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Latest items for DV-PRACTICE-2

Sept. 14, 2018, 10:13 a.m.
Countries: Maldives
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"To streamline the process of reporting abuse against women and children, there were family and children’s centers on every atoll. According to the HRCM, these centers also provided services for neglected children, support for families unable to take of their children, and women with mental illness or disabilities. The Ministry of Law and Gender reported the need to establish residential facilities at family and children’s centers on every atoll to provide emergency shelter assistance to domestic violence and other victims" (19).
Sept. 12, 2018, 9:50 p.m.
Countries: Eritrea
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"Women usually refrained from openly discussing domestic violence because of societal pressures. Authorities rarely intervened, due to societal attitudes, a lack of trained personnel, and inadequate funding" (para 105)
Sept. 10, 2018, 5:07 a.m.
Countries: Spain
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"More than 50 offices provided legal assistance to victims of domestic violence, and there were more than 454 shelters for battered women. A 24-hour toll-free national hotline advised battered women on finding shelter and other local assistance. The hotline took calls in Spanish, French, German, Arabic, Bulgarian, Chinese, Portuguese, Romanian, and Russian. Through June the hotline handled 35,714 telephone calls, approximately 3,400 more than in the same period in 2014. The website for the support and prevention of gender violence received almost 43.6 million visits by June 30" (11). "In May, according to the Ministry of the Interior, seven regions and 97 city governments agreed to collaborate in the fight...more
Sept. 6, 2018, 8:59 p.m.
Countries: Guatemala
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"Just a few days later, Nieto was taken to the hospital after drinking a poison-laced cup of coffee prepared by her husband. Even then the authorities didn’t arrest him, and instead advised Nieto to get a divorce" (para 6-7)
Sept. 5, 2018, 10:38 a.m.
Countries: Nicaragua
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"NNP commissariats provided social and legal help to women, mediated spousal conflicts, investigated and helped prosecute criminal complaints, and referred victims to other governmental and nongovernmental assistance agencies. The NNP operated women’s commissariats in the country, but they often lacked sufficient equipment and funding to discharge their responsibilities adequately. Women’s groups asserted the modest number of shelters (two governmentoperated and 11 nongovernmental) did not adequately serve the population’s needs, especially on the Caribbean Coast, where only one shelter (nongovernmental) operated in the RACN" (21).
Sept. 5, 2018, 10:25 a.m.
Countries: Australia
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"In its first major policy initiative, the new government under Prime Minister Turnbull on September 24 announced a policy package of A$100 million ($71 million) to address the threat of domestic violence, particularly against women. Federal and state governments funded programs to combat domestic violence and 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" (14).
Sept. 5, 2018, 10:23 a.m.
Countries: Costa Rica
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"Action was taken to ensure that subsidy programmes for women living in poverty prioritize those who are also affected by domestic violence...Temporary Care and Shelter Centres for Women (CEEAM) in situations of risk of death and their children, managed and financed by the State, seek alternatives to guarantee such women effective protection" (12).
Sept. 5, 2018, 10:07 a.m.
Countries: Japan
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"On January 3, revised legislation allowed victims of abuse by domestic partners, spouses, and former spouses to receive protection at shelters and seek restraining orders from court" (14-15).
Sept. 5, 2018, 10:06 a.m.
Countries: Japan
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"On January 3, revised legislation allowed victims of abuse by domestic partners, spouses, and former spouses to receive protection at shelters and seek restraining orders from court" (14-15).
Sept. 5, 2018, 10:04 a.m.
Countries: New Zealand
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"The government partially funded women’s shelters, psychosocial services, rape crisis centers, sexual abuse counseling, family-violence victim support networks, and violence prevention services" (8).
Sept. 5, 2018, 10:02 a.m.
Countries: Norway
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"The government had programs to prevent rape and domestic violence and to counsel victims. Respective action plans require each of the country’s 27 police districts to have a domestic violence coordinator to assist victims. According to the NGO Legal Aid for Women, 26 of 27 police districts had a full-time domestic violence coordinator. Public and private organizations operated 45 government-funded shelters and managed five 24-hour crisis hotlines. The Oslo Crisis Center noted consolidating shelters meant that many women were less likely or unable to seek help, since they would have to travel long distances to do so, especially in the sparsely populated districts in the north of the country. The...more
Sept. 5, 2018, 10:01 a.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).
Sept. 5, 2018, 10 a.m.
Countries: Philippines
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"The PNP and DSWD both maintained help desks to assist victims of violence against women and encourage reporting. With the assistance of NGOs, the CHR, and the Philippine Commission on Women, law enforcement officers continued to receive gender-sensitivity training to deal with victims of sexual crimes and domestic violence. The PNP maintained a central women and children’s unit with 1,833 desks throughout the country to deal with abuse cases" (25). "Several cities ran crisis centers for abused women and children" (28).
Sept. 5, 2018, 9:59 a.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).
Sept. 5, 2018, 9:59 a.m.
Countries: Tanzania
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"Cultural, family, and social pressures often prevented women from reporting abuse, including rape and domestic violence, and authorities rarely prosecuted persons who abused women. Persons close to the victims, such as relatives and friends, were most likely to be the perpetrators. Many who appeared in court were set free because of corruption in the judicial system, lack of evidence, poor investigations, and poor evidence preservation...There were some government efforts to combat violence against women. The government continued its 2001-15 National Plan of Action for the Prevention and Eradication of Violence against Women and Children. Police maintained 417 gender and children desks in regions throughout the country to support victims and...more
Sept. 5, 2018, 9:58 a.m.
