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Ukraine: Improve the criminal justice sector response to DV and VAW

Local Partner:

Public Organization La Strada-Ukraine



DCAF publications related to the improvement of the response of the criminal justice sector to DV and VAW in Ukraine and other countries:




Gender Self-Assessment Guide for the Police, Armed Forces and Justice Sector

This self-assessment guide is a tool for assessing the gender responsiveness of a security sector institution. A gender-responsive security sector institution is one that both meets the distinct and different security and justice needs of men, women, boys and girls and promotes the full and equal participation of men and women. While it can be used by other security sector institutions, the guide is particularly designed for use by police services, armed forces and justice sector institutions, and those working with them.



Justice Reform and Gender

This tool focuses on the institutional reform of the judiciary, law reform and access to justice, with specific emphasis on gender equality. It is directed toward the personnel responsible for justice reform within national governments, international and regional organisations and donors. Parliamentarians, law societies and judges’ networks, civil society organizations and researchers focusing on justice reform may also find it useful.



Police Reform and Gender

This tool is intended for use by various actors working on police reform including: police officers and recruitment staff, government officials, international and regional organisations and civil society organisations as well as parliamentarians and researchers. It is designed as a reference tool, with a mix of background information and practical examples and tips to assist in the design and/or implementation of the reform process.



Gender and the Judiciary: The Implications of Gender within the Judiciary of Bosnia and Herzegovina

This research explores the intersection between the gender related opinions, attitudes and beliefs of legal professionals in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) and whether those same gender-based opinions, attitudes and beliefs could be linked to either advantaging or disadvantaging women or men within the court system. In other words, the research seeks to identify whether the influence of gender was undermining the fairness and impartiality of the BiH judiciary.



Judicial Benchbook: Considerations for Domestic Violence Case Evaluation in Bosnia and Herzegovina

The purpose of the Judicial Benchbook is to improve the judicial response to domestic violence and increase the consistency of judicial practice in cases of domestic violence in BiH. It was developed by a panel of nine judges from across BiH. While the Benchbook is tailored for the specific legal context of BiH, the recommendations are appropriate for a wider context.



Survivors Speak: Reflections on Criminal Justice System Responses to Domestic Violence in Bosnia and Herzegovina

This research explores the experiences of survivors of systematic domestic violence and contrasts those stories with common theories on the causes of domestic violence and criminal justice system practices in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The publication reveals the extent to which systematic domestic violence is not appreciated as a serious criminal violation, and as a result, places victims, their children and the community at increased risk.



Sexual Violence in Armed Conflict

This report demonstrates the scope and magnitude of sexual violence in armed conflict. The first part of the report, the Global Overview, profiles documented conflict-related sexual violence in 50 countries that have experienced armed conflict over the past. The second part of the report explores strategies for security and justice actors to prevent and respond to sexual violence in armed conflict and post-conflict situations.

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