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Latest items for DV-PRACTICE-1

Sept. 17, 2021, 10:28 p.m.
Countries: Guatemala
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"Luz Maria had found her dream job. At just 25, she began working at the Guatemalan department of public prosecution. Her main task as a criminologist was to take photographs of victims of violence and the scenes where it had taken place. She always said that her work gave a voice to people who had had their lives stolen from them. She had her own life stolen from her in mid-January. Garbage collectors found her body, wrapped in plastic, next to a canal in Guatemala City. She was the mother of a 1-year-old. Since then, her partner has been in pre-trial detention. Neighbors of the couple had regularly heard her...more
Sept. 17, 2021, 10 p.m.
Countries: New Zealand
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1, DV-LAW-1

"Domestic violence is a criminal offense. Police were responsive to reports of domestic violence. The law provides victims with 10 days of paid domestic violence leave. The government partially funded women’s shelters, psychosocial services, rape crisis centers, sexual abuse counseling, family violence victim support networks, and violence prevention services. Victims’ programs include: a new crisis response plan for 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 survivors of sexual abuse" (9).
Sept. 15, 2021, 6:42 p.m.
Countries: Nicaragua

"In May 2020, the Network of Women Against Violence warned about the vulnerability of the women, some of whom are even survivors of machista violence. The group indicated that among the more than 2,000 common prisoners released recently to house confinement are men who have committed crimes against women" (para 14).
Sept. 13, 2021, 2:24 p.m.
Countries: China
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"Nonetheless, official assistance did not always reach victims, and public security forces often ignored domestic violence" (65). "According to women’s rights activists, a recurring problem in the prosecution of domestic violence cases was a failure by authorities to collect evidence, including photographs, hospital records, police records, or children’s testimony. Witnesses seldom testified in court" (65). "The law [in Hong Kong] does not directly criminalize domestic violence, but the government regarded domestic violence against women as a serious concern. Abusers may be liable for criminal charges, such as offenses against person, sexual assault, and illtreatment of a child, depending on which act constituted the domestic violence. The government [in Hong Kong]...more
Sept. 8, 2021, 4:30 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"Authorities placed some women in protective custody to prevent violence by family members. They also employed protective custody (including placement in a detention center) for women who had experienced domestic violence, if no shelters were available to protect them from further abuse. The 2009 Elimination of Violence against Women (EVAW) presidential decree--commonly referred to as the EVAW law--obliges police to arrest persons who abuse women. Implementation and awareness of the EVAW law was limited, however" (8). "In major cities courts continued to decide criminal cases. Authorities frequently resolved civil cases using the informal system, the government mediation mechanism through the Ministry of Justice Huquq (civil rights) office, or, in some...more
Sept. 5, 2021, 3:59 p.m.
Countries: China
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"The husband and wife were alone in her boutique, but the security cameras captured it all: him pushing her down, punching her, slapping her and dragging her by the hair across the floor" (para 1). "[I]n April 2018, Mr. Dou lost more than $7,200 gambling and beat her when he came home, according to Ms. Liu. 'That first time, I did not call the police because I did not classify the behavior as domestic violence,' she said....She left Mr. Dou for over a month...In July 2019, Ms. Liu said, she complained to her mother-in-law that Mr. Dou had stayed out all night playing cards. The elder woman lectured her son,...more
Aug. 28, 2021, 11:07 a.m.
Countries: Estonia
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"In 2011, the Ministry of Justice analysed family violence proceedings using data from 2010. In 45% of the cases proceedings were diverted from the court and resulted in sanctions and conditions imposed by the p rosecutor. 31% of the cases were terminated due to lack of evidence or on other legal grounds. 24% of the family violence cases reached the court. In 53% of such cases a conditional prison sentence with or without probation supervision was imposed, in 20% of cases the type of punishment was community service, in 14% of cases pecuniary punishment and in 13% of cases a prison sentence. The use of arrests and restraining orders is...more
Aug. 23, 2021, 7:05 p.m.
Countries: Tanzania
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1, DV-LAW-1

