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Latest items for DV-PRACTICE-2

Feb. 22, 2019, 8:57 a.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. The NGO Keik Okara maintained a shelter for victims of domestic violence, supported by the OSCE. Keik Okara continued to operate a domestic violence hotline and provided free legal consultations and psychological assistance to victims of domestic violence. The NGO also organized awareness-raising seminars on domestic violence. One official women’s group in Ashgabat and several informal groups in other regions assisted victims of domestic violence" (18).
Feb. 17, 2019, 3:48 p.m.
Countries: Guatemala
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"Article 16 of the Law on Femicide and Other Forms of Violence against Women (Legislative Decree No. 22-2008) stipulates that it is the responsibility of the State to allocate resources for setting up and operating comprehensive support centres for women survivors of violence (CAIMUS) and that CONAPREVI is the body authorized to promote their establishment and to be responsible for assisting, advising and supervising specialized women’s organizations in their administration of the centres. There are currently in operation five support centres, situated in the departments of Guatemala, Quetzaltenango, Escuintla, Suchitepéquez and Baja Verapaz. They were initiated by women’s organizations prior to the entry into force of the Law on Femicide...more
Feb. 15, 2019, 11:45 a.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"IKWRO is a registered London-based, national charity (1104550) founded in 2002, run by and representing women and girls from Middle Eastern, North African and Afghan communities at risk of “honour” based violence, forced marriage, child marriage, FGM, spouse abandonment and domestic violence." (para. 1). "‘Sharia courts’ use the power of women’s faith to gain psychological hold over them through guilt. This guilt is used to make any woman who challenges the orders of the religious arbitrators feel as if they are the perpetrator and are responsible for destroying the families’ reputation." (para. 10).
Feb. 14, 2019, 11:11 p.m.
Countries: Mauritius
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"The law provides for protection and housing rights for victims, as well as counseling for the abuser. There are few shelters available to house victims. . .The local NGO SOS Femmes reported women often remained in abusive situations for fear of losing financial support and, as a result, few filed complaints against their abusers. The Ministry of Gender Equality, Child Development, and Family Welfare maintained an abuse hotline and a website on legal protections for victims" (para 55). "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...more
Feb. 14, 2019, 10:48 p.m.
Countries: Belarus
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"The government instituted a 2017-21 comprehensive national plan to improve childcare and the protection of children’s rights, including for victims of child abuse, domestic violence, and commercial sexual exploitation, and acknowledged a lack of funding and inefficiency in executing certain protective measures. With assistance from NGOs that promote children’s rights, authorities extensively employed procedures for on-the-record, one-time interviewing of child abuse victims in the framework of investigations or criminal cases at specialized facilities under the direct supervision of psychologists. Courts used recorded testimony to avoid repeatedly summoning child abuse victims for hearings. Cases that affected the rights and legitimate interests of minors were generally heard by more experienced judges with...more
Feb. 12, 2019, 8:23 p.m.
Countries: Mexico
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"The Comprehensive System for Supporting Victims of Crime is aimed at providing specialized multidisciplinary assistance to the victims of crime, abuse of power and violence; to claim compensation for the harm suffered; and to empower and lend resilience to the victim as well as to prevent re-victimization. Through the Victim Care Centre, seven support modules and six mobile units working in coordination with the district municipal authorities offer the following services: (a)Legal guidance to victims throughout the court proceedings in the case of sexual offences and family violence, including supporting the victim in handling legal procedures; (b)Twelve self-help and restorative justice groups have been set up and are functioning; (c)Provision...more
Feb. 8, 2019, 4:42 p.m.
Countries: Mali
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"Domestic violence against women, including spousal abuse, was prevalent. Most cases went unreported . . . Many women were reluctant to file complaints against their husbands because they feared husbands would interpret such allegations as grounds for divorce, were unable to support themselves financially, sought to avoid social stigma, or feared retaliation or further ostracism. . . . Many NGOs operating shelters for abused female domestic laborers faced difficulties due to the absence of support from their usual foreign partners" (page 20).
Feb. 7, 2019, 3:47 p.m.
Countries: Lebanon
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1, DV-PRACTICE-2

"A 2010 UN Population Fund assessment estimated there were high rates of domestic violence in the country. Despite a law that sets a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison for battery, some religious courts may legally require a battered wife to return to her home despite physical abuse. Foreign domestic workers, usually women, often were mistreated, abused, and in some cases raped or placed in slavery-like conditions (see section 7.c.). Some police, especially in rural areas, treated domestic violence as a social, rather than criminal, matter. The government provided legal assistance to domestic violence victims who could not afford it, and police response to complaints submitted by battered or...more
Feb. 6, 2019, 2:48 p.m.
