In 2017 Russia removed criminal penalties from acts of domestic abuse that do not leave lasting physical injury. Russian law makers say that this is not a dismissal of the issue and that it still considers domestic violence to be an important societal problem. However, when reporting leads to nothing more than a fine, women have little incentive to make a formal report.Read More
By Michael T. Moran
The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction was ratified and implemented by numerous Contracting States without providing an exception for victims fleeing their households as a result of domestic violence. Moreover, the Convention’s exceptions have been narrowly construed and typically prevent the child’s return to the original country of residence only if domestic violence was perpetrated against the child. However, in light of the rising number of mothers absconding from the marital home with their children to foreign jurisdictions to avoid further domestic violence against herself or her children, the Convention should be interpreted to afford respondents more opportunity to proffer evidence of domestic abuse in front of the Convention court.Read More
By Monica Macias.
Cities and communities are passing laws to control crime and nuisances. Many of these laws limit the number of times an occupant of a rental property may call the police within a certain time period. Today's post discusses Lakisha Brigg's situation and how these laws penalize domestic violence victims.Read More