Stop Violence Against Women - Website







June 2013


In This Issue:

StopVAW Website News  

National News

International and Regional News

New Research and Reports

The Stop Violence Against Women website (StopVAW) is a forum for information, advocacy, and change. The site addresses violence against women as one of the most pervasive human rights abuses worldwide. StopVAW provides women's rights advocates with information and advocacy tools focused on ending the most endemic forms of violence against women, including domestic violence, sexual assault, sexual harassment, and trafficking in persons.




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StopVAW Update: The following sub-pages of United Nations Documents that Protect Women's Rights have been updated:

  • UN Treaties the Protect Women's Rights;
  • UN Resolutions on Violence Against Women; and 
  • Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women 
     Learn more

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nationalnewsNational News




  • Afghanistan: United Nations Encourages Implementation of Anti-Violence Law  (More information)     


Democratic Republic of Congo       

  • Democratic Republic of Congo: UN Releases Report on Systematic Rapes Committed by Congolese Army  (More information)    




  • European Court of Human Rights: Moldovan Authorities Failed to Protect Domestic Violence Victim  (More information)  



  • Netherlands: Women's Rights Advocates Concerned with Police Involvement in Arranged Marriage (More information) 




Saudi Arabia    

  United States

  • United States: Annual Report Reveals Growing Sexual Assault Cases in the Military (More information)  
  • United States: Elizabeth Smart Speaks Out Against Obsession with Women's Sexual Purity (More information) 


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ResearchandReportsNew Research and Reports


New Report: Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women, its Causes and Consequences Releases Report on Due Diligence (More information) 


New Resource: European Institute for Gender Equality Provides New Databases for Domestic Violence Resources  (More information)


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InternationalandRegionalInternational and Regional News


Europe: Victims of Domestic Violence Suffer from Austerity Measures

(More information)

Inter-Parliamentary Union: Statement on Sexual Violence Against Women 

(More information)


New Study Finds Decade of Cultural Change has Influenced Domestic Violence Worldwide (More information)

Europe: New European Union Regulation Would Extend Coverage of Protection Orders (More information)

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Is your country in the process of drafting or amending a domestic violence law?

The Advocates for Human Rights provides commentary to laws and amendments on domestic violence upon request. See examples of our Commentary on National Laws here.


Additionally, The Advocates for Human Rights works on domestic violence legal reform, including trainings for legal professionals and extensive research and reports that monitor domestic violence laws and implementation in partner countries. Learn more about this work.


To request commentary or to inquire further, please contact Cheryl Thomas at cthomas@advrights.org.


Current staff members of The Advocates for Human Rights involved with the development of StopVAW include: Mary Ellingen, Beatriz Menanteau, Mary O'Brien, Rosalyn Park, Robin Phillips, Helen Rubenstein, and Cheryl Thomas. Current fellows, interns, and volunteers include Claire Kelly, Thea Reilkoff, Linnea VanPilsum-Bloom, Kate Vohs and Aurelija Olendraite.


www.stopvaw.org / www.theadvocatesforhumanrights.org