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Latest items for DV-PRACTICE-2

April 5, 2021, 8:46 p.m.
Countries: Canada
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"She said she doesn't believe authorities took her daughter's case seriously enough, and that Nichole and her children should have been taken into hiding until their safety could be ensured" (para 11). "And for Indigenous women, the issue is further exacerbated in communities where support services or shelters for women don't exist, said Lavell-Harvard" (para 16). "'It's a story that I have heard again and again--that a restraining order is not worth the paper it's written on'" (para 18). "She added that there needs to be better ways to protect women. One possible way to do that could be to require those accused of perpetrating violence to wear an ankle...more
March 31, 2021, 3:48 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"In the early days of the virus, female health workers who took part in door-to-door mass awareness campaigns about Covid-19 faced hostility and violence. 'As domestic violence increased during the pandemic, the lady health workers were the only form of care available to survivors of domestic violence,' said Syed. 'They're the backbone of the public health system of the country'" (para 15).
March 13, 2021, 4:47 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"The Committee notes with concern the lack of adequate support and services for victims, including shelters, which is compounded by the funding crisis facing NGOs working in the area of violence against women and the forced closures of a number of such organizations" (9).
Feb. 27, 2021, 10:55 a.m.
Countries: Ukraine
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"According to the Commissioner for Human Rights the low legal awareness of the population, inability to 'identify' a display of gender based discrimination or case of domestic violence, as well as fixed traditional gender stereotypes in the mass consciousness regarding the place and role of a woman and a man in family and society represent a reason of low frequency of appeals regarding this issue" (12). "More than half of women who suffered from domestic violence (60 per cent) prior to their installation in the crisis centres had submitted claims of domestic violence to state institutions: 52 per cent to the police, 44 per cent to the centres of social...more
Feb. 13, 2021, 9:11 p.m.
Countries: Turkey
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1, MURDER-DATA-1, MURDER-DATA-2, DV-PRACTICE-1, DV-PRACTICE-2, DV-LAW-2

“Opuz v. Turkey (9 June 2009): The applicant and her mother were assaulted and threatened over many years by the applicant’s husband H.O., at various points leaving both women with life-threatening injuries. With only one exception, no prosecution was brought against him on the grounds that both women had withdrawn their complaints, despite their explanations that H.O. had harassed them into doing so, threatening to kill them. He subsequently stabbed his wife seven times and was given a fine equivalent to about 385 euros, payable in instalments. The two women filed numerous complaints, claiming their lives were in danger. H.O. was questioned and released. Finally, when the two women were...more
Feb. 10, 2021, 10:42 p.m.
Countries: Senegal
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"Six years ago, the association opened a legal drop-in centre in Dakar to better deal with such issues. 'We all work for free and we are open to everyone. But it is very clear that women's and children's rights are the ones that are most often ignored,' Camara said" (para 10).
Feb. 8, 2021, 7:43 p.m.
Countries: Tajikistan
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"A lack of services for survivors, including immediate and longer-term shelters, leave women without clear pathways to escape abuse" (para 17).
Feb. 4, 2021, 11:07 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"Another recruit told the UN: 'My own mother used to face so much violence. The marriage of my mother was a forced one. She used to be beaten by my father daily, and mentally she was abused all her life. Due to all this violence and issues, my mother is not well. She is mentally ill and doesn’t recognize her children, which is painful'" (para 13). "These women have become heroes in their own communities: They sometimes take victims of gender-based violence into their own homes, acts of valor that put their own lives and families at risk" (para 14).
Jan. 31, 2021, 3:04 p.m.
Countries: Australia
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"Providing paid domestic/family violence leave recognises that women experiencing domestic/family violence are often in a position of financial hardship and need to remain in the workforce in order to leave a violent relationship. Paid leave would enable women to maintain their income at a time when they have additional expenses such as new housing, furniture, vehicles, attending court, and professional support such as counselling and legal services" (11). "CALD women experience barriers when seeking help, such as a lack of support networks, socio-economic disadvantage, community pressure, and lack of knowledge about their rights" (23). "There are numerous barriers to obtaining access to justice, including a lack of appropriate and accessible...more
Jan. 31, 2021, 1:58 p.m.
Countries: Angola
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

“The Domestic Violence Act and its implementing regulations set out measures for the protection of victims. The Victim’s Statute guarantees a set of rights, including, where needed, access to shelters; preferential attention by the competent authorities to obtain evidence; free public or private institutional care; issuance of certificates attesting to a person’s status as a victim of domestic violence; protection of the victim and the victim’s family or persons in a family-like situation, provided the competent authorities consider that there is a serious threat of acts of revenge or strong indications that the individual’s privacy may be seriously disturbed” (pp. 9). “In accordance with the procedural rules established under the...more
Jan. 29, 2021, 5:45 p.m.
Countries: Mexico
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"The Brujas del Mar (Sea Witches), a collective that played a key role in calling for the strike, has swung into action to mitigate the increased risks to women that come with a country facing a period of lockdown. The group has established a hotline for women to access psychological help if they are experiencing domestic violence. They are often approached by women in their home state of Veracruz, and from elsewhere in the country, for assistance to find refuge or to report abusers, and they are putting together a network to provide accessible legal advice" (para 6). "In the first month of coronavirus quarantine starting in March, the national...more
Jan. 26, 2021, 3:44 p.m.
Countries: France
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

