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Latest items for DV-PRACTICE-2

April 20, 2018, 3:05 p.m.
Countries: Fiji
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"The substantial reduction in domestic violence against women and girls can lead to economic and social prosperity in Fiji, Dr. Jiko Luveni launched a campaign called, “Zero Tolerance Violence Free Communities” (ZTVFC) in 2008. The campaign encourages women to speak against an injustice and violence against them. It promotes behavioural change and attitudes and largely involves male leaders, church leaders, youth leaders and women leaders to work with the various service providers to identify the strategies to encounter challenges. Communities take ownership of the campaign and form gatekeepers’ committee that works closely with the stakeholders to stop all forms of violence. There has been an overwhelming positive response from men ...more
April 19, 2018, 10:01 p.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
April 14, 2018, 3:43 p.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"There is underreporting of domestic violence by many migrant women whose residence permits depend on their being married to their violent husbands, and that the significantly high threshold of 'severity' and 'systematic violence' prevails as the standard of proof before the courts. Migrant women who have been recognized as victims of domestic violence have been deported only on account of their lack of financial independence" (Pg 17).
April 11, 2018, 9:04 p.m.
Countries: Albania
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"Law No. 10329 of 30 September 2010 amending Law No. 9669 on Measures against Domestic Violence to establish a coordinated network of institutions responsible for the protection, support and rehabilitation of victims" (Pg 2).
April 11, 2018, 9:23 a.m.
Countries: Burkina Faso

"Note should also be made of the following activities: 1) Legal and social counselling centres, which in 2012 referred 83 women victims of violence to the Bobo-Dioulasso court of major jurisdiction; 2) Legal assistance and support for 60 women victims of violence, under the Joint Programme to Combat Violence against Women and Girls (PC/VEFF), 2008-2010, in three pilot regions (Hauts Bassins, Sahel and Centre); 3) Creation by the Ministry for the Advancement of Women and Gender Equality of a care service and toll-free helpline for gender-based violence victims, staffed with police officers who provide victim support" (16).
April 4, 2018, 11:54 p.m.
Countries: Portugal

"The Committee welcomes the adoption of the fifth national plan to prevent and combat domestic and gender-based violence (2014-2017) and the use of electronic bracelets to prevent domestic violence. However, it is concerned about the following: (a) The prevalence of gender-based violence against women in the domestic sphere and the disproportionately low (albeit increasing) numbers of prosecutions and convictions of perpetrators, compared with the high numbers of reported cases of domestic violence; (b) The limited use of protection orders; (c) The lack of coordination between family and criminal courts in cases of domestic violence. As a result, there are limited options available for women who need immediate protection orders, which ...more
April 4, 2018, 9:59 a.m.
Countries: East Timor
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"The Committee is, however, concerned about: ...(b) The prevalence of domestic violence, including incest and sexual abuse of girls, the low reporting rate stemming from victims’ fear of stigmatization or revictimization and the general lack of awareness among women and men, including community leaders, of the criminal nature of domestic violence" (5). "The limited medical, psychological and legal assistance provided to women who are victims of violence and the lack of adequate shelters" (6). This lack of support could serve as a taboo against reporting incidences (CODER COMMENT-BCT).
April 3, 2018, 10:42 p.m.
Countries: Madagascar

"The Committee is concerned: (a) That there is no legislation specifically criminalizing violence against women, in particular child and/or forced marriage and marital rape, and that there is no comprehensive policy framework to address such violence; (b) That gender-based violence against women in the domestic sphere is not considered by courts in child custody or visitation decisions, thus forcing women to continue to face their abusers, and risking further exposing their children to violence; (c) That domestic and sexual violence appear to be socially legitimized and accompanied by a culture of silence and impunity; (d) That cases of violence against women continue to be underreported, owing to an apparent lack ...more
April 2, 2018, 8:19 a.m.
Countries: Bolivia
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"the Committee is nevertheless concerned about...the referral of cases of violence against women to conciliation procedures, the prohibition on doing so nothwithstanding" (6). "The Committee recommends that the State party...Ensure that cases of violence against women, including domestic violence, are under no circumstances referred to any alternative dispute resolution procedures" (6). "the Committee is nevertheless concerned about...(f)The lack of sufficient forensic medical personnel to examine women who are victims of violence; (g) The insufficient support for victims of violence, including legal assistance, medical treatment, psychological counselling services and shelters" (6).
March 30, 2018, 5:08 p.m.
Countries: Liberia
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"The inadequate number of shelters and the inaccessibility of existing shelters for most women and girls in most counties" (8).
March 28, 2018, 10:04 a.m.
Countries: Uzbekistan
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

" The Committee notes with concern that cases of domestic violence against women are underreported, given that it is considered a private matter, that there is limited use of protection orders and that cases are taken mainly to local bodies known as the mahalla for reconciliation. It further notes that, notwithstanding the State party’s efforts to establish a facility in 2015 for vocational training for women who are victims of violence, victim assistance and protection services are insufficient, given that there are only two shelters" (4-5).
March 21, 2018, 5:20 p.m.
Countries: Namibia

