Domestic Violence

Regional News • Middle East
Turkey quits Istanbul Convention on violence against women
Turkey quits Istanbul Convention on violence against women
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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has triggered protests for withdrawing the country from an international agreement to prevent violence against women. The decision comes amid increasing calls for Turkey to combat domestic violence as femicide rates rise.

"The guarantee of women's rights are the current regulations in our bylaws, primarily our Constitution. Our judicial system is dynamic and strong enough to implement new regulations as needed," Family, Labour and Social Policies Minister Zehra Zumrut Selcuk said on Twitter.

Regional News • World
Report: 1 in 3 women experience physical or sexual violence in their lifetime
Report: 1 in 3 women experience physical or sexual violence in their lifetime
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A report by the World Health Organisation has found that nearly 1 in 3 women experience physical or sexual violence in their lifetime globally, resulting in "around 736 million, are subjected to physical or sexual violence by an intimate partner or sexual violence from a non-partner."

“Violence against women is endemic in every country and culture, causing harm to millions of women and their families, and has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General. “But unlike COVID-19, violence against women cannot be stopped with a vaccine. We can only fight it with deep-rooted and sustained efforts – by governments, communities and individuals – to change harmful attitudes, improve access to opportunities and services for women and girls, and foster healthy and mutually respectful relationships.”

Regional News • Europe • France
Couple jailed after accidentally exposing their child abuse

A couple have been jailed in France over the death of a 3 year old boy.

The jailing comes after the mother, Caroline Létoile, inadvertently revealed herself beating the three year old - called Tony - in a call to emergency services.

Loïc Vantal, 28, the mothers boyfriend received a 20 year sentence for dealing the blows that caused the death in 2016.

The mother was recorded on the emergency call saying "I said he fell down the stairs. The stair will do, right? The stairs to the apartment... And I'm hiding all the stuff from the argument."

She received a 3-year jail sentence.

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • Celebrities & Public Figures
Dita von Teese responses to Marilyn Manson abuse allegations
Dita von Teese responses to Marilyn Manson abuse allegations
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Dita Von Teese has responded to the allegations of abuse made against her ex-husband Marilyn Manson by actress Evan Rachel Wood and several other women.

"I have been processing the news that broke Monday regarding Marylin Manson. To those who have expressed your concerns of my well-being, I appreciate your kindness. Please know that the details made public do not match my personal experience during our 7 years together as a couple. Had they, I would not have married him in December 2005. I left 12 months later due to infidelity and drug abuse," von Teese wrote in a statement posted on Instagram. "Abuse of any kind has no place in any relationship. I urge those of you who have incurred abuse to take steps to heal and the strength to fully realize yourself."

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • TV & Movies
Johnny Depp has been fired from "The Fantastic Beasts" franchise
Johnny Depp has been fired from "The Fantastic Beasts" franchise
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In a letter posted to Instagram, Johnny Depp announced he will no longer be the character Grindelwald of the Fantastic Beasts franchise after "being asked to resign by Warner Bros."

The Warner Bros. decision is related to the fact that earlier this week, Depp lost his libel case against the Sun after he was called a “wife-beater” following stories of alleged abuse against Heard.

Johnny Depp loses libel trial against The Sun newspaper
Johnny Depp
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Johnny Depp’s libel action against the publishers of the Sun newspaper – which was dismissed by a judge in London this week – may prove to be the moment the public was finally disabused of any lingering illusions of Hollywood as a place of glamour and sophistication. Depp sued the newspaper over an article that claimed the actor was violent toward Heard while they were together, and branded him a "wife-beater".

Judge Andrew Nicol said in his judgment Monday: "I have reached these conclusions having examined in detail the 14 incidents on which the defendants rely, as well as the over-arching considerations which the claimant submitted I should take into account."

Regional News • Europe • European Union
Violence against women: Poland to leave European treaty
Zbigniew Ziobro
Zbigniew Ziobro Credit: Ryszard Hołubowicz (Creative Commons Attribution 3.0)

The justice minister of Poland, Zbigniew Ziobro, has announced that his country will leave the Istanbul Convention - a treaty that aims to prevent violence against women.

He claims that it "contains elements of an ideological nature" as it requires all signed countries to teach children about gender.

Women across the country have protested on thousands.