Gezien de praktijk moet het in werkelijkheid om veel meer gevallen gaan, daar de politie in Algerije alles behalve aan de kant van de mishandelde vrouw staat die aangifte wil doen, althans als die vrouw al de kans krijgt om aangifte te doen.......
Lees het ontluisterende verhaal van Salwa (niet de echte naam, vanwege gevaar voor de vrouw).
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Justice Against Domestic Violence in Algeria
Please be warned that the message I'm about to share with you contains graphic detail about domestic violence.
Salwa (named changed for privacy) is an Algerian woman who experienced gruesome violence at the hands of her husband. When Salwa went to the police for help, she was met with a refusal to investigate instead of the protection she so rightly deserves. It took Salwa's continual push for justice for the police to even punish her husband. Even then he was only slapped on the wrist with a small fine and a suspended sentence.
"The state didn't do anything for me. I was almost dead and the court ordered me to go back to him."
No woman should have to go through what Salwa has. Her husband beat her for years, which culminated in a brutal incident during which her husband stripped her naked, beat her with a broom, and cut her breasts. And no woman who has gone through such trauma should be denied justice and support by the state.
But Salwa is not alone. Last year there were 8,000 complaints of violence against women reported in Algeria (and official numbers likely underestimate the true incidence of abuse). The lack of government services and the response by Algerian officials to women like Salwa is downright appalling.
Please sign this petition requesting that the Algerian government pass comprehensive legislation to protect victims of domestic violence.
The government can help by providing aid to shelters that provide support to victims, by ensuring that police and courts investigate and prosecute abuses, and by providing restraining orders to keep abusers away from their victims.
If officials in Algeria won't listen to victims, we need to make sure we can get as many signatures as possible to add more pressure for change. We must stand up and be a voice for victims like Salwa.
Add your name to urge the President of Algeria to take immediate action to provide much-needed justice and support for abused women.
Algeria: Protect Women from Domestic Violence and Prosecute Abusers!
It is the duty of police and the judicial system to ensure the safety of women who want to leave abusive relationships. Sadly, the Algerian government does little to protect victims of domestic violence.
In 2016, 8,000 complaints of violence against women were reported in Algeria. This number likely underestimates the true incidence of abuse, given the results of a survey by the State Ministry for the Family and the Status of Women, which found that nearly 10% of Algerian women experienced frequent physical violence in their homes.
Ahmed Benchemsi, Advocacy and Communications Director of Human Rights Watch, describes the numerous hurtles an Algerian woman named Salwa was forced to endure when attempting to flee from her violent husband.
Salwa's husband beat her for many years. She told HRW representatives that she decided to leave him following a brutal incident in which he stripped her naked, beat her with a broom, and cut her breasts with scissors.
Salwa complained to the police, but they initially refused to interrogate or arrest her husband and decided to close the case. He was later punished only by a small fine and suspended sentece. When Salwa attempted to file for divorce, the request was originally rejected on the grounds that she "hadn’t adequately proved that her husband had 'harmed' her." According to Salwa, "The state didn’t do anything for me. I was almost dead and the court ordered me to go back to him."
Please sign this petition requesting that the Algerian government pass comprehensive legislation to protect victims of domestic violence – by granting government aid to shelters where victims can receive the physical and emotional support they need, by ensuring that police and courts investigate and prosecute abusers, and by providing restraining orders to keep abusers away from their victims. These recommendations have been provided by Human Rights Watch representatives, and if realized, would protect the thousands of women suffering from domestic abuse in Algeria.
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