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Latest items for DV-PRACTICE-2

April 19, 2019, 10:23 p.m.
Countries: Paraguay
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"According to the latest information available, the National Police had 16 specialized units to assist victims of domestic violence, and 118 officers were assigned to these stations" (p. 16). "There was one government shelter for abused children, mainly girls, comanaged by a Roman Catholic organization. In many cities the municipal council for children’s rights assisted abused and neglected children" (p. 17).
April 19, 2019, 10:23 p.m.
Countries: Paraguay
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"Although the law criminalizes domestic violence, including psychological abuse, and stipulates a penalty of two years in prison or a fine if convicted, it requires the abuse to be habitual and the aggressor and victim to be 'cohabitating or lodging together.' Judges typically issued fines, but in some cases they sentenced offenders to jail to provide for the safety of the victim. In some instances the courts mediated domestic violence cases. The ministry promoted a national 24-hour telephone hotline for victims" (p. 16).
April 19, 2019, 9:51 a.m.
Countries: Bosnia-Herzegovina
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"With the support of UNDP, the Network of Free Legal Aid Providers in BiH was established, bringing together public institutions and 14 non-governmental organizations providing legal assistance to victims of domestic violence and violence against women, victims of trafficking in women, asylum seekers and persons under temporary protection in BiH" (14). "Laws on protection against domestic violence set out the standards and criteria for setting up and operating of safe houses in terms of space, equipment and personnel, which will be or, in the case of the RS, are already defined by special bylaws. There is a need to harmonize these standards with the Istanbul Convention, especially in terms of...more
April 18, 2019, 8:38 p.m.
Countries: Italy
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2, DV-PRACTICE-2

"The Department of Equal Opportunity operated a hotline for victims of violence seeking immediate assistance and temporary shelter. The department also operated a hotline for victims of stalking. From January to November 31, the hotline received 29,939 calls" (p. 13).
April 18, 2019, 5:29 p.m.
Countries: Suriname
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"There were victims’ rooms in police stations in Paramaribo and Nickerie. Authorities trained police units in dealing with survivors and perpetrators of sexual crimes and domestic violence. The Victim Assistance Bureau managed a shelter for female victims of domestic violence and children up to age 12 and served an average of 40 clients per year (12)."
April 16, 2019, 7:47 p.m.
Countries: Bhutan
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"(d) The limited number of shelters for women who are victims of violence and the fact that those available are wholly run and funded by civil society organizations" (6).
April 15, 2019, 9:10 p.m.
Countries: Honduras
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2, DV-PRACTICE-2

