Gender based violence #femicide. Protector and perpetrator – A male preserve

Reeva SteenkampLet REEVA STEENKAMP’S name never be forgotten, because she was a stalwart spokesperson for Women’s rights and VAW (Violence Against Women)

Femicide is the ultimate form of violence against women and girls and takes multiple forms. Its many causes are rooted in the historically unequal power relations between men and women and in systemic gender – based discrimination.  For a case to be considered femicide there must be an implied intention to carry out the murder and a demonstrated connection between the crime and the female gender of the victim.

So far, data on femicide have been highly unreliable and the estimated numbers of women who have been victims of femicides vary accordingly.
Femicides take place in every country of the world. The greatest concern related to femicide is that these murders continue to be accepted, tolerated or justified – with impunity as the norm. To end femicide we need to end impunity, bring perpetrators to justice, and every individual has to change his/her attitude towards women [SOURCE is a long PDF but #mustread]


Gender-based violence against women is a global phenomenon with appalling incidence everywhere. In 2013 WHO, along with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the Medical Research Council, analysed existing data from 80 countries and found that an alarming 35% of women experienced gender-based violence. 30% of women experienced physical and/or sexual violence at the hands of their partner and 38% of murders of women were committed by intimate partners. These statistics do not take account of unreported incidence, nor of the damaging non-physical or non-sexual violence which many women experience [SOURCE]



#MustWatch “Asking for it” #YesAllWomen

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The final frontier of denial, “asking for it” is a mentality people use to justify the world being less horrible than it is. Most commonly it is used to pretend that a rape victim ‘subliminally’ or ‘subtly’ gave consent, but it can also be used in context to say someone who leaves a quarter on the ground is just as guilty as the thief who steals it of the crime, having ‘tempted’ the criminal or perpetrator. In extremist cases, such as a few sects of Muslim religion, some women are forced to cover their hair to prevent ‘tempting’ men.Pertaining to sex, it is statistically estimated that about 1/3 men buy in Britain conform to the “asking for it” mentality.
“Did you hear about Katie? I feel really sorry for her.”
“Nah, man, she was asking for it.”
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#FreeThe4 Domestic Violence. Silence hides abuse

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Domestic violence and abuse: new definition

The cross-government definition of domestic violence and abuse is:

any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are, or have been, intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality. The abuse can encompass, but is not limited to:

  • psychological

  • physical

  • sexual

  • financial

  • emotional

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Controlling behaviour

Controlling behaviour is a range of acts designed to make a person subordinate and/or dependent by isolating them from sources of support, exploiting their resources and capacities for personal gain, depriving them of the means needed for independence, resistance and escape and regulating their everyday behaviour.

Coercive behaviour

Coercive behaviour is an act or a pattern of acts of assault, threats, humiliation and intimidation or other abuse that is used to harm, punish, or frighten their victim.

This is not a legal definition.

Definition of domestic violence and abuse: guide for local areas

To help local areas consider the consider how the extension to the definition of domestic violence and abuse may impact on their services, the Home Office, in partnership with Against Violence and Abuse (AVA) has produced a guide for local areas.

A guide for Wales is currently being developed and will be published in due course.

Forced marriage

Read information and practice guidelines for professionals protecting, advising and supporting victims of forced marriage.

Three steps to escaping domestic violence

Read the leaflet the Home Office developed with Southall Black Sisters at women in black and minority ethnic communities: Three steps to escaping domestic violence.

Domestic abuse and young people

The changes to the definition of domestic raise awareness that young people in the 16 to 17 age group can also be victims of domestic violence and abuse.

By including this age group the government hopes to encourage young people to come forward and get the support they need, through a helpline or specialist service.

Young people’s panel

A young people’s panel will be set up by the NSPCC. The panel will consist of up to 5 members between the age of 16 and 22, who will work with the government on domestic violence policy and wider work to tackle violence against women and girls.

Domestic violence disclosure scheme

From 8 March 2014, the domestic violence disclosure scheme will be implemented across England and Wales. This follows the successful conclusion of a 1 year pilot in the Greater Manchester, Nottinghamshire, West Mercia and Wiltshire police force areas.

Right to ask

Under the scheme an individual can ask police to check whether a new or existing partner has a violent past. This is the ‘right to ask’. If records show that an individual may be at risk of domestic violence from a partner, the police will consider disclosing the information. A disclosure can be made if it is legal, proportionate and necessary to do so.

Right to know

This enables an agency to apply for a discloure if the agency believes that an indivdual is at risk of domestic violence from their partner. Again, the police can release information if it is lawful, necessary and proportionate to do so.

The pilot assessment report and the impact assessment on the disclosure scheme are available. You can also read the domestic violence disclosure scheme guidance.

Domestic violence protection notices and orders

Domestic violence protection orders (DVPOs) are being implemented across England and Wales from 8 March 2014. This follows the successful conclusion of a 1 year pilot in the West Mercia, Wiltshire and Greater Manchester police force areas.

Domestic violence protection orders are a new power that fills a gap in providing protection to victims by enabling the police and magistrates to put in place protection in the immediate aftermath of a domestic violence incident.

With DVPOs, a perpetrator can be banned with immediate effect from returning to a residence and from having contact with the victim for up to 28 days, allowing the victim time to consider their options and get the support they need.

Before the scheme, there was a gap in protection, because police couldn’t charge the perpetrator for lack of evidence and so provide protection to a victim through bail conditions, and because the process of granting injunctions took time.

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The DVPO evaluation report and the DVPO impact assessment are available. You can also read the DVPO interim guidelines.

Real life story of Munira

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#FreeThe4 Behind closed doors. Story of Munira in Saudi Arabia

 Saudi Arabia should produce statistics on Domestic Violence.

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Domestic violence often doesn’t just happen, it is a slow progression.

“My name is Munira and I’m 18 years old. I live in Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia. Me, my mother and my siblings suffer a horrible situation here. We have nowhere to go except my father’s house, he beats me and beats my brother.

He thinks that we’re his property.

We shouldn’t say no to anything that he said, but when we refuse he locks the house so we can not run from him. He now took my education from me and this is my last year of high school so I can graduate and go to college. He said that I’m not gonna go to school anymore because I didn’t do what he wants.

He always threaten us. My mother can’t have a job with out his permission we can’t do anything with out his permission!

That’s the law here.

The men must accept the women’s choices, if any woman doesn’t have a man with her, means her life is over.

And it shouldn’t be any man! It should be a father or a husband only! But our father is an xxxxxxx he’s so selfish and mean!!!! He doesn’t believe in human rights.

My youngest brother is mentally retarded, my father didn’t do anything about it. My mother has  heart disease, my father threaten her that he’ll stop her treatment.

We’re locked here without money, without rights or freedom. We’re afraid that our lives can be taken from us anytime.

When my mother asked help from her brothers they kicked her and said you belong to your husband if you don’t want him then your kids will be with him and you have to find somewhere else to live.

How can we live without our mom?”



Abuse of women behind closed doors is not a PRIVATE MATTER but gobsmacking Intl CRIME fights for rights. No If’s No But’s. Wakeup


 The Guardian articles on Domestic Violence

#FreeThe4 alakhbar carries @AlanouDAlfayez plea

#FreeThe4 Banaz’ story on Honour and Sexuality in traditional culture

The violence behind closed doors



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