Published: 1 Jun 2014 | By Yuri Marchenko

Challenges of litigating domestic violence cases in Russia


There is no reliable official data on the prevalence of domestic violence in Russia. However, the commonly cited figures paint a grim picture: fourteen thousand women die each year at the hands of their husbands or relatives; up to 40 percent of all serious violent crimes are committed within families; violence in some form is experienced in every fourth family. A number of human rights treaty bodies, including most recently the Committee against Torture, expressed serious concerns about the scale of the problem and the Russian state’s comprehensive failure to address it.

In EHRAC’s 2014 Summer Bulletin, Yuri Marchenko of INTERIGHTS discusses some of the challenges encountered in litigating domestic violence cases in Russia. To read the article in full, please follow the link below.