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Latest items for DV-PRACTICE-1

June 7, 2021, 1:10 p.m.
Countries: Sudan
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"Among the dozens of women on social media talking about violence at the hands of male relatives were those telling stories of being beaten for visiting friends, for wearing clothes deemed unsuitable and for taking part in the 2019 protests that toppled the former president Omar al-Bashir" (para 6). "Ahmed Sibair, a human rights lawyer based in Khartoum, said that crimes against women and girls had increased rapidly since the beginning of the pandemic" (para 11). "'The police and the judiciary system in Sudan is based on compensations and solving problems, the prosecutors get incentives and they get upgraded for solving the problems, not for judging them'" (para 13).more
May 31, 2021, 5:31 p.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"However, women's rights activists say...protections for women facing harassment, abuse and violence are lacking" (para 8).
May 24, 2021, 2:55 p.m.
Countries: Dominican Republic
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"The Attorney General’s Office instructed its officers not to settle cases of violence against women and to continue judicial processes, even in cases in which victims withdrew charges. District attorneys provided assistance and protection to victims of violence by referring them to appropriate institutions for legal, medical, and psychological counseling" (p 18).
May 18, 2021, 5:32 p.m.
Countries: Albania
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"Additionally, a recent combination of economic struggles and stay-at-home orders due to the COVID-19 has caused an increase in domestic violence in Albania. This leaves women with little protection from violent situations" (para 2).
May 15, 2021, 7:08 p.m.
Countries: China
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"In the real world, China’s family courts are places of peril for women like Ms Wang...Judges routinely refuse first requests for divorce, obliging plaintiffs to come back after a cooling-off period of up to three months. The policy should exclude cases involving violence, but many judges are too scared to declare a husband an abuser. Some judges fear being assaulted themselves. Others worry about presiding over a case that leads to a family murder. Women reporting abuse pose no threat, so they are brushed aside. But men who threaten violence are sometimes bought off with property or even child custody, especially when a son is involved...Judges are quick to spot...more
May 11, 2021, 5:23 p.m.
Countries: Ghana
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"According to Mr. Holortu, out of the 20 percent of cases reported to DOVVSU, only about one percent of the perpetrators are processed for court and are convicted" (para 4).
April 26, 2021, 11:49 a.m.
Countries: Italy
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"While law enforcement and judicial authorities are not reluctant to prosecute perpetrators of violence against women, victims frequently declined to press charges due to fear, shame, or ignorance of the law" (26). "In almost all cases, violence is not reported and the partners who are reported, mostly remain unpunished. The undeclared remains very high...Therefore only few victims have reported domestic violence, 7.5 per cent, of whom only 27.9 per cent had a partner accused, while 8.3 per cent had a partner convicted. In 2.6 per cent of cases, the trial is still ongoing" (28).
April 5, 2021, 8:46 p.m.
Countries: Canada
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"Delilah McKeith is familiar with the impacts of intimate partner violence. In 2017, her daughter Nichole Clifford was murdered by her estranged husband, Robert Clifford, in her Edmonton-area home. The month before her death, Nichole told her husband she wanted a separation. Her mother said Nichole was tired of the abuse she'd been experiencing. McKeith said her daughter's husband used to threaten Nichole, and that he'd broken into Nichole's home on more than one occasion after they separated. Nichole had received a restraining order, but still, he came back. In February 2017, Robert was charged with break and enter and taken into custody. He was released after a few weeks...more
March 25, 2021, 9:13 p.m.
Countries: Albania
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"According to data from the State Police seen by Exit, only 13% of complaints of domestic violence were criminally prosecuted between January and December 2020. Out of 4701 reported cases of domestic violence during the year, the police prosecuted 615. They also issued 2816 protection orders, equating to 59.9% of the reports" (para 5-6).
March 13, 2021, 4:47 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee is concerned about the continuing prevalence of violence against women and girls...The Committee also notes with concern that corporal punishment is lawful in the home and constitutes a form of violence against children, including the girl child" (9).
Feb. 27, 2021, 10:55 a.m.
Countries: Ukraine
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"More than half of women who suffered from domestic violence (60 per cent) prior to their installation in the crisis centres had submitted claims of domestic violence to state institutions: 52 per cent to the police, 44 per cent to the centres of social services for the family, children and youth, 35 per cent to the courts, 29 per cent to the representative of governmental authorities, 28 per cent to the child services; 25 per cent to the representatives of local authorities; 21 per cent to the territorial centres of social services. The problem of domestic violence has not been solved in the majority of cases after the appeal to...more
Feb. 13, 2021, 11:12 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1, DV-DATA-1

