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Latest items for DV-PRACTICE-2

Sept. 29, 2020, 4:42 p.m.
Countries: Finland
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"The council's report also highlighted the need to increase the number of female police officers in Finland, the lack of training available to prosecutors and law enforcement officers on intervening in cases involving sexual violence, and the need for more shelters for those suffering abuse in their homes" (para 11).
Sept. 29, 2020, 4:13 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"Women, religious minorities, and transgender people continued to face violence, discrimination, and persecution, with authorities often failing to provide adequate protection or hold perpetrators accountable" (para 3).
Sept. 28, 2020, 2:46 p.m.
Countries: Poland
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2, DV-LAW-1

"The UN Torture Committee in August called on Polish authorities to provide adequate protection for victims of domestic violence" (para 14).
Sept. 27, 2020, 5:14 p.m.
Countries: Armenia
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"The 2017 family violence law requires police to urgently intervene when there is a reasonable assumption of an immediate threat of repetition or the continuation of violence in the family. But in practice, law enforcement bodies lack awareness and training on protection mechanisms envisaged by the law, such as protection orders, and do not adequately use them" (para 7). "Armenia has only one shelter for domestic violence survivors, run by a nongovernmental organization (NGO). While there are plans to open another shelter, with an overall capacity of 10 to 13 people, Armenia falls far short of the Council of Europe recommendation of one shelter space per 10,000 people" (para 7)....more
Sept. 26, 2020, 10:53 p.m.
Countries: Slovakia
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

“Kontrovà v. Slovakia (31 May 2007): On 2 November 2002 the applicant filed a criminal complaint against her husband for assaulting her and beating her with an electric cable. The police later assisted her in withdrawing her complaint when she returned to the police station accompanied by her husband. On 31 December 2002 her husband shot dead their daughter and son, born in 1997 and 2001. The applicant received no compensation. The European Court of Human Rights found a violation of Article 2 (right to life) of the European Convention on Human Rights, concerning the authorities’ failure to protect the children’s lives, and a violation of Article 13 (right to...more
Sept. 26, 2020, 4:34 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan

“N. v. Sweden (no. 23505/09) (20 July 2010): The applicant, an Afghan national having an extra-marital affair with a man in Sweden, maintained that she risked social exclusion, long imprisonment or even death if returned to Afghanistan. Her applications for asylum were unsuccessful. The Court found that the applicant’s deportation from Sweden to Afghanistan would constitute a violation of Article 3 (prohibition of inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment) of the Convention. It noted that women were at particular risk of ill-treatment in Afghanistan if perceived as not conforming to the gender roles ascribed to them by society, tradition and even the legal system. The mere fact that the applicant...more
Sept. 21, 2020, 1:42 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"Research by the UN found that very few reported cases of violence against women were prosecuted. The vast majority of cases either resulted in no action or were resolved through mediation, sometimes without the victim’s consent and often offering her no meaningful relief.2F The negative experiences women have in the justice system deter many other women and girls from reporting violence" (2-3).
Sept. 14, 2020, 6:34 p.m.
Countries: Bahrain
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"Although the Kingdom of Bahrain had made progress in addressing violence against women, namely the promulgation the Law on the Protection from Domestic Violence and the development of the National Strategy for the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence, yet the legislation does not respond fully to the committees’ concluding observations No. 21 and 22. There are no effective punishments for perpetrators of violence, nor criminalizing marital rape and lack of measures to address traditional cultural attitudes that prevented women from reporting cases of violence, including by providing education and awareness programs to the general public on the criminal nature of all forms of violence against women. Furthermore, there is...more
Sept. 4, 2020, 5:11 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

“A five-year-old girl came with a tear in her vulva. The mother said her husband did it under ‘influence of alcohol’. Though she was able to save the child when the father was trying to penetrate her, she was beaten and thrown out of the house for the entire night. ‘I cannot lodge a complaint as there is another young girl child at home and the father is the only bread-winner’” (para 4-5). “Inside the Rajindra hospital, the conditions are equally appalling. There is no enclosure in the OPD room for children. The doctor examines the private parts of girl children on a cot, in the presence of a male...more
Aug. 31, 2020, 6:42 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

