Roundup: Lebanon, Turkey, Pakistan, Britain efforts to stop family violence; SF’s got it right; Iowa police chiefs want more help for families

In Lebanon, where it’s not against the law for men to physically or sexually abuse their wives, about 300 people rallied over the weekend “to raise awareness of Lebanon’s lack of laws protecting women from domestic abuse,” says Brooke Anderson’s report on Lebanon’s The country’s legislature has been sitting on a domestic violence bill since 2010.

In Turkey, where 40 percent of women have reported experiencing violence at some point in their lives, the Istanbul

police department “has established a new special female police force in Istanbul to protect women against prevailing gender-based violence,” says a report on


 Pakistan’s Senate today unanimously passed a bill that “seeks to prevent violence against women and children with a network of protection committee and protection officers and prompt criminal trials for suspected abusers,” says the report in Pakistan’s Business Recorder.

In London, a man whose daughter, Clare, was murdered by her boyfriend is campaigning for “Clare’s Law”, which would  “allow women to find out if their boyfriends or husbands had a previous history of domestic violence,” according to  a report on’s Heather Knight did a great overview of how San Francisco, after doing everything wrong by not protecting a woman who was brutally stabbed to death by her ex-boyfriend in front of her two children 12 years ago, is now “a national model in handling domestic violence cases, though advocates add that more work – including launching a long-delayed computer system to allow law enforcement agencies to easily share data – needs to be done.”

And in Iowa, where 12,000 children were reported being abused or neglected in 2010, Council Bluffs Police Chief Ralph O’Donnell encouraged legislators to beef up support for families, including home visiting programs by nurses, which can reduce child abuse and neglect by 50 percent. According to a report by Chad Nation on, O’Donnell, who represents 150 state police chiefs, said: “I support evidence-based programs. I’ve been in police work for 35 years, and I see patrolmen arresting people with the same names; it’s just the next generation. It’s a cycle that we have to stop.”

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  1. […] “Clare’s Law” was passed in Britain, but not everyone’s enthusiastic about it. Although the pilot program “seems to be setting it up so police are encouraged to make information about known violent offenders more available,” says a report by Jessica Wakeman on, some women’s advocates say it’s “a band-aid.” She quotes Refuge’s CEO Sandra Horley, who did a piece in the Guardian about the woman for whom “Clare’s Law” is named. Apparently Clare had many contacts with police before she was killed by her ex-boyfriend. She described his threats to kill her. The police arrested and bailed him — at one point arresting him after he had reached his bail, only to immediately de-arrest him. … What good will costly, bureaucratic new schemes do when the police so consistently fail to perform the most basic duties towards victims of domestic violence? […]


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