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Latest items for DV-PRACTICE-2

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).
Nov. 16, 2018, 9:46 a.m.
Countries: Burma/Myanmar
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"In Burma, generally accepted cultural norms and patriarchy put women seeking to obtain justice at a disadvantage. A cultural habit of blaming women victims of violence in both society at large and the justice process inhibits women from coming forward. The patriarchal stereotype that men are superior to women also prevails, limiting women’s access to justice in both informal and formal justice systems. Because of cultural norms and other barriers, victims commonly do not seek redress in the formal justice system. For example, court proceeding are held in Burmese, so victims who are more comfortable in local languages do not seek redress formally. Instead, women victims seek justice informally at...more
Nov. 16, 2018, 9:30 a.m.
Countries: Belgium
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"A number of government-supported shelters and telephone helplines were available across the country for victims of domestic abuse" (9).
Nov. 15, 2018, 12:07 p.m.
Countries: Mexico
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"The Committee recommends that the State Party: ... e) Take measures to improve support services for women and girls victims of violence, including by guaranteeing their access to established care centres and shelters; and also by ensuring that education professionals, health-care providers and social workers are fully familiar with the Mexican Official Standard NOM-046-SSA2-2005 for the prevention of violence against women and treatment of victims, and are sensitized to all forms of violence against women and are fully capable of assisting and supporting victims of violence" (5-6).
Nov. 12, 2018, 8:37 p.m.
Countries: Kosovo
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"A section of the Office of the Chief State Prosecutor helped to provide access to justice for victims of crime. The section provided free legal assistance for victims of all crimes, with a special focus on victims of domestic violence, trafficking in persons, child abuse, and rape" (para 53). "Domestic violence was the most prevalent form of gender-based violence. Advocates maintained that it was underreported for reasons that included the social stigma against reporting such occurrences outside the family, a lack of trust in judicial institutions, traditional social attitudes in the male-dominated society, and a lack of viable options for victims" (para 109). "When victims pressed charges, police domestic violence...more
Nov. 9, 2018, 11:06 a.m.
Countries: North Korea
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"The Committee is concerned about the lack of an independent complaint mechanism for women’s human rights violations and about women’s non-awareness of their rights" (4). "The prevalence of domestic violence against women, the very limited awareness and information about the issue and the lack of protective measures, including legal services, psychosocial support and shelters, available to women who are victims/survivors" (7).
Nov. 7, 2018, 1:30 p.m.
Countries: Egypt

"Most recently, on April 5th, El Nadeem Center for the Rehabilitation of the Victims of Violence and Torture—one of the only clinics in Egypt providing critical services to survivors of violence and torture—was raided by security forces for the second time in two months" (para. 9).
Nov. 3, 2018, 10:36 a.m.
Countries: Israel
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"In Lod, a community where domestic violence has been a significant problem, police collaborated with the Ministry of Welfare to develop a response to Arab women at risk. This effort resulted in a reduction in the number of domestic homicides from 10 each year to two. NGOs, including Women Against Violence, Na’am, and The Abraham Fund Initiative, worked within Arab and mixed communities to counter femicide" (para 140). "News reports indicated a 47-percent decline in reports to authorities of sex offenses during the year; according to the Association of Rape Crisis Centers in Israel, the majority of rape victims did not report the crime to authorities due to social and...more
Nov. 2, 2018, 9:21 a.m.
Countries: Kazakhstan
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"Every regional administrative police unit has a specialist on gender issues, and these specialists are primarily women. Local community police, however, are generally men, and they are the first responders to calls and the first to work with victims. Police often encouraged the two parties to reconcile. Even when a charge was filed, the victim often withdrew the charge later. NGOs reported women often withdrew their complaints because of economic insecurity. In the aftermath of 2014 changes to the law on Prevention of Domestic Violence, the government opened domestic violence shelters in each region that did not already have an established shelter. As a result approximately 3,500 women were referred...more
Oct. 26, 2018, 8:42 a.m.
Countries: Senegal
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"Police usually did not intervene in domestic disputes, and most victims were reluctant to go outside the family for redress . . . The Ministry of Women, Family, and Childhood was responsible for ensuring the rights of women. The Ministry of Justice was responsible for combating domestic violence" (page 14).
Oct. 24, 2018, 8:49 a.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"Moreover, there are a limited number of shelter homes for survivors of abuse. The fear of not being able to find a safe shelter is one of the main reasons why women often choose to suffer silently" (para 8).
Oct. 22, 2018, 9:31 p.m.
Countries: Iran
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"Authorities consider abuse in the family as a private matter and seldom discussed it publicly. Some nongovernmental shelters and hotlines assisted victims during the year, but such services were virtually nonexistent outside major cities" (para 149)
Oct. 19, 2018, 10:12 p.m.
Countries: Comoros
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"Among women who experienced physical or sexual violence, 36% have never spoken to anyone and have never sought aid. Just 17% reported having spoken to someone but not having sought help, and 39% have sought help. We note that when women have experienced sexual violence, the proportion of those who have sought aid is higher than when it involves physical violence only (44% compared to 35%). Results according to age reveal that the youngest women (44% at 15-19 years) and the oldest women (53% at 40-49 years) who most frequently sought help, compared to just 31% in the intermediate age groups 20-24 years and 25-29 years. Furthermore, we note that...more
Oct. 19, 2018, 7:59 p.m.
Countries: Indonesia
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"Violence against women remained poorly documented and significantly underreported by the government" (para 145). "The government ran integrated service centers for women and children (P2TPA) in all 34 provinces and approximately 110 districts. These centers provided counseling and support services to women and children who were victims of violence. The larger provincial service centers provided more comprehensive psychosocial services, while the quality of support at the district-level centers varied. Women living in rural areas or districts where no such center was established had difficulty receiving support services. Nationwide, police operated 'special crisis rooms' or 'women’s desks' where female officers received reports from female and child victims of sexual assault and...more
Oct. 17, 2018, 1:08 p.m.
Countries: Palestine
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"Women in East Jerusalem who experience domestic violence face particular barriers. Oheila Shomar, director of Sawa Organization, nongovernmental organization that supports survivors of domestic and sexual violence, said that: 'Many Palestinians don’t want to cooperate and fear what will happen to them and how the [Israeli] police will use their situation to harm the family if they file a complaint. If a woman tries to go to the [Israeli] police, the family and community stigmatize her for going to the occupation and harming her family'" (para 21).
Oct. 12, 2018, 1:15 p.m.
Countries: Brazil
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"As the images spread, horrified Brazilians took to Twitter to urge people to intervene to stop domestic violence, posting messages at #metaAcolher, or 'stick a spoon in,' a reference to a popular Brazilian saying, 'When it’s a fight between husband and wife, don’t stick a spoon in', One widely shared Twitter message encouraged readers, 'When you hear a call for help, stick a spoon in, call the police, try to prevent another femicide — the killing of girls or women, particularly by a man and on account of gender'" (para 12-13). This issue shows that there is a taboo regarding reporting domestic violence because it is stigmatized by society and...more
Oct. 12, 2018, 10:54 a.m.
Countries: China
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"As Lu outlined, there hasn't been strong support for domestic violence survivors to leave their abusers. The women's right organization, Equality, found that 149 people were granted access to the 2,000 facilities set up to house such survivors. 'Eligibility requirements are harsh, while regulations at the centers are strict and services are inadequate,' Lu wrote" (para 8).
Oct. 4, 2018, 1:01 p.m.
Countries: Morocco
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2, DV-LAW-1