"The law prohibits assault but does not specifically prohibit domestic violence. Domestic violence against women remained widespread, and police rarely investigated such cases" (p 22),
Aug. 20, 2021, 1:37 p.m.
Countries: Cambodia
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"NGOs reported authorities inadequately enforced domestic violence laws and avoided involvement in domestic disputes" (21). "Some rape and domestic violence ended in death: A local NGO reported 10 killings in a January-June 2018 investigation of 39 cases of domestic violence and 18 of rape. In these 57 cases, authorities arrested only 23 perpetrators. According to a 2017 report by a human rights NGO, neither the authorities nor the public generally regarded domestic violence as a criminal offense" (21). "Child abuse was common, and legal action against perpetrators was rare, according to observers. according to UNICEF’s Violence Against Children Report, approximately one in two Cambodian children had experienced extreme violence" (23).more
Aug. 17, 2021, 2:50 p.m.
Countries: Sierra Leone
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"Civil society organizations, such as Legal Aid and Timap for Justice, provided free legal services for victims of gender-based and domestic violence. Inefficiencies and corruption in the judicial system, however, resulted in many cases settled out of court or without going to trial. Most perpetrators, including teachers, family friends, relatives, traditional leaders, and neighbors, were known to their victims" (p 18). "Substantial enforcement problems remained, and conviction numbers remained low. In many cases of sexual assault on children, parents accepted payment instead of taking the perpetrator to court due to difficulties dealing with the justice system, fear of public shame, and economic hardship" (p 21).
Aug. 11, 2021, 11:23 a.m.
Countries: Finland
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"Violence against women, including spousal abuse, continued to be a problem"(9)." In September[2019], following a country inspection, the Council of Europe Group of Experts on Action against Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (GREVIO) reported that key professionals in the criminal justice system, such as prosecutors and law enforcement officers, were not systematically trained before taking up their duties on how to intervene in cases of violence against women, including domestic violence.The ombudsman for equality at the Ministry of Justice highlighted problems with access to domestic violence shelters in remote rural areas"(9,10).
Aug. 6, 2021, 4:21 p.m.
Countries: Niger
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"A woman may sue her husband or lodge criminal charges for battery, penalties for which range from two months in prison and a fine of 10,000 CFA francs ($18) to 30 years’ imprisonment. The government tried with limited success to enforce these laws, and courts prosecuted cases of domestic violence when they received complaints. Charges stemming from family disputes often were dropped in favor of traditional dispute-resolution mechanisms. While women have the right to seek redress for violence in the customary or formal courts, few did so due to ignorance of redress offered by the legal system and fear of spousal or familial repudiation, further violence, or stigmatization" (p 15).more
Aug. 6, 2021, 1:10 p.m.
Countries: Egypt
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"Police often treated domestic violence as a social rather than criminal matter"(43).
Aug. 2, 2021, 4:01 p.m.
Countries: Nicaragua
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1, DV-LAW-1

"The law criminalizes domestic violence and provides prison sentences ranging from one to 12 years. The government failed to enforce the law effectively, leading to widespread impunity and reports of increased violence from released offenders emboldened by their release" (p 21).
July 27, 2021, 8:22 p.m.
Countries: Brazil
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1, DV-LAW-2

"The issue that called the most attention was that of domestic violence. Karoline da Silva, a surveyor from Bonito, reported that she realized that the local situation had grown worse. According to her, there was a general disbelief and lack of knowledge from the women who were victims of domestic violence, about the protection the state could ensure to them. This perception was discussed during one of her interviews. She expressed that if she reported her husband’s abuse, he would be arrested for a few days, and soon after released, when she would fear for her life. During the group discussions the link between land tenure security and domestic violence...more
July 26, 2021, 12:32 p.m.
Countries: Canada
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"The government’s Family Violence Initiative involved 15 federal departments, agencies, and crown corporations, including Status of Women Canada, Health Canada, and Justice Canada. These entities worked with civil society organizations to eliminate violence against women and advance women’s human rights"(9).
July 23, 2021, 2:27 p.m.
Countries: Macedonia
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1, DV-LAW-1, DV-DATA-1

