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Focus on: India

India: No Private Matter: Confronting Domestic Violence in India

DASRA (India), 2014

Dasra’s research focuses on framing the nebulous and difficult issue of domesc violence in India with the principal aim of identifying high potential non-profit organisations that strategic philanthropy should look to support and scale. This nearly year-long initiative would not have been possible without the support of USAID, the Kiawah Trust and Omidyar Network.

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India: Women, Work & Employment

World Bank, 2014

This report investigates gender and female labor force dynamics by drawing mostly on data from five rounds of the National Sample Survey, India, between 1993-94 and 2011-12. Key findings from the study are grouped below in 3 section: Section 1 describes the dynamics of female LFP looking at its evolution in previous two decades; Section 2 presents the drivers of low level of female participation and its declining trend; Section 3 proposes possible areas of action.

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India: Addressing Comprehensive needs of adolescent girls in India

ICRW, 2013

This report provides the results of research undertaken by the International Center for Research on Women on programs targeting adolescent girls to understand the potential for and inform the design of comprehensive programs for girls that address both their productive and reproductive dimensions of their lives. The study was commissioned and funded by Ford Foundation, New Delhi Office.

Focus on: Indonesia

Indonesia: In The Name of Regional Autonomy: Institutionalisation of Discrimination

Komnas Perempuan (Indonesian National Commission on Violence against Women), 2010

“As many as 154 local bylaws − enacted at the provincial level (19 policies), district/municipal level (134 policies), and village level (one policy) between 1999 and 2009 − have become instrumental in the institutionalisation of discrimination in Indonesia… The discriminatory local bylaws have eroded the authority and certainty of the law. This is so because the ineffective … regional regulations have opened the door for corruption and power abuse, as well as the criminalisation and pauperisation of women.”

Indonesia: It’s not only at home: Womens experience of violence in unequal power relations

Komnas Perempuan (Indonesian National Commission on Violence against Women), 2010

"This Annual Note 2010 is a compilation record of Violence against Women (VAW) that occurred in 2009… The most noticeable pattern of violence this year was sexual and psychological violence which occurred in 3 areas: personal relationships, community and the state. Women victims of domestic violence were mainly wives (96%). The age of victims tended to be younger (aged 13-18, children). The age of perpetrators was in productive age between 25-40 years old.”

Indonesia: Domestic violence against women in rural Indonesia

Elli Nur Hayati [Doctoral Thesis], Department of Public Health, Umeå University, Sweden, 2013

“This thesis aims to contribute to a better understanding of appropriate prevention strategies against domestic violence in rural Indonesia by exploring: i) risk factors for domestic violence; ii) women’s ways of coping with exposure to violence; iii) men’s views on masculinity and violence within marriage; and iv) challenges faced by local service agency in managing services for women survivors of domestic violence.”

Focus on: United Kingdom

UK: Everyone’s business: Improving the police response to domestic abuse

Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary, 2014

"The extent and nature of domestic abuse [in the UK] remains shocking … It costs [UK] society an estimated £15.7 billion a year. 77 women were killed by their partners or ex-partners in 2012/13. In the UK, one in four of young people, aged 10 to 24, reported that they experienced domestic violence and abuse during their childhood. Forces told us that crime relating to domestic abuse constitutes some 8% of all recorded crime in their areas and one third of their recorded assaults with injury. On average the police receive an emergency call relating to domestic abuse every 30 seconds."

UK (England & Wales): Violence against Women & Girls Crime Report 2013-2014

UK Crown Prosecution Service, 2014

“The volumes of police referrals, defendants charged and prosecutions have risen dramatically [in 2013-14], culminating in an 11% increase in the volume of VAWG defendants convicted in 2013-14. For domestic violence, prosecutions reached 74.6%, the highest recorded conviction rate ever ... Across VAWG we have worked with the police to address the fall in volumes which we identified in the last VAWG report (2012-13); succeeding in an overall turnaround during 2013-14. However, for rape, despite beginning to see a rise in volumes, with a 25% rise in defendants charged during 2013-14, the conviction rate fell.”

UK: A Call to end VAWG: Action Plan 2014

UK Government Home Office, 2014

“Driving a Culture Change: It is critical that we have robust laws and that we promote clear policies and guidance to tackle violence against women and girls. But if laws, guidance and policies are to have traction and real world impact, it is also critical that there is a culture within all agencies which is clearly focused on the needs of the victim and taking a partnership approach to tackling these crimes. This Action Plan sets out how we will develop and promote a clear set of leadership behaviours applicable to police, children’s and adult services, and health professionals.”

UK: An Overview of Sexual Offending in England and Wales

UK Ministry of Justice, Home Office & Office for National Statistics, January 2013

“This report brings together, for the first time, a range of official statistics from across the crime and criminal justice system, providing an overview of sexual offending in England and Wales. Most of the information presented in this report has been previously published in other official statistics bulletins. The report is structured to highlight: the victim experience; the police role in recording and detecting the crimes; how the various criminal justice agencies deal with an offender once identified; and the criminal histories of sex offenders.”

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