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09 Oct 2019
As a first country in the UK Scotland has made it a crime for parents to smack their children. The new regulation will grant the children the same protection from assault as adults. Smacking in England is illegal, excluding cases where it is used as...
08 Feb 2019
PIG is an independent project of the Bulgarian director Drago Sholev and will be part of the main competition program of the upcoming Sofia Film Fest. The film tells the story of the thirteen-year-old Stoyan, played by Rumen Kochev, whom everyone...
28 Nov 2018
Deputies voted unanimously to adopt amendments to the Penal Code that criminalize all forms of domestic violence in Bulgaria. Despite the rejection of the Istanbul Convention, the government has focused on more than a dozen rules to combat domestic...
28 Sep 2018
'Portal Analitika' reports that the Centres for Social Welfare in Montenegro have recorded 32 cases of sexual violence against children in the last two years, in 2016 and 2017, as the data showed in the Report on the implementation of the Strategy...
23 Jul 2018
In Ukraine, 600 women per year die of aggression in the family, only 10% of the 1 million who are subjected to violence are daring to talk about it. Domestic violence is a manifestation of the aggression and violent actions of one member of the...
18 Oct 2016
Civil society in Kosovo is trying to raise the awareness of the public about domestic violence. According to sociologists and psychologists peopel receive better training on how to address this problem. Last Friday most of the media reported about a...
30 Sep 2016
'Sputnik' reports that on September 27, five boys aged between 12 and 16 were detained, while they carried plastic toy guns in the Greek capital of Athens. During the detention, police had reportedly ill-treated children because allegedly they were...
22 Aug 2016
Jan Coles, head of a Child Sex Exploitation team, writes for The Mirror on the tell-tale signs children are being groomed, forced, coerced or tricked into performing a sexual act. This piece is written as a follow up to the news surrounding the...
08 Jun 2016
Balkan Insight details a new report by international Charity World Vision that indiciates that 70% of Albanian children living on the outskirts of cities and in rural areas suffer from violent abuse. The report claims that out the 70% of children...
08 Mar 2015
'BBC News' reports on a Council of Europe ruling that French laws on smacking children are not sufficiently clear, binding or precise, which has ignited a national debate in a country where a parent's right to discipline children is still held dear...

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