"In cooperation with the UN Development Program, the government operated consolidated reporting centers in Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula where women could report crimes, seek medical and psychological attention, and receive other services. These reporting centers were in addition to the 298 government-operated women’s offices--one in each municipality--that provided a wide array of services to women, focusing on education, personal finance, health, social and political participation, environmental stewardship, and prevention of gender-based violence" (p. 23).
April 12, 2019, 7:56 p.m.
Countries: China
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"[Hong Kong] The government maintained programs that provided intervention and counseling to batterers. Sixty-five integrated family service centers and 11 family and child protective services units offered services to domestic violence victims and batterers. The government continued its public information campaign to strengthen families and combat violence, and increased public education on the prevention of domestic violence" (page 113). "[Hong Kong] The government provided parent-education programs, including instruction on child abuse prevention, in all 50 of the Department of Health’s maternal and child health centers. It also provided public education programs to raise awareness of child abuse and alert children about how to protect themselves. The Social Welfare Department provided...more
April 11, 2019, 11:47 p.m.
Countries: Cote D'Ivoire
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"The establishment of a 116 hotline, Âllo enfant en détresse, which in 2015 received 18,655 calls regarding different instances of mistreatment and abuse" (24).
April 11, 2019, 8:01 a.m.
Countries: Ecuador
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"According to the law, a prosecutor must investigate the victim’s complaint of domestic abuse before issuing a restraining order" (p. 23).
April 10, 2019, 8:03 p.m.
Countries: Israel
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"Arab and Jewish women’s rights groups protested against perceived police inaction and societal indifference to or support for actions to combat domestic violence" (36). "Women from certain Orthodox Jewish, Muslim, Bedouin, and Druze communities faced significant social pressure not to report rape or domestic abuse. The government stated that awareness and the perceived legitimacy of reporting and investigating rape and domestic violence were especially difficult in these communities" (36). "The Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs, and Social Services operated 14 shelters for survivors of domestic abuse, including two for the Arab community, two mixed Jewish-Arab shelters, two for the ultra-Orthodox community, and eight for non- ultra-Orthodox Jewish communities. The labor...more
April 10, 2019, 2:23 p.m.
Countries: New Zealand
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"The government partially funded women’s shelters, psychosocial services, rape crisis centers, sexual abuse counseling, family-violence victim support networks, and violence prevention services. In September 2016 the government announced it would allocate NZ$130 million ($95 million) to support victims and prevent sexual violence. The package of measures includes more than 60 new police officers, tougher penalties for breaching protection orders, and “family violence” being marked on offenders’ records for life. Victims’ programs include a new crisis response scheme for victims in the 72 hours after a sexual assault; programs to reduce harmful sexual behavior, offending, and reoffending; programs focusing on adults who pose a risk to children; and services for male...more
April 9, 2019, 3:47 p.m.
Countries: Canada
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"Nevertheless, the Committee is concerned about: (b) The very low number of cases of gender-based violence against women reported to the police by victims; (c) The low rates of prosecution and conviction and the lenient penalties imposed on perpetrators of gender-based violence against women; (...) (e) The lack of shelters, support services and other protective measures for women who are victims of gender-based violence, which reportedly prevents them from leaving their violent partners; (f) The lack of statistical data on gender-based violence against women, including domestic violence, in particular on investigations, prosecutions, convictions, sentences and reparation" (7).
April 9, 2019, 12:57 p.m.
Countries: Iran
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2, DV-LAW-1

