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Latest items for DV-PRACTICE-2

April 4, 2020, 8:45 a.m.
Countries: Rwanda
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"Gender-based violence against women is largely underreported because of the victims’ fear of stigma, retaliation and women’s economic dependence on the perpetrator, as well as their lack of awareness of their rights and how to claim them;" (6). "There is a lack of information on long-term shelters and relocation schemes for victims of gender-based violence, and the Isange One Stop Centres are being established at the district level only, which compels many victims to travel long distances to reach them;" (6).
April 3, 2020, 5:29 p.m.
Countries: China
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"'Training on sexual and domestic violence is not compulsory for police, which could explain some of the insensitivity shown to victims,' Chan said. China’s criminal justice system is especially ill-equipped to deal with cases involving attacks on women, Chan argues in his research, noting a Chinese 'cultural tendency to think that female victims are probably involved in an intimate partner dispute and therefore police should not intervene.'" (para 7).
April 1, 2020, 6:28 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"In 2016 the provincial government of Punjab passed the Punjab Protection of Women against Violence Act to provide greater legal protections for domestic abuse victims, including judicial protective orders and access to a new network of district-level women’s shelters, the first of which was inaugurated in Multan in March. The center provided women a range of services including assistance with the completion of first information reports (FIRs) regarding the crimes committed against them, first aid, medical examinations, post-trauma rehabilitation, free legal services, and a shelter home" (38). "Women who tried to report abuse faced serious challenges. Police and judges were sometimes reluctant to take action in domestic violence cases, viewing...more
March 29, 2020, 6:41 p.m.
Countries: Maldives
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"Forty-two percent of all women who have ever experienced physical or sexual violence have sought help" (219). "Overall, 42% of women age 15-49 who have ever experienced any type of physical or sexual violence by anyone have sought help. Notably, 36% have never sought help nor told anyone about the violence. Women who have experienced sexual violence—either only (59%) or in addition to physical violence (46%)—are more likely to have sought help than women who have experienced only physical violence (33%)" (226). "Patterns by background characteristics: 1) Help seeking by women who have ever experienced physical or sexual violence is more common among younger women than older women. 2) Women...more
March 7, 2020, 6:48 a.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"Thousands seeking refuge from abusive and violent relationships could be better protected by a new legal duty for councils to provide secure homes for them and their children" (para 2). "'Today we are ending the postcode lottery by placing on local authorities a legal duty to deliver support, including secure housing, to survivors of domestic abuse and their children'. Whoever you are, wherever you live and whatever the abuse you face, you will have access to the services you need to be safe.'" (para 4-5).
Feb. 14, 2020, 12:34 p.m.
Countries: Lebanon
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2, GP-DATA-5

