Criminal Justice

 
 

 

1.

Men who assault their partners are rarely prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

For homocide, they are sentenced to serve anywhere between the guidelines of 2-15 years.

If imprisoned at all, they are likely to receive the minimum sentence in a domestic abuse case.

Read The Republic of Armenia’s Criminal Code of Conduct here.

 

 

2.

Females killed by intimate partners or family members make up 10.5% of the total reported homicide victims in Armenia.

Significantly fewer males (2.9%) are killed by intimate partners or family members.

It is important to note that this statistic is only measuring documented homicides. In reality, it is extremely likely that many cases of domestic homicide remain unreported.

Read more about it here.

 

 

3.

According to research conducted in 2011 by the Proactive Society Human Rights NGO, 60% of female respondents were subjected to one or more forms of domestic violence during their lifetimes.

Again, the statistic is based only on available data.

Read more about it here.

 

 

4.

When women report abuse to the police or other authorities, nothing is done to prevent further violence, investigate cases, or hold the attackers accountable.

In cases like these, the authorities encouraged women to drop complaints and reconcile with their abusers. The authorities did not refer the women for services or assistance. Women have to seek out these resources themselves.

These resources are not easily accessible. Armenia is seriously lacking women’s centers. With a population of approximately 2.9 million, Armenia should have approximately 290 shelter spaces. They only have two. There is only one in the capital city of Yerevan.

 

 

5.

Legislative measures have recently been passed that subject human rights lawyers in Armenia to additional legal fees and sanctions.

This is especially troubling because it is harder for defenders of human rights to take critical issues to court. The fees associated with human rights cases are forcing lawyers to withdraw their allegations.

This article by Human Rights House explains the paradox.