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Latest items for DV-PRACTICE-2

June 14, 2019, 4:05 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"During the year Chhattisgarh became the first state to establish one-stop crisis centers for women in distress, called 'Sakhi centers,' in all its 27 districts, supported with federal funds from the Ministry of Women and Child Development. These centers provide medical, legal, counseling, and shelter services for women facing various types of violence, but primarily domestic violence related to dowry disputes and sexual violence" (38).
June 12, 2019, 1:03 p.m.
Countries: Niger
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1, DV-PRACTICE-2, DV-LAW-1, DV-LAW-2

"While the law does not explicitly prohibit domestic violence, a woman may sue her husband or lodge criminal charges for battery, penalties for which range from two months in prison and a fine of 10,000 CFA francs ($17) to 30 years’ imprisonment. The government tried with limited success to enforce these laws, and courts prosecuted cases of domestic violence when they received complaints. Charges stemming from family disputes often were dropped in favor of traditional dispute resolution mechanisms. While women have the right to seek redress for violence in the customary or formal courts, few did so due to ignorance of redress offered by the legal system and fear of...more
June 11, 2019, 12:13 p.m.
Countries: China
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"Societal sentiment that domestic violence was a personal, private matter contributed to underreporting and inaction by authorities when women faced violence at home. One government study of divorce records publicized during the year indicated that only 9.5 percent of victims made police reports" (53). "The government supported shelters for victims of domestic violence, and some courts provided protections to victims, including through court protective orders prohibiting a perpetrator of domestic violence from coming near a victim. Nonetheless, official assistance did not always reach victims, and public security forces often ignored domestic violence. Legal aid institutions working to provide counseling and defense to victims of domestic violence were often pressured to...more
June 11, 2019, 11:54 a.m.
Countries: Namibia
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1, DV-PRACTICE-2, DV-LAW-1, DV-LAW-2

"The law prohibits domestic violence, but the problem was widespread. Penalties for conviction of domestic violence, including physical abuse, sexual abuse, economic abuse, intimidation, harassment, and serious emotional, verbal, or psychological abuse, range from a fine of N$300 ($21) for simple offenses to 10 years’ imprisonment and a fine for assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm. No official information was available on enforcement of the antidomestic violence law except as it involved rape. The law provides for the issuance of protection orders in cases of domestic violence and specifies that certain crimes of violence-- including murder, rape, and assault--be handled differently if the crimes take place within a...more
June 11, 2019, 10:04 a.m.
Countries: Bahamas
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"The Bahamas Crisis Center (BCC) provided a counselor referral service and operated a toll-free hotline. The authorities in partnership with a private organization, operated a safe house" (12).
June 11, 2019, 9:13 a.m.
Countries: Montenegro
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1, DV-PRACTICE-2, NGOFW-PRACTICE-1, NGOFW-DATA-1