"The government provided legal assistance to domestic violence victims who could not afford it, and police response to complaints submitted by battered or abused women improved" (28).
Feb. 5, 2020, 5:50 p.m.
Countries: East Timor
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"Twenty percent of women who have ever experienced physical or sexual violence sought help (Table 16.17). An additional 6% did not seek help per se, but did tell someone about the violence. Women are more likely to seek help if they experience both physical and sexual violence (38%) than if they experienced only physical violence (18%) or only sexual violence (9%) (Figure 16.4)" (pg 305). Women with higher levels of education and wealth are more likely to seek help (MM - CODER COMMENT) "Ninety-two percent of women who experienced physical violence but no sexual violence sought help from their own family. Women who experienced both physical and sexual violence were...more
Feb. 5, 2020, 8:01 a.m.
Countries: Congo
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"Among the multiple barriers that limit the efforts of support organizations and the ambitions of women capable of defending their rights are the following: (i) the reluctance of women to denounce their aggressors or to lodge a complaint (shame, fear of reprisals and dishonour to the family), (ii) the high costs of enforcement or judicial fees and (iii) the slow pace of administrative procedures and the irregularity of criminal court hearings" (9). "A broad awareness-raising campaign for women is being conducted by all national and international stakeholders to change attitudes and behaviours, with a view to combating the stigmatization of victims of violence and encouraging them not to hide their...more
Jan. 30, 2020, 1:05 p.m.
Countries: Yemen
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"Victims rarely reported domestic abuse to police and criminal proceedings in cases of domestic abuse were rare" (29).
Jan. 2, 2020, 3:52 p.m.
Countries: Russia
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"Levada also asked respondents if they agreed with those who support three young sisters who allegedly murdered their abusive father in a case that has divided Russian society. Forty-one percent of Russian respondents said they support the Khachaturyan sisters, while 29% didn’t support them. Women respondents were more likely to support them than men, with 47% of women and 33% of men saying they support the sisters" (para 7-8).
Dec. 31, 2019, 4:01 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"Pakistan is to set up more than 1,000 courts dedicated to tackling violence against women, the country's top judge announced on Wednesday, seeking to tackle a problem activists say the criminal justice system has long neglected. Asif Saeed Khosa said the special courts would allow victims to speak out without fear of retaliation in the conservative Muslim country, where domestic violence is often seen as taboo" (para. 1-2). "'We are going to have 1,016 gender-based violence courts across Pakistan, at least one such court apiece in every district,' Khosa said in an address to fellow judges broadcast on national television. 'The atmosphere of these courts will be different from other...more
Dec. 16, 2019, 9:48 p.m.
Countries: Morocco
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"Bassima Hakkaoui, the Moroccan Minister for Family, Solidarity, Equality, and Social Development . . . highlighted the country’s deep-seated patriarchy, arguing that societal constraints are keeping most victims of gender-based violence from speaking about their sometimes immensely traumatizing experiences" (para 2-3). "Resigned to the patriarchal stereotypes of 'brave women' whose courage fundamentally resides in 'supporting the consequences,' however horrifying, of marriage or motherhood, only 6% of victims reported their situation to authorities.The contrast between the staggeringly high number of existing cases and the insignificant number of reported incidents may also have to do with the prevailing societal belief that families’ dirty laundries are not to be exposed in public" (para...more
Dec. 14, 2019, 6:36 p.m.
Countries: Spain
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"Despite the outcry and anger provoked by such cases, Spain's far-right Vox party has called for the repeal of domestic violence laws and attacked 'psychopathic feminazis'. On Thursday, the party boycotted the minute's silence that Madrid city council had called to mark the murder of the latest victim of domestic violence, Adaliz Villagra. Villagra, 31, was stabbed to death in front of her two children in the capital on Tuesday" (para 17-18).
Dec. 14, 2019, 6:29 p.m.
Countries: France
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"He has announced a number of initial emergency measures, including the creation of 1,000 shelter places and emergency accommodation from next year, and an audit of 400 police stations to see how women's complaints are handled. He has also said €5 million would be released in the fight against femicide, and that the complaints procedure would be simplified, that the protection of women under threat would be improved, and that their partners would be removed more quickly. The PM also floated the idea that those convicted of domestic violence or under a restraining order would have to wear an electronic bracelet to protect women from further violence" (para 9-11). "As...more
Dec. 8, 2019, 8:28 p.m.
Countries: China
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"Support has been given to the efforts of women’ s federations and other women’s organizations in setting up hotlines and institutions providing rights protection services and legal aid for women. At present, the hotline 12338 has been in operation in more than 2,800 districts (counties) of China’s 31 provincial-level administrative divisions, and 250,000 institutions such as women’s rights protection stations and complaint centers against domestic violence have been established, which have widened the channels for Chinese women to protect their rights and interests" (para. 45).
Nov. 14, 2019, 1:30 p.m.
Countries: Poland
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"The Women’s Rights Center reported that police were occasionally reluctant to intervene in domestic violence incidents if the perpetrator was a police officer… The law requires every municipality in the country to set up an interagency team of experts to deal with domestic violence. During 2016, the most recent year for which statistics are available, 2,505 interagency teams operated around the country, assisting more than 180,000 persons. According to some NGOs, interagency teams focused on resolving the 'family problem' rather than initially treating claims of domestic violence as criminal matters. Centers for victims of domestic violence operated throughout the country. The centers provided social, medical, psychological, and legal assistance to...more
Oct. 22, 2019, 1:55 p.m.
Countries: Equatorial Guinea
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"Victims were reluctant to report cases… Authorities treated domestic violence as a private matter to be resolved in the home… Police organized several workshops on family violence during the year. The government-controlled media regularly broadcast public service announcements regarding domestic violence" (20).
Oct. 1, 2019, 2:44 p.m.
Countries: Philippines
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"The Department of Social Welfare assisted 199,218 women… the great majority of cases involved physical, psychological, and sexual abuse" (25). "The PNP and the Department of Social Welfare both maintained help desks to assist survivors 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 women and children’s unit with 1,918 desks throughout the country to deal with abuse cases... 4,576 officers were assigned to the desks nationwide, almost 98 percent of them women" (26)."Several cities ran...more
Aug. 6, 2019, 8:14 a.m.
Countries: Comoros

"Courts rarely sentenced or fined convicted perpetrators. No reliable data were available on the extent of the problem. Women rarely filed official complaints. Although officials took action (usually the arrest of the spouse) when reported, domestic violence cases rarely entered the court system" (page 9).
July 31, 2019, 6:50 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"Responsibility for administering the government-supported family- protection shelters was transferred to the Ministry of Labor and Social Development during the year. The HRC received complaints of domestic abuse and referred them to other government offices. The HRC advised complainants and offered legal assistance to some female litigants. The organization provided services for children of female complainants and litigants and distributed publications supporting women’s rights in education, health care, development, and the workplace" (41).
July 29, 2019, 8:26 p.m.
Countries: Guinea

