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Germany: State protection, including routine assistance procedures, to victims of domestic violence and spousal abuse as well as redress for victims, specifically in Bamberg, Franconia and Bavaria

Publisher Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada
Author Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board, Canada
Publication Date 23 November 2000
Citation / Document Symbol DEU35975.E
Reference 7
Cite as Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Germany: State protection, including routine assistance procedures, to victims of domestic violence and spousal abuse as well as redress for victims, specifically in Bamberg, Franconia and Bavaria, 23 November 2000, DEU35975.E, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/3df4be291b.html [accessed 25 July 2014]
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No information on state protection, including routine assistance procedures, to victims of domestic violence and spousal abuse as well as redress for victims, specifically in Bamberg, Franconia and Bavaria, could be found among the sources consulted by the Research Directorate.

However, general information on violence against women in Country Reports 1999 states that such acts are "prohibited by laws that are enforced effectively" and "societal attitudes toward such violence are strongly negative, and legal and medical recourse is available (Sec. 5 2000). The German government "conducted campaigns in the schools and through church groups to bring public attention to the existence of such violence and proposed steps to counter it" (ibid.). The report also notes the existence of "387 "women's houses," including 116 in the East, where victims of violence and their children can seek shelter, counselling, and legal and police protection" (ibid.).

Two 1999 reports state that the German government planned to introduce legislation removing violent partners from the residence for at least one week (AP 26 May 1999; Atlanta Inquirer 12 Jun. 1999). The AP article quoted the Family Minister, Christine Bergmann, supporting the legislation by stating "a lockout would help many women" as "they would no longer be forced to leave their home and seek refuge in a women's shelter" (26 May 1999). No additional information on this legislation was found among the sources consulted by the Research Directorate.

This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the Research Directorate within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum. Please find below the list of additional sources consulted in researching this Information Request.

References

Associated Press (AP). 26 May 1999. "Germany Plans Law Locking Out Husbands Who Beat Wives." (AP Worldstream/NEXIS)

Atlanta Inquirer. 12 June 1999. D.L. Stanley. "Germans Would Put Abusive Husbands Out." (The Ethnic News Watch/NEXIS)

Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 1999. 2000. United States Department of State. Washington, DC [Accessed 20 November 2000]

Additional Sources Consulted

IRB Databases

LEXIS/NEXIS

World News Connection (WNC)

Internet sites including:

Amnesty International

Centre for the Prevention of Sexual and Domestic Violence

Die Media

Equality Now

European Women's Lobby

German Embassy

German Women's Society

Germany Online

Human Rights Watch

International Information Centre and Archives for the Women's Movement

International Women's Health Coalition

International Women's Rights Action Watch

Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights

National Coalition for Domestic Violence

Network of East-West Women

Region of Bamberg

Region of Bavaria

Terre-des-femmes

Women Against Violence Europe (WAVE) Network

Women Watch International

Search engines including:

Dogpile

Google

MetaCrawler

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