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Latest items for DV-PRACTICE-2

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
July 14, 2019, 11:37 a.m.
Countries: Gambia
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"Most cases of domestic violence went unreported due to victims’ fear of reprisal, unequal power relations, stigma, discrimination, and pressure from family and friends not to report" (p. 12).
July 14, 2019, 11:35 a.m.
Countries: Brunei
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"The Department of Community Development in the Ministry of Culture, Youth, and Sports provided counseling for women and their spouses. Some female and minor victims were placed in protective custody at a government-sponsored shelter while waiting for their cases to be scheduled in court. Islamic courts staffed by male and female officials offered counseling to married couples in domestic violence cases" (p. 15).
July 13, 2019, 9:51 p.m.
Countries: Papua New Guinea
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"Due to stigma, fear of retribution, and limited trust in authorities, most women did not report rape or domestic violence to authorities.. There were 17 family and sexual violence units in police stations across the country to provide victims with protection, assistance through the judicial process, and medical care. Police leadership in some provinces led to improved services for victims of gender-based violence. Nevertheless, comprehensive services for victims of domestic and sexual violence were lacking in most of the country. This lack of services, along with societal and family pressure, often forced women back into violent and abusive homes" (p. 17).
July 13, 2019, 9:51 p.m.
Countries: Burundi
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"The government-operated Humura Center in Gitega provided a full range of services, including legal, medical, and psychosocial services, to survivors of domestic and sexual violence" (p. 34).
July 13, 2019, 3:04 p.m.
Countries: Gabon
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"Women virtually never filed complaints, due to shame or fear of reprisal, although the government operated a counseling group to provide support for abuse victims. The government provided in-kind support to an NGO center to assist victims of domestic violence and through the center’s work, police intervened in response to incidents of domestic violence" (p. 16).
July 12, 2019, 8:51 a.m.
Countries: Cambodia
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"Mediation is widely practiced, however there are ongoing efforts to ensure that the methods best practice a women-centered approach. Operational Standards and Codes of Conduct for police officers, who are regularly called on to provide emergency assistance to GBV cases, have been implemented. The Ministry of Interior (MoI) and the Cambodian National Police are currently developing a new curriculum at the Royal Police Academy, which incorporates the Minimum Standards for Basic Counseling for Women and Girl Survivors of Gender-Based Violence and other gender-sensitive approaches" (15). "In 2016, A Minimum Standard for Basic Counseling for Women and Girl Survivors of Gender-Based Violence document was finalized to ensure the application of a...more
July 11, 2019, 6:30 p.m.
Countries: Estonia
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"There was a network of shelters for women, and women with children, who were victims of gender-based violence as well as hotlines for domestic violence and child abuse. Police officers, border guards, and social workers received training related to domestic and gender violence from NGOs, the Ministry of Social Affairs, the Ministry of the Interior, and the Ministry of Justice" (p. 9).
July 11, 2019, 5:35 p.m.
Countries: Bangladesh
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"Women domestic workers in the State party are subjected to violence, abuse... and murder... such crimes go unreported and that the victims have limited access to justice and redress" (10).
July 9, 2019, 2:45 p.m.
Countries: Zambia
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"Domestic violence against women was a serious problem, and spousal abuse was widespread. According to a May 26 Afro Barometer survey on the prevalence of GBV, 90 percent of persons with no formal education approved of wife beating. The NGO Women in Law in South Africa (WLSA) observed that customary marriage values taught women sexual intercourse was a man’s right and discouraged reporting spousal rape. The WLSA also observed that women who revealed sexual violations to authorities often faced societal stigma, which in turn diminished future reporting. Customary laws in certain chiefdoms allowed for spousal battery. In addition fear of violence, abandonment, and divorce discouraged women from seeking HIV care...more
July 9, 2019, 10:16 a.m.
Countries: Romania
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"Women’s lack of trust in the judicial system, their limited awareness about available remedies for obtaining redress and the stigmatization of victims, which leads to underreporting of cases of gender-based violence against women and girls, including psychological and economic violence, sexual harassment and marital rape. The online publication of the names of victims and witnesses in proceedings for protection orders unless the applicant explicitly requests anonymity and the lack of physical protection of victims in courtrooms, preventing women from seeking justice for gender-based violence and discrimination" (3). "The requirement to present identity documents to gain access to shelters and health services, the restricted access to legal and psychological counselling, the...more
July 8, 2019, 2:42 p.m.
Countries: Uzbekistan
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"The law does not specifically prohibit domestic violence, which remained common. While the law punishes physical assault, police often discouraged women from making complaints against abusive partners, and officials rarely removed abusers from their homes or took them into custody. Society considered the physical abuse of women to be a personal rather than criminal matter. Human rights contacts, however, reported greater willingness by local police and officials to address reports of domestic violence, including in Jizzakh Province and in the traditionally conservative Fergana Valley. Family members or elders usually handled such cases, and they rarely came to court. Local authorities emphasized reconciling husband and wife, rather than addressing the abuse....more
July 8, 2019, 1:19 p.m.
Countries: Uganda
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2, DV-DATA-1

"According to the 2011 Uganda Demographic and Health Survey (DHS), the most recent government report on maternal mortality, at least 27 percent of girls and women between ages 15 and 49 experienced some form of domestic violence during the year prior to the survey. The same survey showed at least 56 percent of married women reported having experienced some form of domestic violence during their marital life. According to a representative from the UPF’s child and family protection unit, victims often did not report domestic violence because society generally did not consider it a crime and police officers often did not consider it a serious offense. Local NGOs operated hotlines...more
July 8, 2019, 12:38 p.m.
Countries: Burundi
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"Cases of violence against women are underreported for reasons including stigmatization by family and community members, fear of reprisal and impunity of perpetrators (…) There is a lack of systematic data collection on the investigation, prosecution and sentencing of acts of gender-based violence against women, limited access for women and girls to victim assistance and protection and a limited number of shelters in the State party" (6).
July 7, 2019, 8:50 p.m.
Countries: Kazakhstan
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"According to the Ministry of Internal Affairs, there were 28 crisis centers in 2016. They received 20 percent of their funding from the government and 80 percent through international grants from NGOs" (p. 31).