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Latest items for DV-PRACTICE-2

Jan. 24, 2022, 12:55 p.m.
Countries: Djibouti
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"In 2017 the UNFD also placed a full-time staff member in all refugee camps to provide support for domestic violence victims. International media reported cases of domestic violence in refugee camps, although the status of subsequent investigations was unknown. Impunity remained a problem" (13). "Officials at the Ministry of Justice reported victims of rape and domestic violence often avoided the formal court system in favor of settlements between families. The government seldom enforced victim’s rights" (17).
Jan. 14, 2022, 10:50 a.m.
Countries: Belize
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"The government directed awareness campaigns against gender-based and domestic violence, a domestic violence hotline, and shelters for victims, and major police stations had designated domestic abuse officers, although these measures were not always effective" (12). "...[A] lesbian woman was denied a protective order..." (16). If lesbian women are denied protective orders, they may not report cases of domestic violence (JLR-CODER COMMENT).
Jan. 11, 2022, 12:20 p.m.
Countries: Japan
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"Rape and domestic violence are significantly underreported crimes. According to a survey by the government’s Gender Equality Bureau, only 2.8 percent of sexual assault victims report the crime to police and nearly 60 percent of rape victims do not report the crime. Observers attributed women’s reluctance to report rape to a variety of factors, including fear of being blamed, fear of public shaming, a lack of victim support, potential secondary victimization through the police response, and court proceedings that lacked empathy for rape victims. Victims of abuse by domestic partners, spouses, and former spouses could receive protection at shelters" (17).
Jan. 10, 2022, 10:08 a.m.
Countries: Philippines
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"NGOs reported that because of cultural and social stigmatization, many women did not report rape or domestic violence. Reports of rape and sexual abuse of women in police or protective custody continued; the Center for Women’s Resources stated that 56 police officers were involved in 33 rape cases from July 2016 to October 2018" (26). "The PNP and the Social Welfare Department (DSWD) both maintained help desks to assist survivors of violence against women and to encourage reporting. In addition, the DSWD operated residential centers and community-based programs to assist women and children who were victims of rape, domestic violence, and other abuse. By the end of the second quarter,...more
Jan. 8, 2022, 9:32 p.m.
Countries: Morocco
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"A few NGOs provided shelter, assistance, and guidance for survivors of domestic abuse. There were reports, however, that these shelters were not accessible to persons with disabilities. Courts had 'victims of abuse cells' that brought together prosecutors, lawyers, judges, women’s NGO representatives, and hospital personnel to review domestic and child abuse cases to provide for the best interests of women or children" (31).
Jan. 6, 2022, 12:09 p.m.
Countries: Somalia
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"Women do not report domestic violence. In most cases, these cases are brought to the traiditional elders. If the women's yelling is heard from neighbors, clan elders and family members will intervene" (1).
Jan. 4, 2022, 11:45 p.m.
Countries: Australia
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"Federal and state government programs provide support for victims, including funding for numerous women’s shelters. Police received training in responding to domestic violence" (11-12).
Dec. 27, 2021, 10:10 a.m.
Countries: Taiwan
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"The law stipulates persons learning of cases of child abuse or neglect must notify police or welfare authorities" (12).
Dec. 20, 2021, 11:19 a.m.
Countries: Belgium
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"A number of government-supported shelters and telephone helplines were available across the country for victims of domestic abuse" (9).
Dec. 17, 2021, 6:27 p.m.
Countries: Cote D'Ivoire
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"Victims seldom reported domestic violence due to cultural barriers and because police often ignored women who reported rape or domestic violence. Survivors stressed that although sexual and gender-based violence was an 'everyday reality,' deeply ingrained taboos discouraged them from speaking out. Survivors were ostracized and advocates for survivors reported being threatened. Fear of challenging male authority figures silenced most victims" (19).
Dec. 16, 2021, 11:23 p.m.
Countries: Hungary
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"The Ministry of Human Capacities continued to operate a 24-hour toll-free hotline for victims of domestic violence and trafficking in persons. The ministry also sponsored crisis centers and secret shelters for victims of domestic violence operated by civil society organizations and church institutions. The crisis centers provided immediate accommodation and care for individuals and families for up to 90 days. The secret shelters addressed the needs of severely abused women whose lives were in danger; they were allowed a maximum stay of six months at the shelters. The newest type of service was the 'crisis ambulance,' which provided mobile walk-in consultations--but not accommodation--for victims of domestic violence. NGOs criticized the...more
Dec. 10, 2021, 5:27 p.m.
Countries: Russia
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"The antidomestic violence NGO ANNA Center estimated that 60 to 70 percent of women suffering from some type of domestic violence do not seek help due to fear, public shame, lack of financial independence from their partner, or lack of confidence in law enforcement personnel" (53). "[T]he number of reported domestic violence cases has fallen by half. NGOs working on domestic violence noted that official reporting of domestic violence decreased because the decriminalization deterred women suffering domestic violence from going to police. In contrast, an antidomestic violence hotline center noted an increase in domestic violence complaints after the 2017 amendments, which the center considered to be a direct effect of...more
Dec. 3, 2021, 8:55 p.m.
Countries: Portugal
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2, DV-LAW-3, GP-DATA-5