"The Committee notes the State party’s legislative and policy measures to combat violence against women, such as the enforcement of the Combating of Domestic Violence Act (No. 4 of 2003) and the adoption of the National Plan of Action on Gender-based Violence (2012-2016). The Committee is concerned, however, at the high prevalence of violence against women and girls, such as rape and murder, committed by intimate partners. The Committee is also concerned at the low rate of prosecution of perpetrators of violence against women and the frequent withdrawal of cases by women who are victims of violence. It is further concerned that, notwithstanding the State party’s efforts to establish shelters ...more
March 20, 2018, 1:29 p.m.
Countries: Gambia

"The Committee notes the adoption in 2013 of the Domestic Violence Act and the Sexual Offences Act, but is concerned that violence against women remains widespread. It is particularly concerned about: (a) The lack of criminalization of marital rape and the unclear provisions in the Domestic Violence Act relating to the definition of “aggravated” domestic violence and allowing for out-of-court settlements, which often do not take into account women’s best interests; (b) The insufficient implementation of the Domestic Violence Act and the Sexual Offences Act owing, for example, to a lack of resources and the absence of regulations, guidelines and effective reporting mechanisms; (c) The lack of support for women ...more
March 17, 2018, 1:48 p.m.
Countries: El Salvador
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"The Specialized Institutional Support Units for Women mandated under article 25 of the LEIV Act have been set up and are operating as follows: (i) The judiciary has three units for care of victims of intra-family violence and sexual abuse" (36).
March 16, 2018, 8:51 a.m.
Countries: Turkey

"The Family and Social Policies Ministry, which oversees women’s issues, counts 143 shelters with total capacity for 3,444 women and children, underserving a country with a population of 80 million people" (para 9). "lawyer Canan Arin said courts have reduced the period for restraining orders, the pact’s key introduction, to one month from six, forcing women to continuously renew them" (para 10). "Measures to reduce violence against women include training police and opening centers to provide legal and medical support to victims" (para 20).
March 15, 2018, 9:31 a.m.
Countries: Paraguay

"In addition, the law creates a standardized system to collect data on gender-based violence and provides support for survivors, including free legal assistance, skills training, and access to shelters" (para 1).
March 14, 2018, 6:54 p.m.
Countries: Senegal