“At home, however, [Morgane Seliman] experienced the sort of terror that is familiar in a country that has traditionally turned a blind eye to domestic violence - at least until this week, when President Macron decided at long last to tackle it” (para 4). “It took her four years to summon the courage to go to the nearest police station. She told officers that she was in danger. They advised her to change the locks. ‘They just thought we'd had an argument,’ said Ms Seliman, now 36, who has written a book entitled Il M'a VolE Ma Vie (He Stole My Life)” (para 6). “Many of the 219,000 French women...more
Jan. 26, 2021, 2:55 p.m.
Countries: Equatorial Guinea
Variables: LRW-LAW-1, LRW-LAW-2, LRCM-LAW-2, DV-PRACTICE-2

“Rape is illegal and punishable by 12 to 20 years of imprisonment, but the law does not address spousal rape. Furthermore, in most cases, authorities fail to prosecute the guilty party. According to the U.S. Department of State, police and the judicial system in Equatorial Guinea are more likely to treat domestic violence as a private matter to be resolved in the home” (para 6).
Jan. 26, 2021, 12:46 p.m.
Countries: Australia
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

“The survey [conducted by Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety of 17,500 Australians aged 16 and over] found 21% of men and women believed that ‘sometimes a woman can make a man so angry he hits her when he didn't mean to’ and one in three thinks ‘rape results from men not being able to control their need for sex’” (para 5). “She is also concerned about the discrepancy between many Australians’ knowledge and reality as there have been many high profile cases of sexual and domestic violence over the past two years” (para 11). In a table entitled, “What are the attitudes to violence against women in Australia?”...more
Jan. 8, 2021, 1:51 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

“I went to the Taliban,” Zarghona said. “I asked them: ‘Is this the Islam we are following? My daughter’s nose chopped off? But you are doing nothing about it. I want justice. They got really angry, and now they are searching for the boy,” she said. “I hope they find him before the police do’” (para. 10-11)
Jan. 1, 2021, 3:52 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2, DV-PRACTICE-2

"In the aftermath of Irma and Maria, storms fueled by the climate crisis, many victims of intimate partner violence were left without support during a period of extreme stress. Emergency help lines were down, three of the island’s eight domestic violence shelters closed, and people were stranded without cellphone service or vehicles. Even when women were able to reach the police, in some cases officers refused to take reports; abuse survivors were reportedly told that they were busy attending to the emergency at hand" (para 21).
Jan. 1, 2021, 3:52 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2, DV-PRACTICE-2

"In the aftermath of Irma and Maria, storms fueled by the climate crisis, many victims of intimate partner violence were left without support during a period of extreme stress. Emergency help lines were down, three of the island’s eight domestic violence shelters closed, and people were stranded without cellphone service or vehicles. Even when women were able to reach the police, in some cases officers refused to take reports; abuse survivors were reportedly told that they were busy attending to the emergency at hand" (para 21).
Dec. 31, 2020, 1:39 p.m.
Countries: Mexico
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"'They said there was going to be domestic violence, and there wasn’t,' he said at a recent news conference, contradicting his own government’s statistics. 'He is the first president to outright deny that the violence is happening,' said Wendy Figueroa, the head of the National Network of Shelters, a group that oversees domestic violence shelters across the country. This week, his administration was widely ridiculed after previewing a publicity campaign that urged would-be abusers to 'not lose patience' and 'breathe and count to 10'— messages that critics said had no chance of persuading men not to attack their wives or children. One of the government videos depicted angry family members...more
Dec. 23, 2020, 2:28 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2, DV-PRACTICE-2

"Even though it’s so common — more than half of all adults in my generation of Indians have experienced some form of child sexual abuse — few survivors discuss their experiences, because of the Indian family’s insistence on silence. That silence transferred the shame of the abuser’s act onto the child and onto the family; it is powerful and crippling, and it actively enables abuse. The silence around marital rape is strengthened when the Indian social and legal system refuses even to acknowledge that it exists; for an abuser, and for a rapist, these silences are enabling" (para 28).
Dec. 21, 2020, 10:12 p.m.
Countries: Rwanda
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2, DV-DATA-1

"In Rwanda, a key sociocultural factor that plays a role in inhibiting women’s reporting of IPV or likelihood to leave a violent relationship is that women have a wide-reaching acceptance of violence against women (Rani, Bonu, & Diop-Sidibe,2004 ). In a recent national survey, relatively high proportions of women in Rwanda agreed that wife beatingis acceptable in particular situations, for example, if she burns the food (19%), neglects the children (44%), goes out without telling him (36%), or refuses to have sexual intercourse with him (37%; National Institute of Statistics Rwanda, 2012). Rwanda can therefore be understood as a constrained social context where IPV is a socially accepted part of...more
Dec. 21, 2020, 9:47 p.m.
Countries: Nicaragua
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2, DV-LAW-1, DV-DATA-1

