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Belarusian Men And Women Protest Against Deadly Domestic Violence

Belarus doesn’t have a law preventing domestic violence. Last year the Ministry of Internal Affairs proposed a bill that would have covered all forms of domestic violence and measures to determine, prevent and combat it. However, President Alexander Lukashenko rejected it. 

Last Saturday, on 28 December, a group of March on, Baby activists gathered to hold a picket to support the Law Against Domestic Violence. It was the first time the city authorities allowed to hold the picket.

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“We would like to say that we are against any kind of violence against all people – women, men, children, elderly people, and people with disabilities. Violence is not the norm. We want Belarus to introduce a law to combat domestic violence, ” said Svetlana Gatalskaya, the coordinator of the March on, Baby initiative group.

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From left to right: Stop romatizing violence. If he beats doesn’t mean he loves; Not a family; Why there’s domestic violence but there’s no law, while it should be vice versa.

domestic violence law belarus march on baby

A woman was killed by her boyfriend, she was kicked, beaten and hit with an axe 8 times

According to the MIA, about 2,5 thousand domestic violence crimes are committed in Belarus a year. It is about 3.5% off general violence cases. Almost every third serious crime – beatings, tortures, murders – is committed by close people who live together.

domestic violence law belarus march on baby

To beat somebody else’s child is a crime, to beat your own child is an upbringing?

domestic violence law belarus march on baby

In most cases, the victims are women, although men also suffer violence, elderly men are most often beaten and killed by their own children. Only a third of affected women seek help. Some are afraid to call the police, others are ashamed. Often, the victim simply doesn’t believe there’s anyone who can help her.

domestic violence law belarus march on baby

From left to right: Freedom, Equality, Sisterhood; Stop romatizing violence. If he beats doesn’t mean he loves; I don’t knoe how to help my mom; If he beats, it means 147 article of the Penal Code

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From left to right: I don’t need flowers, I need safety; I will go to jail for self-defence, he won’t – for violence; Stop romatizing violence, if he beats, he doesn’t love you; Not a family

Even after contacting the police, a woman is not protected from an aggressor, since the majority of offenses end with a fine, which is often paid from the family budget. To receive a protective order (prohibiting an aggressor to contact a victim), one needs to go through a whole procedure, and not in every case it can be obtained (for example, if a couple is divorced and no longer live together, but the violence continues).

Every third woman in Belarus at least once in her life was subjected to physical violence from her relatives, not to mention other types of violence – sexual, psychological, economic. Despite this, the law on the prevention of domestic violence has not yet been adopted.


Source: TUT.BY

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