“Irene Wilson v. the United Kingdom (23 October 2012 (decision on the admissibility)): The case concerned the complaint by a victim of domestic violence about the authorities’ handling of the criminal proceedings against her husband for grievous bodily harm and her allegation that the suspended sentence given to him was too lenient. The Court declared the application inadmissible, finding that the Northern Irish authorities had not failed in their duty to protect the applicant’s rights under Article 8 (right to respect for private and family life)” (3).
Feb. 13, 2021, 9:11 p.m.
Countries: Turkey
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1, MURDER-DATA-1, MURDER-DATA-2, DV-PRACTICE-1, DV-PRACTICE-2, DV-LAW-2

“Opuz v. Turkey (9 June 2009): The applicant and her mother were assaulted and threatened over many years by the applicant’s husband H.O., at various points leaving both women with life-threatening injuries. With only one exception, no prosecution was brought against him on the grounds that both women had withdrawn their complaints, despite their explanations that H.O. had harassed them into doing so, threatening to kill them. He subsequently stabbed his wife seven times and was given a fine equivalent to about 385 euros, payable in instalments. The two women filed numerous complaints, claiming their lives were in danger. H.O. was questioned and released. Finally, when the two women were...more
Feb. 13, 2021, 6:47 p.m.
Countries: United Arab Emirates
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

“Speaking two days before Matthew, 63, is expected to walk free from a court in Dubai after serving two years of a 15-year sentence, Mr Manning said: ‘It is grotesque to suggest that Jane insulted Francis and this means she somehow brought about her own death’” (para 3).
Feb. 10, 2021, 12:36 a.m.
Countries: Mexico
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"Others, like Mauro Vargas's Mexico City-based initiative Gendes, have completely pivoted their services. The initiative became well-known for offering anti-'machismo' therapy for men. Since they have had to shut down in-person therapy sessions, Vargas launched a new hotline three weeks ago to talk down men at risk of becoming violent. The goal, he said, was to complement work by other organisations scrambling to take on the aftermath of the violence.'It's constant. Every single day someone calls and tells us 'I'm calling because I don't want to hit her,' Vargas said. 'At first, it was two calls like this, and they were more like prevention ... Now, at least six or...more
Feb. 8, 2021, 7:43 p.m.
Countries: Tajikistan
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"The government has made important efforts to combat domestic violence but survivors, lawyers, and service providers reported that the 2013 domestic violence law remains largely unimplemented [ . . . ] Police often refuse to register complaints of domestic violence, fail to investigate complaints, or issue and enforce protection orders" (para 17). "In November 2018, the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) expressed concern that domestic violence is “widespread but underreported,” and that there is “systemic impunity for perpetrators . . . as illustrated by the low number of prosecutions and convictions” and no systematic monitoring of gender-based violence" (para 18).
Feb. 4, 2021, 10:45 p.m.
Countries: Colombia
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"Despite orders from Colombian President Ivan Duque for local governments to provide resources to women and children faced with domestic violence, one report found that 590 police forces in Colombia lack basic infrastructure like the internet to take domestic violence calls" (para 19).
Jan. 31, 2021, 3:04 p.m.
Countries: Australia
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"CALD women experience higher levels of violence than the general population. CALD women are more likely to experience abuse by extended family members, abuse related to their immigration status, dowry demands and forced marriage. The family violence provisions in the Migration Regulations only protect some women from deportation if they leave a violent relationship. Women on certain temporary visas, including temporary work visas, business or student visas cannot access the family violence provisions and are thus subject to deportation if they leave a violent relationship. It is estimated that without intervention, the cost of violence perpetrated against immigrant and refugee women will reach $4 billion in 2021-22" (23). CALD stands...more
Jan. 31, 2021, 1:58 p.m.
Countries: Angola
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