Countries: Thailand
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"NGO-supported programs included emergency hotlines, temporary shelters, and counseling services to increase awareness of domestic violence, HIV/AIDS, and other matters involving women...The government’s crisis centers, located in all state-run hospitals, cared for abused women and children, although several centers faced budget constraints. Government hospitals referred abused women to private organizations when inhospital services were not available" (36). "The Ministry of Social Development and Human Security continued to develop a community-based system, operating in all regions of the country, to protect women from domestic violence. The program focused on training representatives from each community on women’s rights and abuse prevention to increase community awareness" (36).
Sept. 5, 2018, 9:58 a.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
Sept. 5, 2018, 9:57 a.m.
Countries: Thailand
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"In the afternoon I was going to get some rest, but Ms Noina called me on the phone. She is from the Wat Sake's shantytown. She was in tears: her daughter was beaten by her husband for the umpteenth time. She asked me if I could go with her to get her daughter and two grandchildren of three and a year...On the way, we talked about the latter’s problems. Her husband left her and her oldest son, in his thirties, beats her. At about 2.30 pm we arrived at the house of Noina's daughter, Leck. Her face still swollen from the beating, she took her children and ran out. The...more
Sept. 5, 2018, 9:55 a.m.
Countries: Trinidad/Tobago
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"The unit continued outreach activities to support survivors of domestic violence. Police recruits also received additional training in the handling of domestic violence cases, and the service introduced new questions relating to domestic violence legislation to basic training exams...The Domestic Violence Unit and the Rape Crisis Society, two NGOs that received funding from the government, operated a 24-hour hotline for victims of domestic violence. Hotline operators referred callers to NGO-run shelters for female survivors, a rape crisis center, counseling services, support groups, and other assistance providers" (13).
Sept. 5, 2018, 9:54 a.m.
Countries: United Arab Emirates
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"Victims of domestic abuse may file complaints with police units stationed in major public hospitals. Social workers and counselors, usually female, also maintained offices in public hospitals and police stations. Women, however, often were reluctant to file formal charges of abuse for social, cultural, and economic reasons. There were domestic abuse centers in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Ras al Khaimah, and Sharjah...The government, in coordination with social organizations, undertook efforts to increase awareness about domestic violence, conducting seminars, educational programs, symposiums, and conferences. The Dubai Foundation for Women and Children increased awareness about domestic violence by hosting workshops in schools and universities and by sponsoring radio advertisements about the services the...more
Sept. 5, 2018, 9:45 a.m.
Countries: Ukraine
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"Human rights groups noted the ability of agencies to detect and report cases of domestic violence was limited, and preventive services remained underfunded and underdeveloped. Additionally, human rights groups stated that law enforcement authorities did not consider domestic violence to be a serious crime but rather a private matter to be settled between spouses" (38). "La Strada operated a national hotline for victims of violence and sexual harassment. Through September, 683 individuals called the hotline for assistance related to domestic or sexual violence, accounting for 42 percent of all calls...The NGO reported that expanded public awareness campaigns increased the number of requests for assistance it received each year. Although the...more
Sept. 5, 2018, 9:44 a.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2, DV-PRACTICE-2

"The law also provides for injunctive relief, personal protection orders, and protective exclusion orders (similar to restraining orders) for female victims of violence...The government provided shelters, counseling, and other assistance for survivors of rape or violence in the UK and Northern Ireland. It offered free legal aid to battered women who were economically dependent on their abusers" (15).
Sept. 5, 2018, 9:44 a.m.
Countries: Vanuatu
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"...police were often reluctant to enforce domestic court orders, particularly when the orders concerned their own family or clan members. This also contributed to reluctance by women to lodge complaints with the police" (5). "The Police Academy provided training in handling domestic violence and sexual assault cases. Churches and other nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) operated facilities for abused women. NGOs also played an important role in educating the public about domestic violence, but they did not have sufficient funding to implement their programs fully" (10).
Sept. 5, 2018, 9:43 a.m.
Countries: Venezuela
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"The law also establishes women’s bureaus at local police headquarters and tribunals specializing in genderbased violence, and two-thirds of states had specialized courts. According to a Public Ministry official, 69 prosecutors were exclusively responsible for dealing with crimes against women, and an additional 27 prosecutors could process domestic violence crimes in addition to other kinds of crimes" (30). "In March the Public Ministry implemented a 24-hour hotline in Caracas capable of receiving domestic violence complaints. The government offered some shelter and services for victims of domestic and other violence, but NGOs provided the majority of domestic abuse support services" (31).
Sept. 5, 2018, 9:39 a.m.
Countries: Vietnam
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"Social stigma also prevented many victims from coming forward, due to fear of harassment from their spouses or family" (39). ""Several domestic and international NGOs worked to address domestic violence. Domestic NGOs operated hotlines for victims in major cities. The Center for Women and Development, supported by the VFF’s Women’s Union, also operated a nationwide hotline, but it was not widely advertised in rural areas. Although rural areas often lacked the financial resources to provide crisis centers and hotlines, a law establishes “reliable residences” to allow women to turn to another family while local authorities and community leaders attempt to confront the alleged abuser and resolve complaints. There were 300...more
Sept. 4, 2018, 11:28 a.m.
Countries: Zimbabwe
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"Most cases of domestic violence went unreported due to traditional sensitivities, victims’ fear of abandonment without support, police reluctance to intervene, and the expectation that perpetrators would not be tried or convicted...A local NGO, Musasa Project, which provides emergency shelter and related services for women, handled a monthly average of 1,684 cases of violence against women" (33).
Sept. 4, 2018, 10:30 a.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
Sept. 4, 2018, 10:30 a.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).
Sept. 4, 2018, 10:29 a.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).
Sept. 4, 2018, 10:28 a.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).