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Assessment of Domestic Violence Laws, Policies & Practices in Central and Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union

This report is based on a desk review using human rights reports, news, personal communications, government and inter-governmental organizations’ documents, and other secondary sources. The authors compared information for each country against international standards to identify the laws and practices that best promote victim safety and offender accountability. The Advocates evaluated several indicators, including: 1) the current laws and recent legal developments; 2) government will toward improving its response; 3) mechanisms for government accountability; 4) the strength of civil society; and 5) the current status of government and non-governmental efforts to eliminate violence against women. With the adoption of new laws, varying resources, and other shifting factors, this area of information is continuously changing. The information presented in this assessment reflects information available at the time of publication.