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Latest items for DV-PRACTICE-2

July 3, 2020, 4:25 p.m.
Countries: Zambia
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"Overall, women age 15-49 who have experienced physical or sexual violence have a tendency not to seek help or tell someone. Only 3 in 10 women (35%) who ever experienced physical or sexual violence sought help, while 13% never sought help but told someone and 52% never sought help and never told anyone (52%)" (318). "Women age 15-49 who ever experienced physical or sexual violence were most likely to seek help from their own family (63%) or their husband’s/partner’s family (45%). Fifteen percent of women who experienced physical or sexual violence sought help from the police" (319).
June 23, 2020, 6 p.m.
Countries: Tajikistan
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"In accordance with the national plan and the plan of action of the State programme for the prevention of domestic violence in the Republic of Tajikistan for the period 2011–2023, in which individual chapters and a series of measures are devoted to overcoming stereotypes and patriarchal attitudes towards women, broad outreach is being conducted among the population" (7). "With a view to effectively implementing the provisions of the legislation on the prevention of domestic violence, as well as providing assistance and support to women victims of violence, preventing and combating domestic violence, and protecting the rights, freedoms and constitutional guarantees of women in family and domestic relations, 33 crisis centres...more
June 23, 2020, 5:54 p.m.
Countries: Estonia
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"The Committee notes that shelters and a 24/7 telephone support line are available to victims of violence in the State party. However, it notes with concern the increase in gender-based violence against women in the State party and the absence of a law on domestic violence. The Committee is further concerned that: (a) A national referral mechanism for victims of domestic violence has not yet been established" (5).
June 23, 2020, 5:49 p.m.
Countries: Serbia
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"As part of its regular activities, the CBGE participates in and supports projects, campaigns and initiatives aimed at improving gender equality and overcoming gender stereotypes and prejudice in Serbia. Key examples of this include: the campaign ‘16 Days of Activism against Violence against Women’, the project ‘SHEmpowerment’ — support to economic empowerment of women who suffered violence" (15). "To encourage women to report cases of domestic and sexual violence by raising awareness of the criminal nature of such actions, the MoJ has conducted a national awareness-raising campaign titled ‘Turn off the Violence’. The aim is to raise the awareness of domestic violence among all stakeholders through online channels, social networks...more
June 19, 2020, 9:38 p.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"The law requires police to protect victims from domestic violence, but police commanders did not always hold officers accountable" (24). "The government financed shelters and rape-support centers for abused women, but more were needed, particularly in rural areas. The government conducted rape and domestic violence awareness campaigns" (24).
June 9, 2020, 4:37 p.m.
Countries: South Korea
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"Following the assault the victim fled to a women’s shelter with her son and treated for a fractured rib" (para 12). "Activists say that while a high proportion of migrant wives experience abuse, few report their cases to the police" (para 13).
June 5, 2020, 1:19 p.m.
Countries: Papua New Guinea
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"Seventy percent of women and 72% of men agree that wife beating is justified under specific circumstances (Tables 15.10.1 and 15.10.2). Both women and men are most likely to agree that a husband is justified in beating his wife if she neglects the children (59% and 61%, respectively) and goes out without telling him (50% and 49%, respectively) (Figure 15.5)" (264). The high proportion of men and women who believe wife beating is justified in specific circumstances presents a challenge to reporting domestic violence (RAO-CODER COMMENT). "Patterns by background characteristics: 1) Men in rural areas are more likely to agree that wife beating is justified under specific circumstances than urban...more
May 31, 2020, 11:11 p.m.
Countries: Turkey
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"The pink wagon, which was put into practice last year in Bursa, was removed in January this year. On the other hand in May, shopping center for women was opened in Istanbul and the opening was made by men. None of these practices are intended to prevent violence against women, but rather to exclude women from society. To isolate women from society without discussing the fact of increasing sexual violence in society, to defend that there is no other solution. However, it can be prevented if acted according to existing laws" (para 27).
May 31, 2020, 6:36 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"An important indicator of empowerment is the rejection of norms that underlie and reinforce gender inequality. One such gendered norm is husbands’ “right” to control their wives in various ways, including through violence. Rejection of such norms potentially signifies greater gender equality. Fifty-two percent of women and 42 percent of men believe that a husband is justified in beating his wife in at least one of seven specified circumstances. Women and men are both most likely to agree that a husband is justified in hitting or beating his wife if she shows disrespect for her in-laws (37% and 29%, respectively) and are both least likely to agree that a husband...more
May 21, 2020, 8:43 p.m.
Countries: Guatemala
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"Through Government Decision No. 111-2013, the Programme for the Prevention and Eradication of Domestic Violence (PROPEVI) was attached to SEPREM, as a programme for advising on, coordinating and carrying out actions to prevent, treat and eradicate domestic violence" (12). "In 2012, as part of its Violence Prevention and Citizenship-Building Strategy, the Ministry of Education (MINEDUC) designed and implemented its ‘Model for Violence Prevention and Living Together in Harmony in the Classroom and School’. In developing the Model, the Ministry consulted representatives of General Directorates, institutions and partner organizations, who made a number of conceptual and methodological contributions to the proposal. That model was then disseminated and there were discussions regarding:...more
May 15, 2020, 7:15 p.m.
Countries: Nigeria
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"Overall, 28% of Nigerian women believe that a husband is justified in beating his wife in at least one of the five specified circumstances, as compared with 21% of men. About one in five women agree that wife beating is justified if a wife argues with her husband, goes out without telling him, neglects the children, and refuses to have sexual intercourse, while 15% agree that wife beating is justified if she burns the food. Overall, men are less likely to justify wife beating in each of the five different circumstances than women" (385). "The percentage of women who agree that wife beating is justified in at least one of...more
April 30, 2020, 5:42 p.m.
Countries: France
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"Other proposals include mandatory reporting requirements for health professionals who witness signs of domestic violence and new protocols for police responding to domestic violence complaints. The experts also are encouraging awareness programs about gender violence, urging banks to make it easier for women to leave their partners, and educating children and adolescents about gender equality" (para 4). "French law enforcement has received much criticism for failing to quickly and adequately respond to complaints of domestic violence. The government began to treat the issue with increased urgency after President Emmanuel Macron visited a domestic violence hotline in September and observed a police officer rejecting a woman's call for help" (para 6)....more
April 22, 2020, 5:16 p.m.
Countries: Lebanon
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"In contrast, Amina learned from her first experience— 'the first beating,' as she said—and did not hesitate to call the police and obtain a medical report from the hospital to prove the harm she sustained. 'None of it did any good,' she said. Amina said that the only thing the police were willing to do was to compel her husband to sign a pledge not to harm her. When the judge considered her severance suit before the Sunni Court, he disregarded the abuse; instead of finding her husband at fault for his actions, he advised Amina to accept a quittance and forfeit her rights.254 Similarly, Cyntia produced a report for...more
April 19, 2020, 11:08 a.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"Forty-two percent of women and 40% of men agree that wife beating is justified under specific circumstances. Women are most likely to agree that a husband is justified in beating his wife if she argues with him or goes out without telling him (32%each); 28% of women consider wife beating as justified if the wife neglects the children (28%). Men are most likely to agree that a husband is justified in beating his wife if she goes out without telling him (28%) or argues with him (20%). Burning the food is the least-justified reason among both women and men (18% and 4%, respectively)" (275-276). "Reporting and seeking help for violence...more
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