Controversial amendments to Russian law decriminalised some forms of domestic violence in February. The changes mean violence against a spouse or children that results in bruising or bleeding but not broken bones is punishable by 15 days in prison or a fine of 30,000 rubles (£380) if they do not happen more than once a year. Previously, these offences carried a maximum jail sentence of two years. Marina Pisklakova-Parker, head of the Anna Centre, an NGO which provides support to victims of domestic abuse, told the Guardian women were “having to pay the fines of the perpetrator of the abuse, if the man does not pay”
After conducting focus groups with women about their experience of committing offences in response to coercive and controlling behaviour from a partner, researchers identified strong links between women’s experience of domestic and sexual abuse and coercive relationships and their offending. They warned that this can trap women in a “vicious cycle of victimisation and criminal activity”, often exacerbated by poverty, substance dependency or poor mental health, and having a severely detrimental impact on any dependent children.
It is estimated that hundreds of thousands of women in France are victims of abuse by their partner in every year. On the eve of International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, here's a look at the challenge France faces in combating this scourge. In France, a woman dies at the hands of her live-in partner every three days. In 2016, this amounted to 123 deaths. In 2012, 148 women were killed compared to 121 in 2011.
In a series of tweets posted on Saturday, an officer from Lochaber & Skye police in Scotland wrote: "We know you follow this account and want you to see this. "We’ve told you previously that we think you are at risk of domestic abuse from your partner." The tweets urge a woman to leave her violent partner, but it is understood that they do not relate to a specific woman, but are intended to strike a chord with any woman who is in a similar situation.
So far, three-quarters of participants have either launched their business or they’re in the prelaunch stage, and all of them make a profit in their first month of business. They’re almost entirely B2C businesses building on survivors’ existing skills, including a cleaning service, hair styling, catering, and jewelry design. Most importantly: None of the survivors have returned to their abuser.
Mrs Macron said: "I'm very happy that women are speaking out. It could be a cloud with a silver lining." She added: "That's enough. I think that all this (harassment) must stop very quickly. Freeing up speech is the best thing that could happen. (The women who speak out) are very brave to do so. I urge them to break their silence. It's wonderful. Something is happening, really."
“[We’ll be] looking at our role as men in ending gender-based violence, what it means to be an ally to women in this work and recognizing that these really rigid notions of masculinity that society places on us, that we sometimes place on ourselves, are really harmful to men’s mental and emotional and physical health. They are things that aren’t talked about a lot.”
In particular, as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month begins in the U.S., it’s worth noting that the vast majority of women in prison are single mothers who have been victims of domestic and/or sexual violence. These concerns have rarely been part of prison-reform discussions, and yet this fact is typical of the history of women’s incarceration in our country.
Zubia and a new shelter manager, Troy Campbell, who stepped into the job last week, are part of a growing number of men who are becoming engaged in the effort to combat violence toward women, as well as child abuse and other types of relationship abuse. They hope to ensure that Esperanza — which opened one of the nation’s first safe havens for abused women in the 1970s and pioneered treatment services for offenders in the 1990s — remains a leader in the movement against family violence by enlisting more men in the effort.