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Latest items for DV-PRACTICE-2

June 14, 2022, 5:24 p.m.
Countries: Denmark
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"All women who are victims of violence or threats of violence have access to an extensive nationwide support system covering psychological, social, health care and judicial services and labour market support. According to the Act on Social Services, every municipal council has a legal obligation to provide temporary accommodation for women who have experienced violence, threats of violence or any similar crisis in relation to family or marital status. Women may be accompanied by children and receive care and support during their stay. Women staying at women’s shelters receive introductory and coordinated counselling, and the municipal council must offer psychological treatment to children accompanying their mother at the shelter" (12)....more
June 7, 2022, 10:47 a.m.
Countries: China
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"In order to safeguard the rights and interests of women, efforts have been made to strengthen the development of the rights protection mechanism. Courts at all levels have set up collegial panels for women’s rights, or collegial panels against domestic violence, with nearly 8,000 cadres from women’s confederations acting as people’s jurors. More than 12,000 complaints stations and alert-the-police locations have been established for reporting domestic violence; rescue and assistance stations in nearly 60 cities have set up shelters for domestic violence victims. Counselling and complaints networks have been improved, with unimpeded channels for lodging complaints; the “12338” women’s rights hotline was opened in the country’s 31 provinces (autonomous regions...more
May 30, 2022, 9:08 p.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"Victim assistance statistics show that 74 per cent of all consultations at victim assistance centres in 2013 were requested by female victims, of whom 81 per cent had suffered violence at the hands of a male perpetrator; in 49 per cent of cases, there was a family relationship between the perpetrator and the victim. The benefits provided by victim assistance centres to women victims are most often protection and housing, social and psychological assistance, and financial benefits" (15). "In February 2013 the Federal Council published a report that analyses the decisions by victims of offences to report or not to report them. The authors found that victims of violence often...more
May 27, 2022, 4:14 p.m.
Countries: Turkey
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"There are... 145 [women's] shelters in total across the country serving with a total capacity of 3,482" (6). "'183 Social Support Hotline' within the MoFLSS serves as a psychological, legal and economic advisory hotline for women and children who are at risk of violence and need support and assistance; and provides information about their rights and places to apply. Taking into account the urgency of the situation, intervention is provided by informing the emergency response team manager and/or law enforcement officers of the province where the incident is occurred. This hotline is available 7/24 and is free. Operating in Arabic and Kurdish as well, the hotline is equipped with short...more
May 27, 2022, 11:45 a.m.
Countries: Serbia
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"The Law on the Prevention of Family Violence strengthens protective measures for domestic violence victims by temporarily removing the perpetrator from a home from a minimum of 48 hours to a maximum of 30 days... In April the Ministry of Interior announced introduction of a system of bracelets to identify both victims and perpetrators of domestic violence as a new measure to protect victims. Women’s groups criticized the measure as largely symbolic and saw it as an additional burden for victims with little practical utility" (25). "The ombudsman’s 2018 annual report acknowledged... that 'physical punishment of children is still a widespread educational method,' a trend that likely led child abuse...more
May 12, 2022, 5 p.m.
Countries: Panama
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"The Ombudsman’s Office continued its program Mujer Conoce tus Derechos (Woman, Know Your Rights), which included a wide distribution of flyers. In May the National Institute for Women’s Affairs (INAMU) established 24/7 hotline 182 to give legal guidance to victims of domestic violence. If the caller was at risk during the call, the operator would make a connection with the police" (12). "...Public Ministry statistics as of August reported that 2,090 children were victims of different types of abuse; the Public Ministry believed this figure was underreported. The Ministry of Social Development maintained a free hotline for children and adults to report child abuse and advertised it widely. The ministry...more
April 22, 2022, 1:15 p.m.
Countries: Canada
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"'We know that not even 25 per cent of all cases get reported because women fear the response their going to get and the retribution they're going to get from their male partners afterwards,' said Gennesse. 'They're taking a huge risk for the tiny percentage of the women who tell people about it'" (para 18).
March 28, 2022, 8:57 p.m.
Countries: Latvia
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"The government funded shelters with social support, although there were no anonymous government-run shelters designated specifically for battered and abused women. There was one government-funded victim support hotline and several NGO-managed crisis hotlines; none was dedicated exclusively to rape or assault. The government hotline referred victims to an appropriate NGO for further support" (13).
March 25, 2022, 10:05 p.m.
Countries: Kosovo
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"Sexual violence, including rape, occurring either within or outside the family or domestic unit, is rarely reported by victims, frequently due to social stigma or lack of trust in authorities" (22). "The government licensed and supported seven NGOs to assist children and female victims of domestic violence. Ten shelters for victims of domestic violence housed victims of trafficking and other crimes. Both NGOs and shelters reported concerns the government consistently underfunds and delays payment to ensure their functioning" (23). "The incidence of child abuse in the majority population was unknown due to social stigma" (25).