"The Committee welcomes the establishment, in the framework of the justice sector programme, of justice houses, information offices and counselling centres, but remains concerned about: (a) Persisting barriers faced by women in effectively gaining access to justice, including legal illiteracy, stigmatization of victims, stigmatization of women fighting for their rights, fear of reprisals, difficulties in gaining access to justice infrastructure, difficulties in producing evidence and the limited number of female police officers, especially in rural and peri-urban areas; (b) The limited protection offered by the free legal aid system for women without sufficient means; (c) The lack of cases in which discrimination has been invoked, showing the limited efficiency of ...more
March 14, 2018, 12:08 p.m.
Countries: Swaziland
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"The Committee is also concerned at the low level of reporting of violence against women, owing to a culture of silence and impunity, and at the lack of data on the number of reported cases involving violence against women that have been investigated and prosecuted and on the nature of sanctions imposed on perpetrators. The Committee notes that, the State party’s efforts to establish a one-stop centre in the capital city and other shelters notwithstanding, shelters remain inadequate for and inaccessible to women and girls in other regions of the State party. Recalling its general recommendation No. 19 on violence against women, the Committee urges the State party: (a) To ...more
March 13, 2018, 10:57 p.m.
Countries: Norway
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"The Government is currently establishing a new web portal on domestic violence and rape for persons exposed to such violence and for the health and social services. The web portal, which will be run by NKVTS, the Norwegian Women’s Public Health Association and other voluntary organizations, is to provide easy access to information about rights and assistance. On 15 October 2015, the police launched a new campaign to prevent domestic violence. The information campaign Hvor lite skal du finne deg i? (How Little Should You Tolerate?) aims to increase knowledge of domestic violence and the assistance police can provide, so that persons subjected to such violence can seek help to ...more
March 9, 2018, 8:49 a.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"The Law on Protection from Abuse was promulgated by Royal Decree No. M/52 of 15/11/1434 A.H. (20/09/2013). It is a key part of the national framework for combating various forms of abuse that may be encountered by groups in society. The law is intended to: guarentee protection from abuse of various types; provide assistance and treatment; provide shelter and social, psychological and health care; provide for the adoption of the necessary legal measures to hold accountable and punish perpetrators of abuse; and spread awareness in society of the concept and effects of abuse" (8-9). “Royal Order No. 8382 of 28/10/1429 A.H. (28/10/2008) approving recommendations concerning women’s rights, particularly…(2) Creation of ...more
March 8, 2018, 4:27 p.m.
Countries: Morocco
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"Amina Labouni, a social worker at the Rabat-based women's center, said that on average, 40 women flock to the safe space each month, seeking legal consulting and psychological help. 'Unfortunately, most of the victims we receive end up not proceeding with legal measures against their spouses because they are the only bread providers in the household,' she said" (para 6-7). "There are fewer than 10 shelters in all of Morocco, according to Human Rights Watch, and few receive any government funding" (para 25).
March 7, 2018, 9:50 p.m.
Countries: Mexico
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"The PGR has complaint mechanisms for violence against women, such as Attention PGR (24 hours, 365 days across the country); the new PGR Management Model for the penal accusatory process and the Immediate Care Units. The CONAVIM coordinates the Follow-Up Mechanisms for Cases of Sexual Torture Committed Against Women (appendix 15), installed in 2015" (page 8). "To prevent and attend to violence, the Women's Justice Centers (CJM) were consolidated; they offer complete services: legal counsel, judicial attention and accompaniment, medical and psychological aid, economic and social empowerment, special attention to girls and boys, and direction to shelter homes, hostels and refuges. Between 2013 and 2016 the number increased from 7 ...more
March 7, 2018, 6:52 p.m.
Countries: Sri Lanka
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"The M/WA has implemented the following programmes in line with the Prevention of Domestic Violence Action Plan- 1) infrastructure support services were provided 2) health service providers and law enforcement officers were trained on the DV Act. 3) a shelter was established for victims of Gender Based Violence. The shelter was setup in 2012 and has provided services for nearly 50 women. The Ministry has also allocated funds to put up shelters in the North and East 4) 12 counselling centres in selected districts were established. Counselling services have been extended to grass roots level enabling affected women to access services effectively" (11). "Women and Children’s Police Desks have been ...more
March 5, 2018, 8:53 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).
Feb. 28, 2018, 5:36 p.m.
Countries: Kenya
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"GBV Hotline 1195 and referral mechanism — toll free line that offers response to GBV victims: This National Domestic Toll Free Short Code was allocated to Health-care Assistance Kenya by Communication Authority of Kenya and launched on 21st February 2013. The Toll free helpline 1195 enhances support for survivors of rape, defilement, FGM and physical assault" (14).
Feb. 23, 2018, 8:47 p.m.
Countries: Moldova
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"MLSPF developed and approved the regulatory framework for the social infrastructure services for the DV victims; Framework-regulation on the organization and functioning of the centers for rehabilitation of victims of domestic violence (GD no. 129 of February 22, 2010), Minimal Quality Standards in the area (GD no. 1200 of December 23, 2010). Currently there are several centers in the country, providing services for the victims of domestic violence10. Thus, the opportunities to access the protection services for the victims of domestic violence have increased. The work with perpetrators is carried out by the staff of the Police Units responsible for the preventive record of family brawlers and organization of preventive ...more
Feb. 16, 2018, 9:12 a.m.
Countries: Oman
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"The Committee welcomes the State party's efforts to improve its institutional and policy framework aimed at accelerating the elimination of discrimination against women and promoting gender equality, such as the adoption or creation of the following...Family Protection Department, in 2012, which formulates protection plans and receives complaints about gender-based violence against women" (2). "[The Committee] remains concerned, however, about...The lack of shelters and support services for women who are victims of gender-based violence, especially in rural areas, which reportedly prevents many women from leaving their violent partners" (7).
Feb. 14, 2018, 3:56 p.m.
Countries: Italy
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"The Committee remains concerned, however, about: … The limited access to civil courts for women who are victims of domestic violence who seek restraining orders" (8).
Feb. 14, 2018, 11:45 a.m.
Countries: Palestine
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"They provide a range of services, in particular for women victims of violence, including hotlines and safe houses" (7). "Lastly, in 2013, the Cabinet approved the National Referral System for Women Victims of Violence ('Takamul'). That document sets forth principles that, taken as a whole, form the basis for a kind of national contract that clarifies the rights and obligations governing the relationship between providers of medical, social and police services on the one hand, and women victims of violence on the other" (9). "As has been explained above, cases of violence against women tend to be dealt with in a manner informed by customary and societal perceptions of violence ...more
Feb. 13, 2018, 6:33 p.m.
Countries: Bolivia

"Brisa de Angulo was raped repeatedly as a teenager by an adult member of her own family. When she finally mastered the courage to seek help and report the sexual assault, she said her family tried to silence her. 'I was intimidated and blamed by the authorities, my community, and my extended family,' she recalled. 'My extended family tried to silence me in order to maintain the prestige of the family and to prevent other instances of incestuous sexual violence from coming to light,' she told Al Jazeera" (para 1-2). "'During my pursuit of justice, my house was stoned and set on fire twice. My life was threatened many times ...more