"Domestic violence was a persistent and common problem. In a September statement, the resident representative of the UN Development Program voiced concern that every third woman in the country was a victim of physical or some other form of family abuse at some point in her life. According to the Center for Women’s Rights, abused women or victims of rape often did not report the crime due to fear of reprisal, economic dependency, lack of information, physical and social subjugation, lack of measures to prevent reoccurrence, or social stigma. In many cases victims declined to press charges even when evidence of an attack or rape was clear. According to NGO...more
June 10, 2019, 6:50 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"Just 37 per cent of women in the UK, South Africa and India report the violence they’ve experienced at the hands of men, according to polling by ActionAid and YouGov published on Thursday. But of those women, fewer than half described the reporting process as positive. Nearly 60 per cent of these women said the experience was traumatic, and roughly half felt they were not listened to or were blamed for what happened. Almost 70 per cent of women in the three countries said the perpetrator 'got away with it'" (para 2-4). The graph presented shows the Percent of women who reported male violence to police agreeing the experience was...more
June 10, 2019, 6:50 p.m.
Countries: India, South Africa
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"Just 37 per cent of women in the UK, South Africa and India report the violence they’ve experienced at the hands of men, according to polling by ActionAid and YouGov published on Thursday. But of those women, fewer than half described the reporting process as positive. Nearly 60 per cent of these women said the experience was traumatic, and roughly half felt they were not listened to or were blamed for what happened. Almost 70 per cent of women in the three countries said the perpetrator 'got away with it'" (para 2-4). The graph presented shows the Percent of women who reported male violence to police agreeing the experience was...more
June 10, 2019, 6:50 p.m.
Countries: Ghana
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"Irene Aborchie-Nyahe, a human rights lawyer based in the country's capital, said that despite strong laws the women are not supported when they report violence. 'Even though our law says the victim is not supposed to be identified, from the moment you speak out, people start pointing fingers; saying you’re a bad girl, you’re a dirty girl', she said. 'Because of the structures of our society, the women who need our help aren’t supported. So when your husband hits you, who’s going to support you? The structure makes women vulnerable'" (para 13-14).
June 10, 2019, 8:03 a.m.
Countries: East Timor
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"Police, prosecutors, and judges routinely ignored many parts of the law that protect victims. NGOs noted that fines were paid to the court and often came from shared family resources, further hurting the victim" (p. 13).
June 8, 2019, 1:59 p.m.
Countries: Jordan
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"The Family Protection Department continued to operate a domestic violence hotline and received inquiries and complaints via the internet and email. According to the Ministry of Social Development, the government maintained a second shelter for female victims of domestic violence in Irbid" (30).
June 7, 2019, 2:07 p.m.
Countries: Cape Verde
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"The National Police website has slogans to promote reporting of domestic violence through the police emergency number (132), as do the websites of public administration (Porton di Nos Ilha) (what is GBV, who can report it, where to report and how to report)" (10). "The Police emergency line (132) is now the main line used for GBV information and reporting, available 24 hours a day and free of charge for both landline and cell phone calls. In 2015 trainings were conducted for 25 police officers, as well as for the Criminal Police and the Armed Forces" (11). "In the health sector, 14 trainings and awareness raising initiatives were implemented (2015–2016),...more
June 7, 2019, 11:46 a.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"'When I went to the police with my father, the police instructed me many times to withdraw the case before it went to the prosecutor. I told them that I would never accept mediation, I want my husband to receive punishment because he beat me for two years. I told the police that many relatives and village residents had tried to mediate the case a hundred times. Now, I want you to forward the case to the prosecution. The police officer told me ‘we are the police and you are a woman, not my commander’. He tried to force me to withdraw my complaint but I resisted and my father...more
June 7, 2019, 8:01 a.m.
Countries: Mauritius
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"The government assisted victims of child abuse by offering counseling at a drop-in center in Port Louis and referring victims to government-supported NGO shelters. Both medical treatment and psychological support were available at public clinics and NGO centers" (p. 12).
June 7, 2019, 8 a.m.
Countries: Mauritius
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"The law provides for protection and housing rights for victims, as well as counseling for the abuser; however, there were few shelters available to house survivors" (p. 10).
June 5, 2019, 1:02 p.m.
Countries: Georgia
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"Local NGOs and the government jointly operated a 24-hour hotline and shelters for abused women and their minor children, although space in the shelters was limited and only four of the country’s 10 regions had facilities" (33).
June 4, 2019, 6:16 p.m.
Countries: Lesotho
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2, DV-PRACTICE-1, DV-PRACTICE-2