March 25, 2022, 9:33 p.m.
Countries: Armenia
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"According to some officials, the absence of a definition of domestic violence in the criminal code hampered their ability to fight domestic violence. On October 10, the government approved a decision to create a centralized database for registering domestic violence cases" (28). "According to some NGO representatives, women alleging they had been raped were sometimes questioned concerning previous sexual experiences and subjected to a 'virginity test'" (28).
March 25, 2022, 8:54 p.m.
Countries: United Arab Emirates
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"Victims of domestic abuse may file complaints with police units stationed in major public hospitals. Social workers and counselors, usually female, also maintained offices in public hospitals and police stations. There were domestic abuse centers in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Ras al-Khaimah, and Sharjah. The government, in coordination with social organizations, sought to increase awareness of domestic violence, conducting seminars, educational programs, symposiums, and conferences. The Dubai Foundation for Women and Children increased awareness of domestic violence through social media, television, radio programming, and advertising; by hosting workshops; and sponsoring a hotline" (27). "The law prohibits child abuse, and the government has taken steps to increase awareness of the issue, including...more
March 21, 2022, 3:27 p.m.
Countries: Serbia
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"significant obstacles faced by women, in particular Roma women and women with disabilities, seeking protection from violence" (6).
March 17, 2022, 12:41 p.m.
Countries: Ireland
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"A Dublin women’s refuge organisation has said it has no option but to turn away around 70% of the calls for help that come in. It comes after a Tusla report into the accommodation available to victims of domestic violence warned that there are not enough spaces available to meet Ireland’s needs" (Para. 1-2). "The report, due to be published this week, highlights parts of the country that have no access to services and calls for more than 50 extra refuge spaces" (Para. 3). "It comes as the Government prepares to announce a new agency to oversee the State response to sexual, domestic and gender-based violence. The agency will form...more
March 15, 2022, 11:02 a.m.
Countries: Lithuania
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"The country had a 24/7 national hotline and 29 crisis centers for victims of domestic violence. In 2018 the Ministry of Social Security and Labor provided an additional 1,470,026 euros ($1.62 million) to transform 17 of those crisis centers into specialized assistance centers that provide additional services, such as health and legal specialists who meet with victims of domestic violence immediately after a conflict. The ministry also continued its Action Plan for Domestic Violence Prevention and Assistance to Victims for 2017-2020 and allocated 1,173,075 euros ($1.29 million) for the year" (11). "The law bans all violence against children. Sexual abuse of children remained a problem despite prison sentences of up...more
March 11, 2022, 9:21 p.m.
Countries: Iceland
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"During the COVID-19 pandemic—reflecting trends globally—reports of domestic violence in Iceland have risen; two women were allegedly murdered by family members in the first weeks of the country’s partial lockdown, a significant spike for a country of just 360,000 people. While globally 38 percent of murders of women are committed by a male partner, according to the Commissioner of National Police this figure is 50 percent for Iceland. Of course, not all instances of domestic violence result in death or visits to the hospital, and like in other countries, a large percentage of cases of domestic abuse go unreported for a variety of reasons, including fear of retribution" (Para. 4)....more
March 10, 2022, 10:53 p.m.
Countries: Lebanon
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"Police... noted that social and religious pressures--especially in more conservative communities--led to underreporting of cases, while some victims sought arbitration through religious courts or between families rather than through the justice system" (31). "During the year ISF and judicial officials received training on best practices for handling cases involving female detainees, including victims of domestic violence and sexual exploitation" (31). "The Ministry of Social Affairs had a hotline to report cases of child abuse. In a typical example, representatives of a local shelter for abused women and children described a case of a father who sexually and physically abused a child in the shelter’s care. According to the organization, the...more
March 10, 2022, 9:58 a.m.
Countries: Peru
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"Violence against women and girls--including rape, spousal abuse, and sexual, physical, and psychological abuse--was a serious national problem with increased visibility. The Ministry of Women and Vulnerable Populations continued to operate service centers with police, prosecutors, counselors, and public welfare agents to help victims. NGOs expressed concerns about the quality and quantity of the program’s services, particularly in rural areas. The ministry operated a toll-free hotline and implemented projects to sensitize government employees and the citizenry to domestic violence. The government continued efforts to expand temporary shelters, but NGOs and members of Congress stated there were not enough" (14). "Violence against children and sexual abuse of children were serious nationwide...more
March 9, 2022, 8:57 a.m.
