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Latest items for DV-PRACTICE-1

Sept. 18, 2023, 12:32 a.m.
Countries: Kenya
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"Screaming for help doesn’t help either as gender-based violence is so prevalent in the area that neighbours assume any shouts are from a fight between a couple. The group decided they needed to raise the alarm in a manner that would ensure people would respond. 'Today, when the community hears ‘No! No! No! I don’t want anything to do with you’, they know it is an elderly woman being attacked and they come to our rescue,' says Wanjiku" (para.9).
Sept. 12, 2023, 11:48 a.m.
Countries: China
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"[A]round one in four married Chinese women [experience] domestic abuse, according to a 2013 survey by the All-China Women's Federation…Activists say victims' repeated complaints are often not taken seriously by police until it is too late, with the issue often regarded as a private family matter in the country's conservative culture...The situation is thought to be so bad that the city of Yiwu, in Zhejiang province, in China is even introducing a system that lets people getting married check if their partner has a history of abuse" (para 18, 20, 22).
Sept. 7, 2023, 12:33 p.m.
Countries: Lebanon
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"All through the first eight years of her marriage, Gouri’s husband abused her. But as Lebanon’s massive financial crisis plunged the household into economic distress, the violence got worse. Gouri, 23, who asked that her name be changed for fear of retribution, told The New Humanitarian that at the beginning of the marriage the abuse was mostly emotional – her husband constantly insulted her – but gradually he began to physically hurt Gouri and her son, too. 'During the economic crisis, I had my second baby, a baby girl. [Then] his violence increased; he beat me almost every day,' recalled the mother of two from Lebanon’s Chouf region, south of...more
Sept. 6, 2023, 5:32 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"[Women's rights activist Kavita] Srivastava cites examples of women who face lifelong domestic violence and are even thrown out of their matrimonial homes for not fulfilling their recurring demands" (para 29).
Aug. 24, 2023, 1:08 a.m.
Countries: Cape Verde
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"[A]ll reports of gender-based violence against women, including domestic violence, are [not] duly investigated and victims [do not] have access to protection services. T]he mandate of gender-based violence prosecutors [need to be strengthened] to ensure that perpetrators are prosecuted and adequately punished and that victims have access to appropriate redress, including compensation" (6).
Aug. 15, 2023, 5:22 p.m.
Countries: Bahamas
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"The government generally enforced the law, although women’s rights groups cited some reluctance on the part of law enforcement authorities to intervene in domestic disputes" (12).
Aug. 8, 2023, 8:30 p.m.
Countries: Bulgaria
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"[The governmental system fails] to shift the burden of proof in favour of the victim in civil proceedings concerning protection orders" (6).
Aug. 8, 2023, 12:20 p.m.
Countries: Senegal

