...more
June 25, 2018, 9 p.m.
Countries: Luxembourg
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"The government funded organizations that provided shelter, counseling, psychosocial assistance and hotlines. Three specialized hotlines were available to assist men, women, and children who were victims of domestic abuse. The government provided financial assistance to domestic violence victims during the year" (7).
June 25, 2018, 8:57 p.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"NGOs such as Terre des Femmes, Vivre Sans Violence, and the umbrella organization for women’s shelters noted that violence against women remained a serious problem" (14). "Specialized government agencies, numerous NGOs, and nearly a dozen private or government-sponsored hotlines provided help, counseling, and legal assistance to victims of domestic violence. Official women’s shelters had average occupancy rates between 70 and 90 percent, and many shelters reached 100 percent of capacity, particularly in the northwest of the country. Demand for shelter space regularly exceeded capacity, with some victims turned away and housed in alternative accommodations, such as in hotels or specialized institutions. The Ministry of Interior’s Federal Office for Gender Equality...more
June 25, 2018, 8:56 p.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"The government operated 63 justice centers and 53 Thuthuzela Care Centers (TCCs) that provided legal assistance to victims of gender-based violence to expedite legal processes, reduce caseloads, and alleviate overcrowding in prisons, but serious delays continued" (14-15).
June 25, 2018, 10:56 a.m.
Countries: Turkmenistan

"The subject of violence against women is no longer a taboo subject, as it was before, which is, in the context of Turkmenistan, a significant achievement, given that gender-based violence, particularly domestic violence, was considered to be exclusively a subject belonging to private family life" (16).
June 21, 2018, 3:52 p.m.
Countries: Thailand
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"The Committee remains concerned about the persistence of multiple barriers impeding women and girls from obtaining access to justice and effective remedies for violations of their rights, in particular for rural women, indigenous women, women belonging to ethnic and religious minority groups, and women with disabilities. Such barriers include: (a) Social and cultural stigma, which deter women and girls from registering their complaints, in particular with regard to sexual and gender-based violence; (b) Limited legal literacy and access to information on remedies that are available; (c) Lack of gender sensitivity in the justice system, including negative attitudes of law enforcement officials towards women denouncing violations of their rights, leading to...more
June 14, 2018, 5:52 p.m.
Countries: Sweden
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"The law provides for protection of survivors from contact with their abusers. When necessary, authorities helped survivors protect their identities or obtain new identities and homes. According to official statistics, approximately 13,100 persons, mostly women, were in these programs as of October 2014. Both national and local governments helped fund volunteer groups that provided shelter and other assistance for abused women, and both private and public organizations ran shelters and operated hotlines" (10).
June 12, 2018, 7:20 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"Consequently, most violence against women goes unreported, with victims fearing further victimization at the hands of the police" (para 5).
June 9, 2018, 4:42 p.m.
Countries: Kenya

"[The Committee] is also concerned about underreporting by victims, owing to, among other things, law enforcement and medical staff illegally charging victims for reporting forms, especially in the case of disadvantaged groups of women and women in informal settlements, and the low prosecution rate in cases of gender-based violence against women" (6)
June 8, 2018, 1:24 p.m.
Countries: Turkey
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

" . . . violence is considerably underreported owing to stigmatization, fear of reprisals, economic dependence on the perpetrator, legal illiteracy, language barriers and/or lack of trust in the law enforcement authorities . . . 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 9).more
June 7, 2018, 5:24 p.m.
Countries: Taiwan
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"Social pressure not to disgrace their families discouraged some abused women from reporting incidents to police" (10). "The law requires all cities and counties to establish violence prevention and control centers to address domestic and sexual violence, child abuse, and elder abuse. These centers provided victims with protection, medical treatment, emergency assistance, shelter, legal counseling, education, and training on a 24-hour basis" (10).
June 6, 2018, 8:37 p.m.
Countries: Papua New Guinea
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"Widespread sexual violence was also committed by police and the unresponsiveness of authorities to complaints of sexual or intimate-partner violence deterred reporting of such crimes...Since most communities viewed intimate-partner violence as a private matter, few survivors reported the crime or pressed charges, and prosecutions were rare" (15). "The NGO reported there were only three shelters for abused women in Port Moresby, all privately run, which were often at full capacity and had to refuse women interested in counseling and shelter. The situation was worse outside the capital, where small community organizations or individuals with little access to funds and counseling resources maintained the shelters" (15).
June 5, 2018, 6:03 p.m.
Countries: Greece

"In December the General Secretariat for Gender Equality (GSGE) reported that its hotline for female victims of violence received more than 18,000 calls from March 2011 to December 2014. The government and NGOs made medical, psychological, social, and legal support available to rape survivors. EKKA operated a hotline that provided referrals and psychological counseling for individuals in need of help. The government operated 21 shelters for victims of violence and 25 counseling and support services centers. The GSGE also oversaw 15 separate centers in each governing region" (20).
June 3, 2018, 5:28 p.m.
Countries: Russia