“[Fawzia] Koofi writes in her memoir that she saw him beat her mother badly, tearing out chunks of her hair. But Koofi's mother loved him. This was the way in Afghanistan. Her mother was dignified, strong, yet at the same time she believed that women obeyed their husbands. When wives failed to please their husbands, they had earned a beating” (Para 34). With the expectation for women, both from men and often for themselves, to accept a beating if they “[fail] to please their husbands”, there seems likely to be at least a significant social taboo against reporting domestic violence (BC - CODER COMMENT).
Aug. 30, 2020, 9:08 p.m.
Countries: Armenia
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"He was informed that a number of political leaders, including parliamentarians, have denied the problem of domestic violence in Armenia and even justified it in some cases" (para 6). "There is a view that domestic violence should be resolved within the family and talking about it in public is considered inappropriate and shameful. Many women experiencing domestic violence do not report it, either because they believe that domestic violence is a private matter, or because they do not believe the police will do help" (para 9). "Due to the lack of information regarding criminal cases brought against perpetrators of violence against women, it could be said that the phenemon remains...more
Aug. 30, 2020, 12:33 a.m.
Countries: Brazil
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"'We need more women's police stations, centers where survivors can seek preventive help and shelters for those who have walked out of their homes. In addition, we have to make sure that speedy trials happen in these cases so that justice is not delayed. It took 19 years and six months for my case to finally wrap up'" (para 12). "That reality has changed, but more resources are needed, she said, particularly for women living in small towns, where patriarchy still has a stronghold and there are not enough women's police stations or shelters" (para 14). "'The law talks of setting up special courts and stricter sentences for offenders, besides...more
Aug. 26, 2020, 1:29 p.m.
Countries: D R Congo
Variables: WAM-DATA-2, DV-PRACTICE-2

“My name is Julienne Lusenge and I’m an activist for women’s rights in the DRC…There are offices which still have no computers today and many women can’t even communicate on the phone. They don’t have credit even if they have phones. So we live and work in a situation of precariousness and that makes us insecure. When you work in a climate of insecurity you don’t know how to protect yourself, but when you have a phone you can call someone and that can help to protect you. For example we have set up an alert system; women will send text messages and then I send an email to one...more
Aug. 16, 2020, 7:27 p.m.
Countries: Kyrgyzstan
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"Despite the criminalization of domestic violence in January, measures to protect women remained inadequate and inconsistent" (para 3). "Crucially, the government has not yet appointed a body overseeing implementation of domestic violence prevention measures, as required by law" (para 16).
Aug. 10, 2020, 5:32 p.m.
Countries: Switzerland

“In September 2010, the secretary of the Muslim Community of Basel was acquitted of publicly inciting crime and violence. The charges were pressed after the 33-year-old made comments in a Swiss television documentary saying that Islamic Sharia law should be introduced in Switzerland and that unruly wives should be beaten. The judge said the defendant was protected by freedom of expression” (para 14).
Aug. 10, 2020, 3:10 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

“Take Marissa Alexander. Alexander, who is African American, was sentenced in Florida last year, to 20 years in prison after she fired a warning shot into the air to deter a spouse with a history of abusive. She was found guilty of assault in the land of Stand Your Ground and George Zimmerman. Twenty years is the mandatory sentence. Alexander, who gave birth nine days prior to the shooting, had no criminal record. She had a legal concealed weapons permit. She was in her home. She fired into a wall. No one was hurt. She rejected a plea bargain that would have resulted in a 3-year sentence, believing reasonably that...more
Aug. 10, 2020, 3:09 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