"The government had one shelter in Maseru for abused women. The shelter offered psychosocial services but provided help only to women referred to it. The majority of victims were not aware of the shelter. There was no hotline for victims" (p. 14).
June 4, 2019, 4:55 p.m.
Countries: Austria
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"Austria already reported on this specific recommendation in the follow-up report of March 2015. In addition to that, the inter-ministerial Working Group on the Protection of Women against Violence has been institutionalised and expanded. It involves representatives from all federal provinces and ten leading civil society institutions. Furthermore, two sub-working groups were formed to deal with perpetrator work for victim protection and specific occupational training, especially in the health care sector. A subsidised project to elaborate standards for health care curricula was launched as well" (15). "A campaign about a life free of violence was carried out in 2014/2015 which included the following initiatives: (a) posters, flyers, videos and radio...more
June 3, 2019, 7:47 p.m.
Countries: Turkmenistan
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"Anecdotal reports indicated domestic violence against women was common; most victims of domestic violence kept silent because they were unaware of their rights or afraid of increased violence from husbands and relatives" (p. 23).
June 3, 2019, 11:41 a.m.
Countries: Togo
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"The government maintained a toll-free telephone service for persons to report cases of child abuse and to seek help. The service provided information on the rights of the child and legal procedures and access to social workers who could intervene in emergencies. The government worked with UNICEF to train teachers on children’s rights and included human rights education in elementary school curricula" (p. 13).
June 3, 2019, 11:41 a.m.
Countries: Togo
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2, DV-PRACTICE-2

"Police generally did not intervene in abusive situations, and many women were not aware of the formal judicial mechanisms designed to protect them" (p. 11)
June 2, 2019, 7:22 p.m.
Countries: Taiwan
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"Some abused women chose not to report incidents to police due to social pressure not to disgrace their families. The law allows prosecutors to investigate complaints of domestic violence even in cases where the victim has not filed a formal complaint." (p. 12).
June 2, 2019, 7:22 p.m.
Countries: Taiwan
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2, DV-PRACTICE-2

"Many victims did not report the crime for fear of social stigmatization, and various NGO and academic studies estimated the total number of sexual assaults was seven to 10 times the number reported to police" (p. 11).
May 30, 2019, 11:13 p.m.
Countries: Uzbekistan
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"While the law punishes physical assault, police often discouraged women in particular from making complaints against abusive partners, and officials rarely removed abusers from their homes or took them into custody. Local authorities emphasized reconciling the husband and wife, rather than addressing the abuse. There are government-run shelters for victims of domestic abuse" (26).
May 30, 2019, 1:42 p.m.
Countries: Barbados
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"Recalling its general recommendation No. 19 (1992) on violence against women and general recommendation No. 35 (2017) on gender-based violence against women, updating general recommendation No. 19, the Committee recommends that the State party: (d Provide adequate redress, assistance and protection to women who are victims of gender-based violence by establishing shelters, issuing and enforcing protection orders and enhancing cooperation with non-governmental organizations that provide assistance and rehabilitation to victims" (6).
May 29, 2019, 6:43 p.m.
Countries: Slovenia
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-1, DV-PRACTICE-2

"There were 10 crisis centers for youth, with a combined capacity to accommodate 86 children. The government allowed children to stay at these centers until they reached the age of 21, if they were still in school" (p. 13)
May 29, 2019, 6:43 p.m.
Countries: Slovenia
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2, LRCM-PRACTICE-2, DV-PRACTICE-2

"There was a network of maternity homes, safe houses, and shelters for women and children who were victims of violence. The total capacity of this network was 450 beds. The police academy offered annual training on domestic violence" (p. 12).
May 28, 2019, 9:34 p.m.
Countries: Russia
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"While noting the information provided by the delegation during the dialogue that the bill on domestic violence is currently undergoing a second reading in the parliament, the Committee is concerned that cases of violence against women are underreported, given that they are considered a private matter, and that victim protection services, such as crisis centres and shelters, are insufficient" (5).
May 28, 2019, 9:33 p.m.
Countries: Sweden
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"It is also concerned at: (…) (c)The differences between municipalities with regard to the availability and quality of assistance and protection services, including shelters, for women victims of violence, as well as discrimination in the treatment of women belonging to minority groups; (d) The risk of non-reporting of domestic violence against migrant women owing to their dependence on their partners for residence permits;" (8).
May 28, 2019, 9:31 p.m.
Countries: Czech Republic
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"The Committe is also concerned about: (…) (a) Reports that capacity-building programmes on gender-based violence, including domestic violence, for the police and for professionals working with victims of such violence do not reflect gender sensitivity; (b) The inadequate funding system for victim services; (c) The heavy dependence of such services on regional co-funding, which has a negative effect on their long-term stability and sustainability" (4-5).