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Australia's 18 to 24 year-olds most at risk of violence: statistics bureau

Australia's 18 to 24 year-olds most at risk of violence: statistics bureau CANBERRA, Dec. 11 (Xinhua) -- Young Australians between the ages of 18 and 24 were the most likely group to have experienced some form of violence last year, according to a new report released Wednesday by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). The new report, the Personal Safety Survey, collected information from men and women aged 18 years and over about their experience of violence since the age of 15.

UN calls for implementation of law to protect women in Afghanistan

UN calls for implementation of law to protect women in Afghanistan KABUL, Dec. 8 (Xinhua) -- The Director of Human Rights of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) Georgette Gagnon on Sunday called for implementation of the law for Elimination of Violence against Women (EVAW) in the conflict- ridden country. "The EVAW law, when it is applied, has provided protection to Afghan women facing violence," Gagnon told a press conference here.

Ceremonies mark anniversary of murder of 14 women in Montreal in 1989

MONTREAL - Fourteen young women who were killed in Canada's worst mass shooting were remembered on Friday amid repeated calls for more to be done to eradicate violence against women. Outside the Ecole polytechnique engineering school where the slayings occurred on Dec. 6, 1989, bouquets of white and red roses were placed at the foot of a wall plaque with the names of the victims. A demonstration was also held on the steps of the Montreal courthouse where the names of the women were read aloud.

Uruguay sees 68 reports of domestic violence daily

A new case of domestic abuse was reported every 21 minutes in Uruguay since January, authorities said Monday, highlighting the extent of violence against women in the tiny Latin American country. And "domestic violence is one of the crimes that is reported less often," Javier Donnangelo, an interior ministry official, said on this International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. An average of 68 reports were made daily, Donnangelo said, a five percent rise over last year. And so far this year, 27 women have been killed in domestic assaults.

Anti-sexual and cyberviolence projects to receive federal funding

OTTAWA - The federal government is inviting proposals from community organizations to prevent online harassment and other sexual violence against girls and women. One category of eligible projects involves preventing and eliminating cyberviolence, such as Internet bullying, luring and cyberstalking of young women and girls. The second stream is aimed at helping sexual assault centres or community service providers prevent and respond to sexual violence.

Mentor mothers may help docs care for abused women

By Shereen Jegtvig NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Mothers with special training can help family doctors provide at-home support to women with violent partners, a new study suggests. Family doctors often see women in their practices who are suffering from intimate partner violence, but in the office, the physicians may not be equipped to give these women the help and support they need, say Dutch researchers.

Campaign aims to stop violence against women

With more and more women being specifically targeted as murder victims in Latin America and so-called feminicide continuing in Europe, a group of civil society networks launched a campaign Wednesday to stop violence against women. A video launched in the European Parliament -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JvLP1qINrxY -- states that in Europe one of every four women is a victim of physical or psychological violence in her lifetime. In Italy alone, 137 women were murdered in 2012, more than half of them by their partners.

Drinking habits linked to partner violence

By Kathryn Doyle NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Men's and women's drinking habits could provide hints about their risk of being in a violent relationship, a new study suggests. Men who regularly drank at parties at their friends' houses were more likely to be violent toward their partners, researchers found. On the other hand, women were more violent when their husbands and boyfriends frequently drank at home.

Nova Scotia Liberal leader vows to help sex violence victim support groups

HALIFAX - A promise to bring in a plan aimed at preventing sexual violence in Nova Scotia by giving victim support groups predictable funding was the focus of the Liberal party's election campaign Thursday, which also saw the NDP give more details on replacing long-term care beds and the Progressive Conservatives commit to changing the tax system to end what's known as bracket creep.

Saudi Arabia passes kingdom's first domestic abuse law

By Mahmoud Habboush DUBAI (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia has passed landmark legislation aimed at protecting women, children and domestic workers against domestic abuse, a human rights official said on Thursday, in a move aimed at reducing hidden violence against women in the kingdom. The "Protection from Abuse" law is the first of its kind in the ultra-conservative country, which has often faced international criticism for lacking laws that protect women and domestic workers against abuse.
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