Countries: Liberia
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1, DV-PRACTICE-2, DV-LAW-1, DV-LAW-2

"Although outlawed, domestic violence remained a widespread problem. The maximum penalty for domestic violence is six months’ imprisonment, but the government did not enforce the law effectively and generally treated cases, if reported, as either simple or aggravated assault. During the year the Ministry of Gender, Children, and Social Protection (MOGCSP) organized workshops and seminars to combat domestic violence. Media made some efforts to publicize the problem, and several NGOs continued programs to treat abused women and girls and to increase public awareness of their rights. LNP officers received training on sexual offenses as part of their initial training" (Pg 15-16).
Feb. 4, 2019, 3:44 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"Scottish Government has provided funding… to support the Scottish Women’s Rights Centre, which offers free legal information and advice to women who have experienced gender-based violence, including a national helpline" (33). "A 24-hour Domestic and Sexual Violence Helpline is in operation" (37). "There are currently 477 refuge spaces in Scotland for women and their children affected by domestic abuse" (38).
Feb. 3, 2019, 9:09 p.m.
Countries: Costa Rica
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 of the following: (c) Third plan of action of the national policy on gender equality and equity, covering the period 2015-2018, providing for specific measures to prevent teenage pregnancy and introducing scholarships for victims of gender-based discrimination" (2). "The lack of a comprehensive system to generate disaggregated data on gender-based violence against women and of information about the participation of women’s organizations, including those of women with disabilities, in the national machinery for the advancement of women, especially at...more
Feb. 1, 2019, 4:30 p.m.
Countries: Paraguay
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"Despite increased reports of domestic violence, individuals often withdrew complaints soon after filing due to spousal reconciliation or family pressure" (page 21). "The Ministry of Women’s Affairs took action to combat domestic violence, including promoting the national 24-hour telephone hotline for victims. The ministry offers domestic violence victims information, counseling, and psychological and legal support. The Ministry of Women’s Affairs operated a shelter for female victims of trafficking or domestic violence in Asuncion. The ministry also coordinated victim assistance efforts, public outreach campaigns, and training with the National Police and health-care units. The ministry, the Attorney General’s Office, and women’s NGOs provided health and psychological assistance, including shelter, to victims....more
Feb. 1, 2019, 2:36 p.m.
Countries: Ethiopia
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"Overall, only 23% of women age 15-49 who have ever experienced any type of physical or sexual violence by anyone have sought help. Notably, 66% have never sought help nor told anyone about the violence. Women who have experienced both physical and sexual violence are more likely to have sought help (27%) than women who have experienced only sexual violence (7%) or only physical violence (23%) (Table 15.17). Among women who have experienced physical or sexual violence and sought help, the most common source for help was neighbours (34%). Other common sources were the woman’s own family (31%), and her husband’s/partner’s family (14%). Only 8% of women seek help from...more
Jan. 29, 2019, 2:53 p.m.
Countries: Kuwait
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"The elevated burden of proof on victims of domestic violence to establish an offence and seek a remedy; the limited legal capacity and weight attributed to women’s testimony in judicial proceedings; the mandatory application of mediation procedures that aim at reconciliation rather than prosecution of perpetrators in domestic violence cases; and the provision of legal representation only to the person accused but not to the victim of gender-based violence" (pg. 7). "The lack of appropriate services and assistance that are easily accessible to women and girls who are victims of gender-based violence, including fully equipped and staffed shelters and round-the-clock hotlines for reporting cases" (pg. 7). "Gender bias on the...more
Jan. 28, 2019, 7:32 p.m.
Countries: Honduras
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"The Committee further notes with concern the lack of an effective witness protection programme and that the comprehensive victim care model is available only as a pilot programme. It also notes with regret women’s lack of awareness of their rights under the Convention and their limited capacity to claim such rights, including limited access to free legal aid and to effective remedies" (3). "The Committee, recalling its previous recommendation (CEDAW/C/HON/CO/6, para 13) and its general recommendation No. 33 (2015) on women's access to justice, recommends that the State party: a) Strengthen the judicial system, including through additional financial, technical and specialized human resources, with a view to handling cases in...more
Jan. 28, 2019, 7:22 a.m.
Countries: Sri Lanka
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"UNFPA is working with government officials, media and other key stakeholders to raise awareness of these matters, and to spread word about a hotline women can call to report abuses" (para 17).
Jan. 10, 2019, 6:41 p.m.
Countries: Turkey
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"But before Kaya could begin to enjoy her success, someone fired a bullet through her window, hitting her in the head. She remains in intensive care. Police arrested her boyfriend. It turns out four months earlier, Kaya had filed a complaint with the police, accusing him of threatening and intimidating behavior" (para 4)."Akkoc has long struggled against what she calls a habit of treating violence within the family as a family matter. Her foundation runs programs where women can learn about their rights and how to protect themselves from men like Kaya's boyfriend, who was reportedly upset about her success. When asked about educating the men, she sighs" (para 8).more
Jan. 9, 2019, 11:30 a.m.
Countries: Brazil
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"Creating an app to promote the hotline was a necessity for Brazil, which ranks fourth in the world in the number of smartphones users, with 70 million handsets operational in the country in 2013. Additionally, more than 100 million Brazilians, around half the total population of about 200 million, use the Internet" (para 4) Hotline for all forms of violence against women, including domestic violence (AMG-CODER COMMENT).
