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This brief suggests that domestic violence has increased in Palestine due to the conditions created by the COVID 19 pandemic, which in most cases resulted in a lockdown of survivors of violence with their abusers. With families in lockdown, helplines are seeing a surge of cases requesting a multitude of services.
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This brief highlights emerging evidence of the impact of the recent global pandemic of COVID-19 on violence against women and girls. It makes recommendations to be considered by all sectors of society, from governments to international organizations and to civil society organizations, in order to prevent and respond to violence against women and girls, at the onset, during, and after the public health crisis, with examples of actions already taken.
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Where are women? Where is women's accessibility to "justice"? Are there possibilities for justice in the context of military occupation. The report delves into the spatio-temporal, socio-legal, political and economic factors and ideologies to uncover hidden abuses and analyze policies and practices that hinder women's ability to access the prevailing legal systems in the West Bank and enjoy their rights to a secure and dignified life.
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Establishing a space, where women victims of violence feel safe and have access to specialized services requires specialized, professional, motivated, and talented staff. These recruitment guidelines offer practical support to organizations and institutions responsible for managing of anti-violence centres, and provide guidance in the selection of appropriate personnel that demonstrate proven professional capacities and personal qualities needed to carry out their job functions.