“With the approval of the implementing regulations, the Government intends to effectively enforce the Domestic Violence Act, reduce rates of domestic violence and ensure compliance with the international instruments to which Angola is a State party” (pp. 11).
Jan. 29, 2021, 5:45 p.m.
Countries: Mexico
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"Despite relatively high levels of reporting of family violence to police, women have come to expect little to no response from authorities. 'When a woman is experiencing such violence, she has very little recourse,' Negrete said. 'If she calls the police, they might not come, and even if they do, they have no training in how to respond to family violence. To pursue charges and protection from the violence they must go to the prosecutor’s office, who typically fail to do anything about the complaint'" (para 13).
Jan. 26, 2021, 3:44 p.m.
Countries: France
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1, DV-LAW-1

“In 2013 her husband was convicted of assaulting her and sentenced to a year in jail. He was given a restraining order after his release but this has been lifted. ‘It goes in cycles these days. He'll leave me alone for a few months, and then he will turn up and hammer on the door. I call the police and they do respond now, mainly because of the media interest in my case. But I am not free’ (para 16).
Jan. 19, 2021, 9:39 a.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

“‘Her husband hit her and chopped off her nose with a sharp kitchen knife,’ she said. ‘She wanted a divorce because he abused her and beat her frequently.’ The attack happened this month and police arrested the husband this week. His wife was sent to her father’s home after treatment” (Para 2-3).
Jan. 18, 2021, 3:50 p.m.
Countries: France
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1, DV-LAW-1

"In September, the government announced measures to step up the fight against domestic violence, including steps to make it easier to report incidents and an increase in shelter spaces. It was criticized by civil society groups for not allocating enough resources to implement the plans" (para 10).
Jan. 1, 2021, 3:52 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1, DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"The Puerto Rican police are notorious for mishandling reports of intimate partner abuse and for high rates of domestic violence within their own ranks. The U.S. Justice Department found that from 2005 to 2010, the police department received 1,459 complaints alleging domestic violence carried out by its officers. At least 98 officers were arrested multiple times on domestic violence charges between 2007 and 2010" (para 9).
Jan. 1, 2021, 3:52 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1, DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"The Puerto Rican police are notorious for mishandling reports of intimate partner abuse and for high rates of domestic violence within their own ranks. The U.S. Justice Department found that from 2005 to 2010, the police department received 1,459 complaints alleging domestic violence carried out by its officers. At least 98 officers were arrested multiple times on domestic violence charges between 2007 and 2010" (para 9).
Dec. 31, 2020, 3:55 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"Jasmine grew up with a parade of men terrorizing her household. By age 7, she had watched her mother being savagely beaten by boyfriends in drunken rages" (para 17).
Dec. 24, 2020, 12:43 p.m.
Countries: Turkey
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"The global COVID-19 pandemic has also played a role in the increase in gender-based violence in Turkey. With women being forced to stay indoors for long periods of time, Hanim said that there has been an increase in women reaching out for help. 'We were in a state of emergency as a whole world and country due to the recent coronavirus pandemic,' she explained. 'Along with practices such as quarantine, isolation and working from home, women particularly faced more threats of domestic violence'" (para 22-23).
Dec. 24, 2020, 12:34 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: UVAW-PRACTICE-1, DV-PRACTICE-1

"Afghan women still face numerous challenges because of domestic abuse, discrimination, taboos, and violence" (para 10).
Dec. 24, 2020, 9:52 a.m.
Countries: Iraq
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"[T]he Organisation of Women's Freedom in Iraq (Owfi), a partner organisation of Madre, created a network of underground safe houses for women fleeing violence at home and in the streets. Under conditions of military occupation, civil war and fundamentalist witch-hunts, the women of Owfi spoke out against policies that created sectarian divisions and fuelled gender-based violence" (para 7). This indicates that even if there are domestic violence laws, violence in the family is common (CAT - CODER COMMENT).
Dec. 23, 2020, 8:58 p.m.
Countries: Sierra Leone
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

“But months later the girl's case has shown just how difficult combating sexual violence can be: Her father objected to the rape being tried in court, requiring police to issue a restraining order so she could continue receiving medical treatment. No court date has been set, not even a prosecutor chosen” (para 4). “The child's lawyer Fatmata Sorie said the man who committed the crime - believed to be a 28-year-old male relative - still walks free” (para 6). “The man accused in the five-year-old's case - who is her uncle - remains jailed without bail while his case is before the country's high court. A defense lawyer has yet...more