"Despite the efforts made by the State in this area, difficulties in access to the law and justice remain an undeniable reality because a large part of the female population cannot afford the cost of services provided by court officials (deposits, bailiffs’ fees, lawyers’ fees)." (5). "Article 34-2 of Organic Act No. 2017-09 of 17 January 2017 on the Supreme Court states: 'The petitioner of a cassation appeal shall be required to submit a deposit to cover the payment of fixed stamp and registration duties. Failure to do so shall result in the petitioner being barred and, consequently, forfeiting the appeal. Except in cases provided for in other laws, legal...more
July 30, 2023, 5:46 a.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"Increased legal protections are failing to prevent the “systemic” blocking of support to those fleeing abusive relationships, the report by the Public Interest Law Centrefound. " (Parag. 2) "She added: 'What local authorities are doing is acting unlawfully until someone gets involved. After 10 years of austerity, and cuts to legal aid and housing lawyers, local authorities are getting away with this. Most times we make a legal challenge, the local authority backs down before it ever gets to court because they’re acting unlawfully and they know it.'" (Parag, 10) "Mulholland said the situation was similar in many urban areas across the UK facing a chronic shortage of housing. Survivors...more
July 25, 2023, 10:44 a.m.
Countries: Cambodia
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"[It is recommended that Cambodia take] specific steps to strengthen the independence and impartiality of the judiciary and ensure that cases of gender-based discrimination and violence against women, including domestic violence and rape, are thoroughly investigated, perpetrators are prosecuted and adequately punished and victims are provided with remedies" (4). This indicates that perpetrators of gender-based discrimination are not always thoroughly investigated and persecuted (MV- coder comment).
July 25, 2023, 9:59 a.m.
Countries: Cambodia
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"[There are] Social norms that justify gender-based violence against women and girls and blame the victim rather than the perpetrator, and the high prevalence of such violence, in particular domestic violence, as well as rape, including gang rape or bauk, which is viewed as a means of male bonding" (7). "[T]he law on the prevention of domestic violence and protection of victims provides for mediation and reconciliation for “minor” cases of physical and sexual violence and all cases of emotional and economic violence and that informal reconciliation by community members without any formal training remains the primary means of resolving cases of domestic violence" (7).
July 12, 2023, 11:11 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"Increased legal protections are failing to prevent the “systemic” blocking of support to those fleeing abusive relationships, the report by the Public Interest Law Centrefound. " (Parag. 2) "She added: “What local authorities are doing is acting unlawfully until someone gets involved. After 10 years of austerity, and cuts to legal aid and housing lawyers, local authorities are getting away with this. Most times we make a legal challenge, the local authority backs down before it ever gets to court because they’re acting unlawfully and they know it.”" (Parag, 10) "Mulholland said the situation was similar in many urban areas across the UK facing a chronic shortage of housing. Survivors...more
July 10, 2023, 9:26 p.m.
Countries: Maldives
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"Access to justice under the DVPA is improving, but too slowly. Magistrates in the Islands are applying the DVPA largely in cases of physical violence only, although the approaches indicate that in many instances, the Magistrates try first to reconcile the couple. The DVPA provides for the victim to apply for Protection Orders which will be implemented by the Maldives Police Service. The number of DVPA case presented to Magistrates remains low in comparison to the number of cases reported by FPA overall. This could in part, be due to the DV survivor’s lack of willingness to prosecute the perpetrator due to lack of faith in the system, fear of...more
June 27, 2023, 11:15 p.m.
Countries: Algeria
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"The Wassila Network described situations in which a victim goes to police to report a domestic violence incident and family members convince the victim to forgive the aggressor, resulting in no charges" (28).
June 20, 2023, 9:30 p.m.
Countries: Nicaragua
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"The Directorate of the Special Police Unit for Women, Children and Adolescents has a legal department that tracks advances in, derogations from and the entry into force of new laws and recent amendments to existing laws, thereby keeping the Nicaraguan criminal process and the legal and judicial framework governing police action up to date. In 2015, the Special Police Unit for Women, Children and Adolescents merged with the Legal Cooperation Directorate; as a result, it has been possible to capitalize on experience, good practices, specialized personnel and technical resources and offer a better service and greater proximity to communities. The comprehensive service model provides comprehensive support to victims of domestic...more
June 18, 2023, 9:21 a.m.
Countries: Malta

"In cases of domestic violence and femicide, women almost always take the blame in the court of public opinion (Malta was obsessed by the Johnny Depp/Amber Heard libel case, which confirmed many people’s ideas about victims)."(Para.20).
June 12, 2023, 4:20 p.m.
Countries: Jordan

"[D]ivorce and custody battles have discouraged women from seeking divorce out of fear of losing access to their children. This is particularly harmful for women suffering from domestic violence and abuse by their husbands, thereby demonstrating how divorce and custody laws are another example of discriminatory treatment against women" (Para.9).
May 19, 2023, 2:31 p.m.
Countries: Nigeria
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"[S]ome of the money wives end up becoming extremely frustrated because they consider it to be a life of hardship. A lot of them do not even enjoy any comfort during the marriage, but constantly work in the farms of their husbands.The girls are mostly subjected to years of slavery and sexual exploitation, while being passed from one owner to another. They do not live to achieve their full potential because they are left uneducated, exposed to domestic violence and poor healthcare." (Para.12-13).
May 12, 2023, 11:19 a.m.
Countries: Azerbaijan
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"The Azerbaijani authorities must fully comply with their international commitments and should consider ratifying the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (Istanbul Convention) Azerbaijan and Russia are the only members of the Council of Europe who have neither signed nor ratified the Convention – in order to comprehensively tackle the violence blighting the lives of women in Azerbaijan." (Para.5).
May 12, 2023, 11:01 a.m.
Countries: Germany
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