Jan. 7, 2019, 12:15 p.m.
Countries: Armenia
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"With rare exceptions, police bring charges against an abuser only when it’s too late — that is, when the victim has been murdered or crippled" (para 8). "If a man who batters a woman is not her partner, however, if he’s an acquaintance or stranger, say, police are likely to bring an assault case against him even if the injuries are mild. If the attacker is a partner, though, police consider the assault a family matter, and lean on the partners to work things out" (para 10-11). "It’s hard for police to get their heads around the idea of domestic abuse when Armenian society has long had the axiom that:...more
Jan. 2, 2019, 6:35 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"As someone who has survived years of domestic violence, all I can think about right now is that the women of today are not like those of the past. We will not stay at our husbands’ homes and tolerate violence anymore. Women are not weak. We will not spend any more time worrying about what people will say when we leave our abusive marriages" (para 20).
Jan. 2, 2019, 2:04 p.m.
Countries: Tunisia
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"There were no government public education programs on domestic violence, including rape. Victims received services at two dozen social centers throughout the country. There is a growing demand for services, but social stigma keeps many women from utilizing existing resources" (page 17).
Dec. 21, 2018, 4:39 p.m.
Countries: Tunisia
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"There were no government public education programs on domestic violence, including rape. Victims received services at two dozen social centers throughout the country" (page 22).
Dec. 21, 2018, 3:53 p.m.
Countries: Chile
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"The program of president Michelle Bachelet contemplates the opening of 25 shelter homes during her government. Since 2014 to the present date, 20 homes hace been opened throughot the country. For 2017, it is proyected the opening of the missing 5 houses" (19). According to the table shown, 4 houses were opened in 2014, 8 houses in 2015, 8 houses in 2016 and the missing 5 houses will be opened in 2017 (CCS-CODER COMMENT). Table 6 shows the places available for each shelter house in 2015. There were a total of 320 places for women and 620 for children (20).
Dec. 6, 2018, 12:25 p.m.
Countries: Trinidad/Tobago
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2, DV-LAW-2

"The Committee notes the establishment of a central registry on domestic violence, which was launched in April 2016, but is concerned at: . . . (b) The inadequate number of shelters, notwithstanding continuing efforts to open additional shelters" (page 7).
Nov. 30, 2018, 9:44 a.m.
Countries: Cape Verde
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"The National Police accompanied victims of sexualand gender based violence to the hospital and escorted them to their homes to collect their belongings. Police officers helped victims go to a location where they believed they would be safe (often a family member; there was no official shelter on Fogo). Very often, however, victims returned to their abusers due to economic and social pressures" (10).
Nov. 28, 2018, 12:59 p.m.
Countries: Mexico
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"Victims of domestic violence in rural and indigenous communities often did not report abuses due to fear of spousal reprisal, stigma, and societal beliefs that abuse did not merit a complaint" (para 19).
Nov. 28, 2018, 12:58 p.m.
Countries: Mexico
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"Victims of domestic violence in rural and indigenous communities often did not report abuses due to fear of spousal reprisal, stigma, and societal beliefs that abuse did not merit a complaint" (para 19).
Nov. 26, 2018, 4:14 p.m.
Countries: Turkey
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"Societal acceptance of domestic abuse in some cases contributed to its underreporting" (page 54). "The law provides for the establishment of prevention-of-violence and monitoring centers to offer economic, psychological, legal, and social assistance. As of December 2015, Ministry of Family and Social Policies (MOFSP) reported there were 135 women’s shelters run by the government (100) or civil society (four) and local administrations (31) and 40 in-take centers (SONIMs) operated by the ministry. The shelters had a capacity of at least 3,375. The MOFSP reported that municipality shelters in the first four months of the year served 804 women and 494 children. Purple Roof alleged that the SONIMs and shelters were...more
Nov. 17, 2018, 1:01 p.m.
Countries: Russia
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"'It is very difficult to explain in Russia that domestic violence is not a family conflict, it is violence,' said Marina Pisklakova-Parker, the founder of the National Center for the Prevention of Violence, also known by its Russian acronym, ANNA. 'Our main problem is the lack of a system of response.' Some liberal church figures have helped open shelters, but the numbers are limited. There are no legal instruments like restraining orders for women to seek protection from law enforcement agencies, and little immediate chance of creating them. Opponents say that such legalities would undermine the husband’s role and hence 'traditional families.' Any such law, they argue, is an attempt...more
Nov. 16, 2018, 12:39 p.m.
Countries: Bhutan
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"Three police stations housed women and child protection units to address crimes involving women and children, and eight police stations housed desks with officers specifically devoted to women and children’s issues. The government passed rules and regulations clarifying the Domestic Violence Act, trained police on gender issues, and allowed civil society groups to undertake further efforts, including operation of a crisis and rehabilitation center" (13).