"The law allows third parties to file domestic violence reports. The government encouraged abused women to file complaints with the appropriate authorities and offered the victim protection against the abuser. The government’s Commission for Equality and Women’s Rights operated 39 safe houses and 26 emergency shelters for victims of domestic violence and maintained an around-the-clock telephone service. Safe-house services included food, shelter, health assistance, and legal assistance. The government-sponsored Mission against Domestic Violence conducted an awareness campaign, trained health professionals, proposed legislation to improve legal assistance to victims, and negotiated protocols with local authorities to assist victims" (10).
Dec. 3, 2021, 6:25 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"In 2020, 2,297 women experienced some form of violence including sexual assault, domestic violence, and acid attacks. The real number, however, is likely much higher because so few cases are reported" (para 18).
Dec. 3, 2021, 9:11 a.m.
Countries: Venezuela
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"The law criminalizes physical, sexual, and psychological violence in the home or community and at work. The law punishes perpetrators of domestic violence with penalties ranging from six to 27 months in prison. The law requires police to report domestic violence to judicial authorities and obligates hospital personnel to notify authorities when admitting patients who are victims of domestic abuse. Police generally were reluctant to intervene to prevent domestic violence and were not properly trained to handle such cases. The law also establishes women’s bureaus at local police headquarters and tribunals specializing in gender-based violence, and two-thirds of states had specialized courts. The Public Ministry’s Women’s Defense Department employed a...more
Dec. 2, 2021, 7:34 p.m.
Countries: Netherlands
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"The Dutch government continued funding for Safe Home, a knowledge hub and reporting center for domestic abuse with 26 regional branches, as the national platform to prevent domestic violence and support victims. The center operated a national 24/7 hotline for persons affected by domestic violence. The government supported the organization Movisie, which assisted survivors of domestic and sexual violence, trained police and first responders, and maintained a website on preventing domestic violence" (12).
Nov. 30, 2021, 2:34 p.m.
Countries: Palestine
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"NGOs reported Palestinian women were frequently unwilling to report cases of violence or abuse to the PA or de facto Hamas authorities due to fear of retribution or little expectation of assistance" (95).
Nov. 30, 2021, 2:33 p.m.
Countries: Israel
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"The Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs, and Social Services operated 14 shelters for survivors of domestic abuse, including two for the Arab community, two mixed Jewish-Arab shelters, two for the ultra-Orthodox community, and eight for nonultra-Orthodox Jewish communities. The ministry also operated a hotline for reporting abuse. The government stated that police officers receive training to interact with persons of different cultures and backgrounds, with an emphasis on special minority communities, although women from certain Orthodox Jewish, Muslim, and Druze communities faced significant social pressure not to report rape or domestic abuse" (33-34).
Nov. 17, 2021, 8:27 p.m.
Countries: Singapore
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"Commentators believe that the number of child abuse cases reported annually is growing due to improved detection efforts, an increase in the availability of support services, and government publicity campaigns that encourage reporting" (23).
Nov. 16, 2021, 6:38 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 or if victims were unwilling to cooperate. The law requires every municipality in the country to set up an interagency team of experts to deal with domestic violence. Centers for victims of domestic violence operated throughout the country. The centers provided social, medical, psychological, and legal assistance to victims; training for personnel who worked with victims; and 'corrective education' programs for abusers" (15).
Nov. 15, 2021, 7:25 p.m.
Countries: Italy
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2, DV-PRACTICE-2