Countries: Italy
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"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" (28). "In these territories it was prepared a system for the direct access to local services, even in cases of emergency, as conveyed by telephone reception service 1522 (this includes a direct transfer of the call, from the call centre to the anti-violence centre being active on the opening hours to public). The 1522 is available...more
March 4, 2022, 6:57 p.m.
Countries: Fiji
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"Although event organizers said authorities were sometimes very slow to issue permits, they granted permits for public rallies in support of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) community and the 16 Days of Activism against Domestic Violence Campaign. Authorities, however, denied permits for public-service unions and the political opposition to protest" (10). "...Increasing urbanization, overcrowding, and the breakdown of traditional community and extended-family structures put children at risk for abuse and appeared to be contributing factors to a child’s chance of exploitation for commercial sex. Reports indicated the number of child-abuse cases in the country increased and more children sought shelter at state-funded homes. The government continued its...more
Feb. 23, 2022, 3:02 p.m.
Countries: Senegal
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"The number of incidents of domestic violence, which many citizens considered a normal part of life, were much higher than the number of cases reported" (15). Domestic violence being considered a normal part of life is likely a barrier to reporting (SFR - CODER COMMENT).
Feb. 17, 2022, 11:59 a.m.
Countries: Paraguay
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"...According to NGOs and the Ministry of Women’s Affairs, domestic violence was widespread, and thousands of women received treatment for injuries sustained in domestic altercations. In many instances victims asked prosecutors to drop cases against their attackers due to fear of reprisals, allowing their attackers’ crimes to go unpunished. In September a man was recorded on video attacking his former girlfriend near the city of Coronel Oviedo. The attacker punched and kicked the victim and also cut her hair with a pocketknife; however, prosecutors dropped the case at the victim’s request. The ministry promoted a national 24-hour telephone hotline for victims. The ministry also operated a shelter and coordinated victim...more
Feb. 11, 2022, 5:23 p.m.
Countries: Romania
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"The law provides for the issuance of provisional restraining orders by police for a maximum of five days and restraining orders by a court for a maximum of six months upon the victim’s request or at the request of a prosecutor, the state representative in charge of protecting victims of family violence, or, if the victim agrees, a social service provider. Violation of a restraining order is punishable by imprisonment for one month to one year. The court may also order an abuser to undergo psychological counselling" (22-23). "Police condoned violence against women and girls. In April the head of the Bacau County Police Inspectorate stated during a radio show...more
Feb. 11, 2022, 5 p.m.
Countries: Thailand
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"The Ministry of Public Health operated one-stop crisis centers to provide information and services to victims of physical and sexual abuse throughout the country. The law establishes measures designed to facilitate both the reporting of domestic violence complaints and reconciliation between the victim and the perpetrator. Moreover, the law restricts media reporting on domestic-violence cases in the judicial system. NGOs expressed concern the law’s family unity approach puts undue pressure on a victim to compromise without addressing safety issues and led to a low conviction rate" (32). "The government operated shelters for domestic-violence victims, one in each province. The government’s crisis centers, located in all state-run hospitals, cared for abused...more
Feb. 5, 2022, 9:24 a.m.
Countries: Mozambique
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"Many cases of domestic violence were not reported to authorities. According to NGO and media reports, many families preferred to settle rape allegations through informal community courts or privately through financial remuneration rather than through the formal judicial system. Government agencies and NGOs implemented public outreach campaigns to combat violence against women nationwide. Police and NGOs worked together to combat domestic violence. The PRM operated special women and children’s units within police precincts that received high numbers of cases of domestic violence, sexual assault, and violence against children" (15).
Feb. 4, 2022, 7:59 p.m.
Countries: Norway
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"The government had programs to prevent rape and domestic violence, and offices within the police districts offered counseling and support to victims. All police districts had a domestic violence coordinator. In March the government launched a three-year Action Plan against Rape outlining 33 specific measures to be taken, focusing on prevention, improvements of care and services to victims, and improvements to the judicial system. Public and private organizations operated 47 government-funded shelters and managed five 24-hour crisis hotlines. Victims of domestic violence have a right to consult a lawyer free of charge before deciding whether to make a formal complaint. If the government initiates criminal proceedings, the victim is entitled...more
Feb. 2, 2022, 12:28 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, who often pressured victims to return to their abusers. Various media articles reported during the year a general reluctance of victims to report domestic violence. Women filing legal actions against their husbands faced criticism from their families and communities" (19). "Victims of domestic violence from vulnerable populations could receive assistance from advisory centers, called Centers for Listening and Legal Advice, set up in several regions by the Ministry of Population, Social Protection, and Promotion of Women with the support of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). These centers counseled survivors on...more
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