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Latest items for DV-PRACTICE-2

Sept. 25, 2021, 9:48 p.m.
Countries: Czech Republic
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"NGOs reported the [government's budget] cuts would lead to their closure or very limited services affecting ...other services they provide such as counseling and legal support to sexually abused women or victims of domestic violence" (15). "The government supported a widely used hotline for crime and domestic violence victims. The Vodafone Foundation, police, and the NGO Rosa launched a new mobile application, Bright Sky CZ, in October. The application enables endangered persons to document incidents of domestic violence and provides a list of nearby domestic violence support services. It also serves as a resource for family and friends to help those suffering from abuse" (15-16).
Sept. 22, 2021, 10:41 a.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

""[T]he Committee urges the State party:...To ensure that all alleged violations of international human rights and humanitarian law, including conflict-related sexual violence, are investigated promptly, effectively and in a transparent manner in order to hold the perpetrators to account; (d) To ensure that all perpetrators of gender-based violence against women, including those of high social rank and public officials, police officers and members of the armed forces, are prosecuted and adequately punished; (e) To adopt gender-sensitive guidelines for the judiciary on the enforcement of the Law on Elimination of Violence against Women, gender- sensitive investigation and interrogation methods and measures to prevent and punish the concealment or destruction of evidence,...more
Sept. 17, 2021, 10:28 p.m.
Countries: Guatemala
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"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-2

"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). "The E Tu Whanau program is a Maori-centered response, supported by government social services resources, to high...more
Sept. 13, 2021, 2:24 p.m.
Countries: China
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"Some scholars said victims were encouraged to attempt to resolve domestic violence through mediation. Societal sentiment that domestic violence was a personal, private matter contributed to underreporting and inaction by authorities when women faced violence at home" (65). "The government supported shelters for victims of domestic violence, and some courts provided protections to victims, including through court protective orders prohibiting a perpetrator of domestic violence from coming near a victim" (65). "The Domestic and Cohabitation Relationships Violence Ordinance [in Hong Kong] allows survivors to seek a three-month injunction, extendable to six months, against an abuser. The ordinance covers abuse between married couples, heterosexual and homosexual cohabitants, former spouses or cohabitants,...more
Sept. 8, 2021, 4:30 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"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). "The penal code criminalizes assault, and courts convicted domestic abusers under this provision, as well as under the 'injury and disability' and beating provisions in the EVAW law. According to NGO reports, millions of...more
Sept. 5, 2021, 4:03 p.m.
Countries: Lebanon
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2, DV-LAW-1

"In the case of Lebanon, there have been several normative and institutional measures adopted to address violence against women in the past few years, including among others, the passing of the domestic violence law in 2014, the establishment of a national technical working group on ending violence against women in 2012, and the repeal of article 562 of the Lebanese Criminal Code of 2011" (para 5).
Sept. 5, 2021, 3:59 p.m.
Countries: China
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"As she lay in the hospital after the assault, with fractures in her waist, chest and eye socket and her lower limbs temporarily paralyzed, Ms. Liu said, she was determined to leave her husband for good. But a court said no. Ms. Liu’s case has set off a nationwide debate about two of the biggest issues facing women in China: the prevalence of domestic violence and the difficulties of getting justice in a legal system stacked against them" (para 3-5). If victims are unable to get justice, they are unlikely to report cases (CAT - CODER COMMENT). "It was only in recent years that domestic violence came to be seen...more
Aug. 31, 2021, 6:27 p.m.
Countries: Albania
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"The government operated one shelter to protect survivors of domestic violence and three shelters for victims of human trafficking that also accommodated victims of domestic violence" (p 18).
Aug. 28, 2021, 11:07 a.m.
Countries: Estonia
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"National victim support system helped 3407 persons in 2007, 34% of them were victims of domestic violence. In 2010 the respective numbers were 2872 and 47%, in 2011 4671 and 38%; in 2012 4510 and 46%. Data gath ered is not disaggregated by sex. Womens shelters provided services to 301 victims in 2007 and to 501 victims in 2008. In 2011, 1180 women and with them 204 children turned to the shelters for help, including for temporary residence and counselling se rvices. 224 women and 114 children needed a temporary place to stay. In 2012, the numbers had risen to 1570 women and 193 children of whom 167 women and...more
Aug. 23, 2021, 7:05 p.m.
Countries: Tanzania
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"There were some government efforts to combat violence against women. Police maintained 417 gender and children desks in regions throughout the country to support victims and address relevant crimes. In Zanzibar, at One Stop Centers in both Unguja and Pemba, victims could receive health services, counseling, legal assistance, and a referral to police" (p 23).
Aug. 20, 2021, 1:37 p.m.
Countries: Cambodia

"Rape and domestic violence were likely underreported due to fear of reprisal, social discrimination, and the distrust of the judiciary. Women comprised a very small proportion of judicial officials... which likely contributed to underreporting of rape and domestic abuse" (21).
Aug. 17, 2021, 2:50 p.m.
Countries: Sierra Leone
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"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). "Medical and psychological services for rape victims were limited. Police often required victims to obtain a medical report for the filing of charges, examinations, reports, and court appearances, and most government doctors charged fees that were prohibitively expensive for most victims. The law provides that the victim of a...more
Aug. 6, 2021, 11:54 a.m.
Countries: Chile