"A new violence against women law adopted on July 17 imposes harsher penalties for crimes of domestic and gender-based violence. The law penalizes rape, including spousal rape, with six to 12 years in prison. The law criminalizes the physical abuse of women (including by family members), provides for the prosecution of perpetrators of violence against women, and helps shield abused women from publicity. Judicial protective measures for violence occurring within a family allow for an ex parte application to a civil court judge in urgent cases. A specific law on stalking includes mandatory detention for acts of sexual violence, including by partners. Police officers and judicial authorities prosecuted perpetrators of...more
Nov. 9, 2021, 11:34 a.m.
Countries: Turkey
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"The law covers all women and requires police and local authorities to grant various levels of protection and support services to survivors of violence or those at risk of violence. It also mandates government services, such as shelter and temporary financial support, for victims and provides for family courts to impose sanctions on perpetrators" (53). "There were 144 women’s shelters nationwide, providing shelter to approximately 30,000 women. Women’s rights advocates asserted there were not enough shelters to meet the demand for assistance and that shelter staff did not provide adequate care and services, particularly in the southeast... Some NGOs noted the lack of services was more acute for elderly women...more
Nov. 8, 2021, 2:18 p.m.
Countries: Spain
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2, DV-PRACTICE-2

"A 24-hour toll-free national hotline advised battered women on finding shelter and other local assistance. Police also alerted female victims of gender-based violence of any changes in prison sentences of their attackers" (15).
Nov. 4, 2021, 7:05 p.m.
Countries: Luxembourg
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"The government funded organizations that provided shelter, counseling, psychosocial assistance, and hotlines. Three separate hotlines were available to assist men, women, and children who were victims of domestic abuse. The government provided financial assistance to domestic violence victims" (9).
Nov. 3, 2021, 4:42 p.m.
Countries: Australia
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"Women and children leaving a violent relationship now have access to a one-off payment of up to $5,000 under a new trial scheme" (p 1).
Nov. 3, 2021, 9:44 a.m.
Countries: India
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2, DV-PRACTICE-2

"The Jammu and Kashmir Police Crime Branch in 2012 revealed that over the past couple of years, 4,066 cases of crimes against women have been registered. These include 1,797 cases of molestation, 1,279 cases of kidnapping and abduction, 426 eve-teasing cases, 195 suicide cases, 187 rape cases, 1 gang rape, 177 cases of cruelty at the hands of husbands, 4 cases under the Dowry Prohibition Act, 1961, one case of dowry death, and two cases of immoral trafficking. However, only 1,832 such incidents were recorded in the women police station" (para 4).
Nov. 3, 2021, 9:41 a.m.
Countries: Ukraine
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"As of late September the government operated 24 shelters for victims of domestic violence and 21 centers for social and psychological aid across the country for victims of domestic violence and child abuse" (43).
Oct. 28, 2021, 12:31 a.m.
Countries: Austria
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"Police referred victims of domestic violence to special shelters and imposed orders barring abusive family members from contact with the victims" (Page 9). "Under the law the government provided psychosocial care in addition to legal aid and support throughout the judicial process to survivors of gender-based violence. Police training programs addressed sexual or gender-based violence and domestic abuse. The government funded privately operated intervention centers and hotlines for victims of domestic abuse" (Page 9).
Oct. 25, 2021, 3:32 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2, DV-PRACTICE-2

"Gender discrimination, the stigma associated with speaking out and a backlogged court system where cases of all kinds linger for years have led women to avoid seeking and receiving justice" (para 11).
Oct. 25, 2021, 2:40 p.m.
Countries: Vietnam
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"Social stigma prevented many survivors from coming forward due to fear of harassment from their spouses or family" (29). "[T]he government, with the help of international and domestic NGOs... supported workshops and seminars that aimed to educate women and men about domestic violence and women’s rights; and highlighted the problem through public awareness campaigns" (29).