"According to NGOs many women did not report rape or other violence, especially when committed by spouses, due to social stigma and the lack of government support," (52).
June 1, 2018, 5:56 p.m.
Countries: France
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"The government sponsored and funded programs targeted at female victims of violence, including shelters, counseling, hotlines, free mobile phones, and a media campaign. The government also supported the work of 25 associations and NGOs dedicated to fighting domestic violence" (16).
May 31, 2018, 2:35 p.m.
Countries: Tanzania

"Help seeking: More than half of women (54%) who have experienced physical or sexual violence have sought help. While most women seek help from their families, 9% have sought help from the police" (page 367). "More than half of women (54%) who have experienced physical or sexual violence from anyone have sought help from someone. One third of women (34%) have never sought help or told anyone (Table 17.17). Trends: Among women who have ever experienced physical or sexual violence, the percentage of women who sought help has increased by almost 20% since 2010. Women who have experienced both physical and sexual violence are more likely to seek help (64%)...more
May 29, 2018, 7:52 p.m.
Countries: Solomon Islands
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"NGOs conducted awareness campaigns on family violence during the year. The Family Support Center and a church-run facility for abused women provided counseling and other support services for women. The Family Support Center did not have an in-house lawyer and depended heavily on the Public Solicitor’s Office for legal assistance for its clients" (10).
May 29, 2018, 7:51 p.m.
Countries: Laos
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"The preferred and widely used policy for resolving disputes continues to be the “Harmonious Village Policy” or “No Case Village Policy,” which discouraged villages from referring cases to the formal justice system and provided incentives to village leaders who could resolve legal disputes within Village Mediation Units. Village Mediation Units are an outgrowth of traditional village mediation. TheMinistry of Justice established them as a semiformal mechanism for resolving disputes and providing compensation in civil and criminal cases. Although Village Mediation Units officially do not accept criminal cases, these units frequently handle minor criminal matters including domestic violence cases and other sensitive cases such as family law and divorce where disputants...more
May 29, 2018, 7:49 p.m.
Countries: Ireland
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"The National Office for the Prevention of Domestic, Sexual, and Gender-Based Violence has funded NGO-led public awareness campaigns, including the “Man Up” campaign that featured high-level government figures. NGOs expressed continued concern over government funding cuts that they contended would hinder support services for victims of family violence, the lack of a comprehensive governmental program to collect data about domestic violence, and the lack of a mechanism to provide safe living quarters for migrant women experiencing domestic violence." (12).
May 15, 2018, 10:03 a.m.
Countries: Nigeria
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"The Committee notes the State party’s efforts to eliminate gender-based violence against women, including through the adoption of the Violence against Persons (Prohibition) Act in 2015; the Act is, however, applicable only in the Federal Capital Territory. The Committee notes with concern that...Shelters are inadequate and there is no information on their accessibility for women and girls, especially in remote areas" (8).
May 11, 2018, 12:35 p.m.
Countries: Belarus
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"The Committee welcomes the State party’s efforts to improve its policy framework aimed at accelerating the elimination of discrimination against women and promoting gender equality, including the adoption or establishment of the following: Crisis rooms, the number of which increased from 31 to 109 between 2011 and 2016, and which provide victims of domestic violence and trafficking with temporary shelter, among other things; The “Home without violence” campaign (2012-2015)" (pg 2). "The risk that women who are subjected to domestic violence will be deprived of their parental rights because their family may be perceived as “at social risk”, resulting in their children being institutionalized; The lack of adequately equipped crisis...more
May 9, 2018, 4:01 p.m.
Countries: Haiti

"The Committee is deeply concerned that…the limited access of women and girls to victim assistance and protection, including lack of shelters" (7). "Violence against women is underreported owing to lack of trust in the judges, prosecutors, and police officers, and that mediation and conciliation is excessively resorted to in cases of violence against women" (7).
May 5, 2018, 3:12 p.m.
Countries: Slovenia
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"The Committee, however, notes with concern...The fact that the network of shelters and crisis centres does not cover the entire territory of the State party and that free counselling and assistance are not accessible to all women who are victims of violence, such as Roma women, migrant women, women with disabilities and older women" (6).
May 4, 2018, 3:25 p.m.
Countries: Denmark, Finland, Sweden
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"‘High prevalence IPV against women and high levels of gender equality would appear contradictory, but these apparently opposite statements appear to be true in Nordic countries, producing what could be called the ‘Nordic paradox’’...The authors also address possible sources of information bias. For example, some have argued that women in Nordic countries may feel more free to talk about IPV because of their equal status. ‘Data would reflect not an actual higher prevalence but higher levels of disclosure than in less equalitarian countries,’ explained Dr. [Enrique] Gracia [one of the authors]. ‘However, the same EU Agency for Fundamental Rights survey provides data suggesting lower levels of disclosure of IPV to...more