Belarus

Population Size:

9.47 million.[1] 46.5% are male, 53.5% are female.

Number of People Experiencing Domestic Abuse Each Year:

2014: 30% of women, roughly 1,519,935 women, reported having experienced violence at home.[2]

No research on male victims or other gender identities.

Cost of Domestic Abuse to the Economy Each Year:

No research.

Estimated % Change due to COVID-19:

No research.

Current Law and Policy:

Belarus has made some commitments with regard to combatting domestic violence.[3] However, greater work concerning implementation is needed. Under both the current National Plan for Gender Equality and the Law on Crime Prevention, Belarus will implement concrete measures to address and prevent domestic violence and develop a new law to counter domestic violence. During the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence, Belarus launched a nationwide public awareness and educational campaign ‘A House Without Violence’ aimed at preventing domestic violence. The first stage of this campaign involved promoting the recently launched toll-free hotline for victims of domestic violence. The government of Belarus has committed itself to developing a comprehensive national response system to gender violence, which will include an increased number of crisis rooms, improved medical, social and legal services for survivors and measures to combat aggressive male behaviour.

This year, the Ministries of Internal Affairs, Labour and Social Protection, and Healthcare, along with other governmental institutions and NGOs launched their annual campaign ‘A Home Without Violence’ online. In some regions in Belarus, due to COVID-19, regular visits by local police to family homes in which violence had been reported were substituted with calls. Organisations that provide legal representation to women have seen an increase in calls related to property rights during the pandemic.[4]

Public expenditure - There is a dedicated duty police officer in each police station who is required to devote a percentage of his time to this work – a policeman carrying out this work in Barysau told Amnesty International representatives that he devotes about 30% of his time to work on domestic crime.[5]


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Sources


[1] The World Bank, (1).

[2] Refworld, “Belarus – Domestic Violence – More Than a Private Scandal”, (refworld.org), Section 5 refers to CEDAW, “Concluding Observations on Belarus”, (2004), Report A/59/38, [323].

[3] UN Women, (3).

[4] HRW, (111).

[5] Refworld, (138), Section 7.