"Morocco's parliament has approved legislation against violence on women" (para 1). "However, the legislation does not contemplate spousal abuse, a controversial issue in civil society" (para 4).
Oct. 3, 2018, 1:31 p.m.
Countries: Honduras
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"In many cases victims were reluctant to press charges against abusers. Both government prosecutors and NGOs reported that many female victims of domestic violence were trapped in the situation of violence due to economic dependence on their male partner, their role in caring for children, and the lack of shelters. The government provided services to victims of domestic violence in hospitals and health centers. The national government provided space for an NGO in Tegucigalpa to run a shelter. Local governments in cooperation with NGOs operated domestic violence shelters in San Pedro Sula, Choluteca, La Ceiba, and Juticalpa and had an office in Comayagua. NGOs operated their own small shelters in...more
Oct. 2, 2018, 11:18 a.m.
Countries: Bolivia
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"For de Angulo, the most important thing is that victims should be taken seriously. 'Victims receive tremendous pressure from society to remain silent, and we as advocates must seek to remove any obstacles that make breaking this silence more difficult'" (33-34).
Sept. 26, 2018, 11:25 a.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"Given the wide occurrence of cases of violence against women across Sindh and weak, under-resourced and insufficient existing protection mechanism, especially protection centres (Darul Amans) plagued by lethargy and apathy of the duty bearers, the constitution and operationalisation of the structures provided by Domestic Violence (Prevention and Protection) Act of 2013 is the matter of high urgency. Otherwise, violence against women, especially domestic violence, will continue to occur without fear of legal accountability" (para 8).
Sept. 24, 2018, 10:50 p.m.
Countries: Iraq
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"Although 16 family protection units operated through police stations around the country to respond to claims of domestic violence by women and children, they lacked sufficient capacity" (para 64). "Harassment of legal personnel who sought to pursue domestic violence cases under laws criminalizing assault, as well as a lack of trained police and judicial personnel, further hampered efforts to bring perpetrators to justice" (para 238). "Private shelters run by NGOs were against public policy. The lack of NGO-run shelters prevented victims of gender-based crimes from accessing health care and psychosocial support" (para 239). "The Ministry of Interior maintained 16 family protection units around the country, which aimed to resolve domestic...more
Sept. 14, 2018, 10:13 a.m.
Countries: Maldives
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"To streamline the process of reporting abuse against women and children, there were family and children’s centers on every atoll. According to the HRCM, these centers also provided services for neglected children, support for families unable to take of their children, and women with mental illness or disabilities. The Ministry of Law and Gender reported the need to establish residential facilities at family and children’s centers on every atoll to provide emergency shelter assistance to domestic violence and other victims" (19).
Sept. 12, 2018, 9:50 p.m.
Countries: Eritrea
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"Women usually refrained from openly discussing domestic violence because of societal pressures. Authorities rarely intervened, due to societal attitudes, a lack of trained personnel, and inadequate funding" (para 105)