"Victims reported less than 1 percent of these crimes to police due to custom, fear of stigmatization and reprisal, and lack of cooperation from investigating police or gendarmes" (p. 16).
July 23, 2019, 8:03 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"Eight in 10 women who seek help ask their own family for help and about one third (34%) ask their husband’s family for help (Table 16.14). The next most common source of help is neighbors (18%). In Afghanistan, women who seek help to stop the violence are unlikely to seek help from doctors, police, or any other civil or social organization" (280).
July 20, 2019, 10:39 p.m.
Countries: Armenia
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"The Committee also notes the recruitment of female police officers, the provision of training on gender-based violence for civil servants, social workers and police recruits and the creation of a specialized police department to prevent and investigate cases of gender-based violence. Nevertheless, the Committee remains concerned about: (...) (b) Underreporting of acts of gender-based violence against women by victims and the resulting lack of data; (c) Persistent attitudes among police officers of accepting and justifying gender-based violence against women and perceptions that this type of violence, particularly in the domestic sphere, is a private matter" (6).
July 20, 2019, 8:20 a.m.
Countries: Syria
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"The law does not specifically prohibit domestic violence, and violence against women was extensive and generally went unpunished. Victims did not report the vast majority of domestic violence and sexual assault cases. Security forces consistently treated violence against women as a social rather than a criminal matter. Observers reported that when some abused women tried to file a police report, police did not investigate their reports thoroughly, if at all, and that in other cases police officers responded by abusing the women, including by sexual harassment, verbal abuse, hair pulling, and slapping" (Pg 44-45). "In previous years several domestic violence centers operated in Damascus, and the government licensed and affiliated...more
July 19, 2019, 12:46 p.m.
Countries: Turkey
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"The government operated a nationwide domestic-violence hotline. NGOs asserted that the quality of services provided in calls was inadequate for victims of domestic violence" (page 49).
July 19, 2019, 12:22 p.m.
Countries: Nepal

"The Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers’ 2011 standard operating procedure for prevention of and response to GBV has led to the establishment of service centers in 17 districts, rehabilitation centers in eight districts, and hospital-based one-stop crisis management centers in 17 districts to provide treatment, protection, and psychosocial and legal support for survivors of GBV. Gender experts say the standard operating procedure has led to improved coordination among police, NHRC, National Women’s Commission, chief district officers, local authorities, community mediation centers, and NGOs working to address violence against women and girls" (Pg 26).
July 18, 2019, 10:36 p.m.
Countries: Slovakia
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"The Committee welcomes the launch of a national 24-hour helpline for women who are victims of violence and a series of amendments to laws that penalize stalking and forced marriage and give effect to the Council of Europe Convention on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse under national jurisdiction" (5). "However, the Committee notes with concern: (b) The underreporting of violence against women by victims, the low numbers of prosecutions and convictions of perpetrators and the limited application of protection orders by the police, in particular in cases of sexual violence; (c) The lack of a coordinated system for preventive measures and victim assistance, including the...more
July 18, 2019, 3:05 p.m.
Countries: Hungary

"The criminal code includes 'violence within partnership' (domestic violence) as a separate category of offense. Regulations extend prison sentences for assault (light bodily harm) to three years, while grievous bodily harm, violation of personal freedom, or coercion may be punishable by one to five years in prison, if committed against domestic persons. By law police called to a scene of domestic violence may issue an emergency restraining order valid for three days in lieu of immediately filing charges, while courts may issue up to 60-day 'preventive restraining orders' in civil cases, without the option to extend. Women’s rights NGOs continued to criticize the law for not placing sufficient emphasis on...more
July 17, 2019, 3:48 p.m.
Countries: Singapore
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"The Committee remains concerned about..The underreporting of cases of gender based violence against women, including domestic and sexual violence, owing to stigma and to the lack of understanding of gender based violence among both the population at large and law enforcement officials... The disproportionately high burden of proof required when married or divorced women apply for personal protection orders because of marital abuse and domestic violence, and the fact that women who are not married cannot apply for personal protection orders as a consequence of intimate partner violence" (5).
July 15, 2019, 3:24 p.m.
Countries: Thailand
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"The Ministry of Public Health operated one-stop crisis centers that provide information and services to victims of physical and sexual abuse throughout the country . . . Authorities prosecuted some domestic violence crimes under provisions for assault or violence against a person, where they could seek harsher penalties. Women’s rights groups reported domestic violence frequently went unreported, however, and police often were reluctant to pursue reports of domestic violence. The government operated shelters for domestic violence victims, one in each province. The government’s crisis centers, located in all state-run hospitals, cared for abused women and children. The Ministry of Social Development and Human Security continued to develop a community-based system,...more