"Domestic violence is illegal but was a persistent and common problem. Police and judicial officials were reluctant to prosecute spousal rape and domestic violence" (p 26).
July 21, 2021, 10:44 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"In what has become a haunting pattern in Saudi Arabia, hashtags circulating on social media are calling for the life of a woman, allegedly subjected to domestic violence, to be saved. Sabah al-Qahtani, 36, was said to have been the victim of domestic abuse after she was violently forced by her siblings to sign a document dividing their inheritance. Qahtani allegedly fainted as a result of being beaten, and was admitted to hospital by her siblings on the pretext that she had attempted to commit suicide" (Para 1-3). "The report said that a woman in her 30s had been admitted to hospital as a result of attempted self-harm through the...more
July 21, 2021, 1:54 p.m.
Countries: Australia
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"Last year, the federal government gave $20 million to frontline legal services dealing with domestic violence matters, as part of a $63.3 million boost to Legal Aid. However, WLSA says when the states and territories handed out this money, a disproportionate amount went to services that predominantly represented offenders"(para 9).
July 21, 2021, 10:48 a.m.
Countries: Sweden
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"Police have welcomed the renewed focus, with national police chief Anders Thornberg describing women's exposure to domestic violence as 'a major problem that requires more action'. He says his officers are already prioritising attacks on women and children, with a recent investment in 350 extra staff employed to tackle these kinds of crimes" (Para 14).
July 20, 2021, 8:12 p.m.
Countries: Kosovo
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"Support organisations for victim of domestic abuse say the perpetrators frequently escape justice. In February, protesters gathered outside the Basic Court in Prizren to voice their anger at a 15-year prison sentence handed down against Ilir Haxhiaj, who was charged after beating his wife, Hatije Dina, in 2019. Dina died from her injuries, but Haxhiaj was charged with grievous bodily harm. The protesters held banners that read, ‘Justice for murdered women’, ‘Murder of women is political’ and ‘Court, it’s murder, not grievous bodily harm.’ 'We have dozens of cases where after reporting domestic violence to the police, these women were killed by their husbands,' the Feminist Thought and Action Collective,...more
July 20, 2021, 8 p.m.
Countries: United Arab Emirates
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"The new law defines domestic violence as abuse or threats that 'exceed [an individual's] guardianship, jurisdiction, authority or responsibility' - meaning that a decision over whether to convict someone of domestic violence ultimately rests on a judge's subjective opinion of whether the accused person was acting within their 'authority'. So, in practice, protections for abuse victims are still weak" (Para 15).
July 20, 2021, 7:53 p.m.
Countries: United Arab Emirates
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"The new law defines domestic violence as abuse or threats that 'exceed [an individual's] guardianship, jurisdiction, authority or responsibility' - meaning that a decision over whether to convict someone of domestic violence ultimately rests on a judge's subjective opinion of whether the accused person was acting within their 'authority'. So, in practice, protections for abuse victims are still weak" (Para 15).
July 16, 2021, 4:37 p.m.
Countries: China
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1, DV-DATA-1

"...Ning Shunhua, expressed frustration in an interview that the court wouldn’t consider evidence that her husband had beaten her. The Hengyang County People’s Court said on its Weibo account it was processing a fifth request and had rejected previous ones because Ms. Ning hadn’t provided enough evidence and her husband had pleaded with her multiple times for forgiveness" (para 22).
July 16, 2021, 11:55 a.m.
Countries: Iraq
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"But the law does not always help women. For example, a male relative can demand that a woman who escaped domestic violence be released by the shelter into their 'care' – often putting them at risk of death.A woman who works at a shelter on the outskirts of Erbil, who wished to remain anonymous, told me: 'We take in these girls and try to protect them. But the men – brothers, cousins and even fathers – that want to kill them are given permission by the attitudes in society. We are seen as whores for defending them, and we are scared for our lives'"(para 67,68).
July 16, 2021, 11:50 a.m.
Countries: Libya

"Social and cultural barriers--including police and judicial reluctance to act and family reluctance to publicize an assault--contributed to lack of effective government enforcement" (p 24).
July 14, 2021, 2:28 p.m.
Countries: Russia
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"Unfortunately, Russian police don’t like to investigate this type of crime. That’s why only 3% of all reported cases are going to court, and almost half of all initially reported cases (40%) related to domestic violence are lost during investigations. Moreover, Russia is one of 18 countries where domestic violence has been decriminalized regardless of all these statistics!" (para 2). "However, according to the official statistics, since 2017, almost 80% of all domestic abusers have been punished with fines instead of being jailed! Moreover, after implementing the new law, the number of domestic violence cases increased 2.5 times according to data collected by local and international NGOs" (para 5). According...more
July 13, 2021, 1:26 p.m.
Countries: Cyprus
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"Police conducted detailed educational programs for officers on the proper handling of domestic violence, including training focused on child abuse. NGOs noted, however, that police dismissed claims of domestic abuse by foreign women and children" (p 15). . "(In TRNC) Violence against women, including spousal abuse, remained a problem. The 'law' prohibits domestic violence under a general assault/violence/battery clause in the 'criminal code'" (P 39).
July 13, 2021, 1:26 p.m.
Countries: Lebanon
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"'We've seen many cases where men divorce women after they abuse them' to escape prosecution in civil courts, said Manal Majed, a lawyer with the Lebanese Women Democratic Gathering, a women's rights group.'Women still have few protections from aggressors in positions of power over them'"(para 25-26).
July 12, 2021, 5:15 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"Child brides being beaten by their husbands will no longer be included in India's biggest survey of domestic violence — potentially hiding the problem and making it even harder for married girls to get help" (para 1).