" 'Beaten and choked by partner;' 'Severely abused by husband;' 'Ex-partner stabs female doctor 18 times.' These are only some of the recent headlines that point to the growing problem of intimate partner violence in Germany.This phenomenon makes daily life a nightmare for many women. And the number of cases has been rising steadily for years."(Para.2-3). " 'We can no longer allow this to happen. We must take a hard line,' said acting German Family Minister Christine Lambrecht at the presentation of the BKA report on intimate partner violence on Tuesday in Berlin.Lambrecht was critical of the fact that the crimes are often trivialized. 'When I hear that it is...more
May 11, 2023, 10:15 p.m.
Countries: Australia
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"As part of the announcement, the Queensland government will set aside $363million for a community awareness campaign, better training of police and an expansion of support services" (Para. 17).
April 19, 2023, 5:18 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"The study comes just as U.S. Senators Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) introduced legislation reauthorizing the landmark Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) this week. While domestic violence advocates praise both senators’ efforts to strengthen the bill, Tanis and other advocates who deal specifically with minority women are advocating for language in the new act that specifically allocates funds to communities of color. More specifically, Tanis and her organization are seeking funding for small community groups which have closer cultural ties to women of color that larger organizations don’t have. Rita Smith, the Executive Director of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, a Denver-based national organization that develops policy...more
April 17, 2023, 2:24 p.m.
Countries: Mexico
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"Experts and advocates say the rampant killings and history of femicide in Mexico can be attributed to deep-rooted cultural machismo, systemic gender inequality and latent domestic violence, as well as a justice system riddled with problems — police officers who won’t take reports about missing women, clumsy or nonexistent investigations, prosecutors and judges who revictimize women." (para 6). "She’d had her struggles. Díaz had Keila when she was 19, and she left the girl’s father after bouts of domestic violence, according to her sister Olvera. Once, Díaz’s mother came out and hit the man with a rock to make him stop attacking her daughter, her sister said. She moved back...more
April 3, 2023, 11:29 a.m.
Countries: Mexico
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"Some of the attackers and the ex-boyfriend are in jail, but Ríos still had to come to terms with her instrument." (para 3). "The ex-politician who allegedly ordered the attack is being held in jail while awaiting trial, as are two other men, but another remains at large." (para 6)(NF -CODER COMMENT - The fact not all attackers were brought to justice shows that there is not a strong enforcement of said laws). "'I am not her anymore. I am not the beautiful young woman who played the saxophone anymore,' said Ríos. 'Today I can say I have been forced to become a defender of my own rights, and a...more
April 1, 2023, 9:26 p.m.
Countries: Uzbekistan
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"Work has begun on the development of instructions for preventive monitoring of persons registered with the internal affairs agencies, including persons against whom protection orders have been issued or decision taken to restrict access and establish special requirements regarding their conduct." (37)(NF - CODER COMMENT - Since this is still a work in progress, it can be assumed that many perpetrators are able to bypass a lot of these punishments).
March 8, 2023, 1:43 p.m.
Countries: Montenegro
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"The practice of non-governmental organizations that provide assistance and support to victims of violence shows that when protective measures are ordered, the competent institutions do not supervise their application and fail to inform the prosecutor’s office in case of their violation. They also continue to record cases where victims of violence are prosecuted due to counter-reports coming from the side of perpetrators" (12).
March 1, 2023, 8:01 p.m.
Countries: Montenegro
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"Montenegro has three shelters for victims of domestic violence – the Safe Women’s House (SWH), SOS Shelter Niksic, and the Centre for Child and Family Support, which have been issued a license to accommodate 35 beneficiaries. According to the standards, one place per 10,000 population is recommended, meaning that shelters in Montenegro should offer an additional 28 places. Also, a large number of NGOs received a license to provide psychosocial support...The experience of the Women's Safe House shows that citizens still have distrust in institutions when it comes to anonymous reports of domestic violence and violence against women" (12). "The Minister of the Interior decided to establish the Operational Team...more
Feb. 24, 2023, 12:54 p.m.
Countries: Nepal
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"The Judgment Execution Directorate established within the Supreme Court (SC) has been monitoring the implementation of court judgments which is instrumental in realizing women’s rights and gender equality in Nepal. The OPMCM has also set up Judgment Execution Coordination Committee to facilitate the implementation of court judgments." (6). "The Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs (MoLJPA) has been providing free legal aid services to conflict-affected women and girls, amongst others, at different VDCs of 43 districts. This includes interaction programs, advocacy and sensitization on women’s rights, and information on gender-based violence including domestic violence and children’s rights. This program has served almost 13,000 people of different districts so far."...more
Feb. 19, 2023, 1 p.m.
Countries: Bulgaria

“The incidence and severity of violence against women in Bulgaria remain higher than the average of all countries in the European Union (EU). Since 2019 at least two women each month have died from domestic violence, and there has been an increase in violence against women and children since the beginning of the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Despite the scale of the problem, an estimated 70 to 80% of cases of violence against women still go unreported” (first paragraph). “WHO is also currently reviewing the estimates of violence against women in Bulgaria. This estimate meets a crucial need to address the lack of a systematic and integrated database of domestic...more
Feb. 18, 2023, 10:46 a.m.
Countries: Canada
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"A community in rural Canada has made a series of transformative recommendations at a coroner’s inquest that – if adopted – could position the country’s most populous province as a leader in preventing femicides, particularly those carried out by an intimate partner" (Para.1). "All three women had previously been in an intimate relationship with Borutski. He had been in and out of jail for assaulting Kuzyk and Warmerdam and was on probation at the time of the murders and subject to a weapons ban" (Para.8). "Borutski had been flagged as 'high risk' two years before the triple homicide, the inquest heard, and exhibited 30 out of 41 risk factors identified...more