“Two weeks ago, Wajeha Al-Huweidar and Fawzia Al-Oyouni, two Saudi activists, were sentenced to 10 months in prison and a two-year travel restriction for ‘corrupting’ Nathalie Morin, a Canadian national who has been trying to leave Saudi Arabia, for the past several years. . . The two women were arrested outside of Morin’s house, carrying food supplies, after they received a panicked text from her saying that her husband had locked her and their three children in their house with not enough food and water. He’d left for a week. The trial took a year and Morin, who has never met either woman, was not allowed to testify. While these...more
Aug. 8, 2020, 7:25 p.m.
Countries: Russia
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"Domestic violence remained pervasive but under-reported, and services for survivors inadequate" (para 49). "In July, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) issued its first ruling on a domestic violence case in Russia. The court ordered the authorities to pay the applicant 20,000 euros in damages and recognized the Russian authorities' 'reluctance to acknowledge' the gravity of domestic violence" (para 50).
Aug. 8, 2020, 6:27 p.m.
Countries: Algeria
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"The law also did not set out any further measures to prevent abuse or protect survivors" (para 16).
Aug. 7, 2020, 3:49 p.m.
Countries: Morocco
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2, DV-LAW-1

"A law on violence against women criminalizes some forms of domestic violence and establishes preventative measures, but does not set out duties of police, prosecutors, and investigative judges in domestic violence cases, or fund women's shelters" (para 21).
Aug. 7, 2020, 2:32 p.m.
Countries: Kosovo
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"In April, authorities launched a national unified database enabling monitoring and prosecution of domestic violence cases to ensure accountability by requiring relevant institutions to update the database with necessary information from central and local levels" (para 44).
July 31, 2020, 4:18 p.m.
Countries: Brazil
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"Only 8 percent of municipalities had police stations specializing in violence against women and about 2 percent operated women's shelters in 2018" (para 28).
July 28, 2020, 11:13 a.m.
Countries: Australia
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"The National Plan has underpinned the development of flagship organisations such as 1800RESPECT (counselling and referral service), Our Watch (primary prevention)vi, ANROWS (research)vii and DV Alert (training on DFV for frontline workers)" (5). "The two most recent federal budgetsxi have not introduced any substantive funding increases. With greater awareness about DFV and sexual violence, services are experiencing greater demand. For instance, demand for 1800RESPECT has risen by 50% since March 2017. Similarly, other specialist women’s services and specialist housing and homelessness providers are struggling to meet the increasing service demand" (5). "Over the last 40 yearsxiv, specialist women’s services have been established in response to the need for comprehensive and...more
July 22, 2020, 3:12 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"Women frequently come under family pressure to drop complaints of domestic violence" (para 11).
July 19, 2020, 1:45 p.m.
Countries: Nepal
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"In Nepal, reporting violence or seeking help to end violence is still not at all common. Sixty-six percent of women who have experienced any type of physical or sexual violence have not sought help to end the violence or told anyone about the violence. Women are more likely to seek help or talk to someone about their experiences of violence when they have experienced both physical and sexual violence (39%) and much less likely to do so if they have experienced only physical or only sexual violence" (346). "Among women who have experienced physical or sexual violence and have sought help, the most common source of help is the woman’s...more
July 15, 2020, 7:26 p.m.
Countries: Iran
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

The law, while weakened, is still a positive development. Among its many provisions is Article 17, which makes it a crime for any state authorities charged with protecting children to fail to intervene in cases when a teenager or child is at risk of violence" (para 6). "More importantly, the Bill to Protect Women would also put in additional safeguards, such as a procedure for women to report being at risk of violence and more state-run women’s shelters" (para 9).
July 14, 2020, 5:40 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"Ms Qureshi now works with a charity offering accommodation, support and legal advice to acid victims in New Delhi. Make Love, Not Scars runs a shelter home for women whose lives have been destroyed by a crime that is on the rise in India" (para 7-8).
July 12, 2020, 1:11 p.m.
Countries: Bosnia-Herzegovina

"The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) quantitative survey on violence against women in Bosnia and Herzegovina published this year found that 48 percent of women there have experienced some form of abuse, including intimate partner violence, nonpartner violence, stalking, and sexual harassment since the age of 15. And 25 percent of all women, almost twice the rate across the EU, believe that domestic violence is a private matter and should be handled within the family. That leads to underreporting of violence against women" (para. 13).
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