"Domestic violence is widespread in Nicaragua. According to police figures, 34.5 percent of all crimes reported last year involved domestic violence. Women can endure physical and psychological abuse for years behind closed doors before filing a case against their aggressors, which women often only do as a last resort when they believe their lives are in danger. 'Women do not turn to the state because they want to do more talking. They turn to the state when they want protection. They don’t do that unless they are really desperate,' Major said. Last month, lawmakers in Nicaragua voted by a huge majority to allow mediation in some cases involving violence against...more
Dec. 21, 2020, 7:40 p.m.
Countries: Thailand
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1, DV-PRACTICE-2, DMW-PRACTICE-1

"Patriarchy in Thailand has a long history. The Three Sealed Laws allowed men to absolutely control and own their wives and daughters, even to sell them. Women were regarded as property. The old saying, 'Woman is a buffalo while Man is a human' reflects this attitude which still persists today. Thai Tradition believes that a woman should stay and work at home, while a man should work outside. Domestic violence is an affair that falls into the private sphere. If an abused wife tells the public or reports to the police station, the community will mark her as a bad and unfaithful wife."
Dec. 17, 2020, 5:59 p.m.
Countries: Tanzania
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1, DV-PRACTICE-2, DV-LAW-1

"Domestic violence and sexual violence are highly prevalent in Tanzania. Customs and traditional practices condone the harassment and abuse of women and a culture of impunity prevails. Cases of violence are underreported and those that are reported are often settled out of court. Existing laws do not adequately protect women from violence. The Penal Code does not contain a specific provision on domestic violence and does not criminalise marital rape. In 2001, the Tanzanian government adopted a National Plan of Action to Combat Violence Against Women and Children (2001 – 2015), but the effective implementation of this plan has been hindered by inadequate funding and the lack of a comprehensive...more
Dec. 17, 2020, 5:27 p.m.
Countries: Tajikistan
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2, DV-DATA-1

"In a country like Tajikistan, where customs and traditions are extremely important, battered women do not speak out and prefer to conceal the truth fearing criticism from neighbors and family. In the meantime, human rights experts say that for around 90% of Tajik families domestic violence is an issue" (1).
Dec. 17, 2020, 5:11 p.m.
Countries: Taiwan
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2, DV-LAW-1

"With the passing of the Domestic Violence Prevention Act, the government and the people began to promote the notion that 'domestic violence is not only a family matter but a criminal behavior.' Domestic violence has moved from the private sphere to the public sphere where it has always belonged. The new notion not only breaks from traditional societal values but also clashes with the patriarchal attitudes of some law enforcement officials, allowing abused women and children to hold the hope of escaping from violence. Moreover, local women’s groups not only dedicate themselves to direct services and indirect promotional work, they also collaborate to speak for abused women and children, while...more
Dec. 10, 2020, 3:09 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

“While the passing of the Bill in the Commons (it will now go to a reading in the House of Lords) has been broadly welcomed, campaigners have criticised the Bill for omissions, including protection for migrant women. They say it will lead to the continuation of a situation which discourages migrant women from leaving or reporting abusers” (para 7). “Gisela Valle, director of the Latin American Women's Rights Service, told the BBC that the Bill had no provision for ‘safe reporting mechanisms’, meaning migrant women who reported abuse to police could be questioned about their immigration status and even detained” (para 8). “And it makes it a statutory requirement for...more
Dec. 3, 2020, 3:47 p.m.
Countries: Vanuatu
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

“Family Protection Act, in 2008, criminaliz[es]…domestic violence and provid[es]…for protection orders specific to family violence” (2).
Dec. 1, 2020, 11:31 p.m.
Countries: Sri Lanka
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"One old proverb, particularly popular with politicians of the Rajapakse Regime (2005- 2015), is gedara sandu batha idenka vitharai, which translates as ‘violence in the home is only until the rice is cooked’, and which constructs domestic violence as a momentary disruption in an otherwise calm and peaceful household" (para 7).
Dec. 1, 2020, 11:18 p.m.
Countries: Sri Lanka
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"A Sinhala [proverb] suggests that ‘there are three things you can beat: the dog, the drum and the woman’" (para 12).
Dec. 1, 2020, 10:51 p.m.
Countries: Spain
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"44 percent of female victims believe that the abuse they suffer at the hands of their partner is not sufficiently serious enough to warrant a police complaint, according to Isabel Lozano, the councilor for equality at in Valencia, a city where 1,294 women are living under protection orders. Meanwhile some 21 percent of victims don’t make a police complaint because they 'feel ashamed'" (para 5-6).