"The law does not prohibit domestic violence. Authorities considered abuse in the family a private matter and seldom discussed it publicly" (33).
April 9, 2019, 7:26 a.m.
Countries: Uruguay
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"The judiciary and the Ministry of the Interior expanded the use of electronic bracelets with GPS for perpetrators of domestic violence to include the provinces of San Jose, Canelones, Maldonado, Colonia, and Florida. The doublebracelet sets (one bracelet for the victim and one for the aggressor) track distance between the perpetrator and victim. The program included awareness training for judges. The Ministry of Social Development (MIDES), some police headquarters in the interior, INAU, and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) operated shelters where abused women and their children could seek temporary refuge. All services were funded and staffed according to the reported prevalence of domestic violence in each location; nonetheless, NGOs and government...more
April 8, 2019, 10:56 a.m.
Countries: Iceland
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"The government helped finance the Women’s Shelter, the Counseling and Information Center for Survivors of Sexual Violence, the rape crisis center of the national hospital, and other organizations that assisted victims of domestic or gender-based violence. In addition the government assisted immigrant women in abusive relationships, offering emergency accommodation, counseling, and information on legal rights" (p. 9).
April 8, 2019, 9:28 a.m.
Countries: Burma/Myanmar
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"Women’s rights advocates say the violence is exacerbated by drug and alcohol abuse among men, and by a common attitude among both sexes that women who are abused or raped somehow deserve it. 'It’s victim blaming,' said Evelyn Yu Yu Swe, a partner at Strong Flowers Sexuality Education Services, a company in Yangon, Myanmar’s main city. 'The language they use is: ‘She’s bad. That’s why her husband beat her’'” (para 12-13).
April 8, 2019, 7:22 a.m.
Countries: Portugal
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"The government’s Commission for Equality and Women’s Rights operated 14 safe houses for victims of domestic violence and maintained an around-the-clock telephone service. Safe-house services included food, shelter, health assistance, and legal assistance. The government-sponsored Mission against Domestic Violence conducted an awareness campaign against domestic violence, trained health professionals, proposed legislation to improve legal assistance to victims, and negotiated protocols with local authorities to assist victims" (p. 11).
April 5, 2019, 11:16 a.m.
Countries: Solomon Islands
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"Violence against women, including rape and domestic abuse, remained a serious problem but was underreported. Among the reasons cited for failure to report abuse were pressure from male relatives, fear of reprisals, feelings of shame, and cultural taboos on discussion of such matters" (9). "The government has a referral system in place to coordinate these services, but referral agencies are often underfunded, especially in rural areas. The Family Support Center and a church-run facility for abused women provided counseling and other support services for women" (10).
April 5, 2019, 8:26 a.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"The law also provides for injunctive relief, personal protection orders, and protective exclusion orders (similar to restraining orders) for female victims of violence" (p. 25).
April 4, 2019, 3:14 p.m.
Countries: Oman
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"The government operated a shelter for victims of domestic violence" (14).
April 2, 2019, 11:06 a.m.
Countries: Austria
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"The government funded privately operated intervention centers and hotlines for victims of domestic abuse" (p. 10).
April 1, 2019, 7:43 a.m.
Countries: Chile
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"The government continued launched a national video campaignagainst femicide, and operatedshelters and a hotline" (p. 9).
April 1, 2019, 7:42 a.m.
Countries: Netherlands
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"Aruba has a child abuse reporting center" (p. 13).
April 1, 2019, 7:42 a.m.
Countries: Netherlands
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"Safe Home, a knowledge hub and reporting center for domestic abuse with 26 regional branches, was the national platform that worked to prevent domestic violence and support victims. Safe Home ran a national multimedia campaign to raise awareness of domestic violence and to direct survivors to the proper institutions for assistance. The center operated a national 24/7 hotline for persons affected by domestic violence. The government supported the organization Movisie, which assisted domestic and sexual violence survivors, trained police and first-line responders, and maintained a website on preventing domestic violence" (p. 11).
March 31, 2019, 3:59 p.m.
Countries: Russia
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"According to NGOs, many law enforcement personnel and prosecutors did not consider spousal or acquaintance rape a priority and did not encourage reporting or prosecuting such cases. NGOs reported that local police officers sometimes refused to respond to rape or domestic violence calls unless the victim’s life was directly threatened" (46). "According to NGOs, police were often unwilling to register complaints of domestic violence and frequently discouraged victims from submitting them" (46). "The law’s sponsor in the State Duma, Yelena Mizulina, noted she believes women 'don’t take offense when they see a man beat his wife' and that 'a man beating his wife is less offensive than when a woman...more
March 29, 2019, 5:33 p.m.
Countries: Malawi
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"Police continued to train officers on internal investigations, victims’ rights, sexual abuse, domestic violence, and trafficking in persons" (para 27). "The Ministry of Gender, Children, Disability, and Social Welfare conducted public education campaigns to combat domestic violence and rape" (para 82). "Domestic violence, especially wife beating, was common, although victims rarely sought legal recourse" (para 83).
March 29, 2019, 4:03 p.m.
Countries: China
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"Only 7 percent of women surveyed reported cases of domestic violence to the police, according to the 2014 All China Women’s Federation (ACWF) survey. A 2013 ACWF study noted that almost 30 percent of victims who did not report abuse believed that domestic violence should be kept a private matter. A broadly held societal belief was that spousal abuse was acceptable, according to a World Values Survey released in 2015. This led to underreporting, with only 50,000 cases of domestic violence registered each year, on average . . . The government supported shelters for victims of domestic violence, and some courts provided protections to victims, including through restraining orders prohibiting...more
March 27, 2019, 6:35 a.m.
Countries: Denmark
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2, DV-PRACTICE-2

"The government and NGOs operated 24-hour hotlines, counseling centers, and shelters for female survivors of violence. The royal family supported a variety of NGOs that worked to improve conditions and services at shelters and to assist families afflicted with domestic violence" (p. 10).
March 25, 2019, 2:20 p.m.
Countries: Liberia
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"The government operated two shelters for SGBV victims, victims of trafficking in persons, and others in need of protection, and established two hotlines for citizens to report SGBV-related crimes" (22). "During the year the MoGCSP organized workshops and seminars to combat domestic violence. In August the MoGCSP embedded two social workers within the WACPS to assist victimized or abandoned women and children who sought refuge at the LNP headquarters safe house, and the LNP released funds to purchase food, diapers, and other necessities" (22).