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Poland - Human Rights Council - Domestic Violence - March 2017

Date: March 1, 2017
Country: Poland
Type: Intl Mechanism Submission
Issues: Gender-Based Violence, International Advocacy, Policing, Women's Rights
Mechanism: Universal Periodic Review
Report Type: Call for Inputs
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Violence against women is a serious problem in Poland, annually affecting around 800,000 women. Approximately 400 to 500 women die each year as a result of domestic violence (including femicides and severe violence resulting in the death or suicide of victims of domestic violence). The government does not collect reliable statistics on femicides. Although Poland has made changes to its legal system related to its ratification of the Istanbul Convention, significant substantive and procedural shortcomings limit access to justice for victims of domestic violence.