"The Ministry of Women and Gender Equality ran a victims’ assistance and protection program that operated psychological, legal, and social assistance centers and shelters throughout the country and maintained an emergency hotline" (9).
July 29, 2021, 8:37 p.m.
Countries: Canada
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"Of the 128 women and girls killed by a man in 2020, the type of relationship they shared was known for 88 victims of which 36, or 41 per cent, involved a current or former intimate partner relationship" (Para 7). "But there have been increases in crisis calls to shelters, as well as more serious and frequent instances of violence during the pandemic, said Anuradha Dugal, vice-president of community initiatives at the Canadian Women's Foundation in Montreal" (Para 10).
July 27, 2021, 8:22 p.m.
Countries: Brazil
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2, DV-DATA-1

"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 27, 2021, 6:27 p.m.
Countries: Yemen
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"A neighbour helped Alea escape. She has been living at the shelter for over five months, attending training workshops and dreaming of returning to school" (Para 16). "'I spoke to young girls and pregnant women who had to flee for their lives and seek protection at UNFPA sites, which are among the very few safe spaces for women and girls,' Dr. Kanem said. UNFPA is supporting eight such shelters and 51 women’s and girls’ safe spaces. Last year, UNFPA provided more than half of all health facilities in Yemen with essential life-saving medicines and reached more than 1.2 million women and girls with reproductive health services" (Para 17-18).more
July 27, 2021, 4:39 p.m.
Countries: Madagascar
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"There were few shelters for battered women in the country, and many returned to the home of their parents, where parents often pressured them to return to their abusers" (p 21). "Victims of domestic violence from vulnerable populations could receive assistance from advisory centers, called Centers for Listening and Legal Advice (CECJ), set up in several regions by the Ministry of Population, Social Protection, and Promotion of Women with the support of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA). These centers counseled survivors on where to go for medical care, provided psychological assistance, and helped them start legal procedures to receive alimony from their abusers" (p 21). "In Nosy Be, the local...more
July 23, 2021, 2:27 p.m.
Countries: Macedonia
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"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). "The government ran seven limited-capacity shelters, and one NGO operated a shelter that could accommodate 30 at-risk women. A national NGO operated a hotline in both the Macedonian and the Albanian languages and ran two crisis centers to provide temporary shelter for victims of domestic violence" (p 26).
July 21, 2021, 11:24 p.m.
Countries: Kuwait
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"So where does Kuwait go from now? In a statement released online by Lan Asket and the Women's Alliance, activists called on the government to take a number of immediate actions. These include the implementation of the Domestic Violence Law, the opening of women's refuges, the creation of a telephone hotline to log women's complaints along with a process for dealing with them, training of police officers to better deal with cases of abuse and harassment against women, and the requirement of the presence of female police officers in such cases" (Para 24-25) This suggests there are currently no shelters or hotlines for victims of domestic violence (CLM-CODER COMMENT).more
July 21, 2021, 10:48 a.m.
Countries: Sweden
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"At the Stockholm headquarters of Sweden's National Organisation for Women's Shelters, Roks, its head Jenny Westerstrand agrees there's been a sense of public fatigue surrounding domestic assaults in recent years that needs to be addressed" (Para 16).
July 20, 2021, 8:12 p.m.
Countries: Kosovo
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"Today, Magbule – whom BIRN cannot identify or describe – is one of seven residents of a safe house for victims of domestic abuse in the southern Kosovo city of Prizren" (Para 4). "The safe houses that can help them are struggling to cope financially, and experts say the way authorities deal with cases of domestic violence is not helping" (Para 6). "At the end of last year, Kosovo’s government at the time allocated 105,000 euros for shelters. But Jubilea Kabashi, director of the Prizren shelter, said it was not enough, not least because some women end up staying longer than the three to six months the shelter usually provides...more
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-2

"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). According to the figure entitled "Domestic violence in Russia", "60-70% of victims do not seek help" (para 5). Since the majority of women facing domestic violence do not report, it is likely that there are taboos against reporting domestic violence (JLR-CODER COMMENT).
July 13, 2021, 1:26 p.m.
Countries: Cyprus
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"Survivors of domestic violence had two shelters, each funded primarily by the government" (p 15). "(In TRNC) There were reports of child abuse. As with domestic violence, there were social and cultural disincentives to seeking legal remedies for such problems" (p 40).
July 13, 2021, 1:26 p.m.
Countries: Lebanon
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"The official figures reflect a similar trend noted by women's rights organisation ABAAD, which saw calls to its helpline triple to 4,127 in 2020, up from 1,375 in 2019"(para 19).
July 12, 2021, 5:15 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"India began asking questions about domestic abuse as part of the national health survey in 2005-06, after the country's Domestic Violence Act was passed. Since then, the research has shined a light on a largely hidden form of violence against women, and revealed that few women go to the police to report abusive husbands" (para 8-9). "Only 14% of women who suffered domestic violence sought help from the police, and of them only 3% reached out to the police, the health survey data shows. 'These girls lack the support to report the matter to the police as they ask for a family elder to accompany them. Schools do not have...more
July 1, 2021, 9:12 p.m.
Countries: Canada

"'We know that at the root of domestic violence is that sense of ... ownership or power over someone,' said Hutton, whose organization runs two shelters for women fleeing violence" (para 18).
July 1, 2021, 2:29 p.m.
Countries: Ukraine
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"[I]t’s estimated that only a quarter of the victims of domestic violence even dare to report the crime" (para 5). If women need to "dare to report" domestic violence, then there are cultural barriers to reporting domestic violence (SFR - CODER COMMENT).
June 30, 2021, 4:23 p.m.
Countries: Turkey
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2, DV-LAW-2

"The 24-year-old victim and her daughter have been offered protection by the social services agencies 'All necessary social service models and psychosocial support will be provided to the mother and our child,' said Zehra Zumrut, the family, labour and social services minister" (para 8-9).