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DOCUMENTING THE IMPLEMENTATION
OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE LAWS:
A HUMAN RIGHTS MONITORING
METHODOLOGY

May 2011

DOCUMENTING THE IMPLEMENTATION
OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE LAWS:
A HUMAN RIGHTS MONITORING
METHODOLOGY

May 2011

ABOUT THE ADVOCATES FOR HUMAN RIGHTS
The mission of The Advocates for Human Rights is to implement international human rights standards to promote civil society and reinforce the rule of law. By involving volunteers in research, education, and advocacy, we build broad constituencies in the United States and select global communities. The Advocates:

• Investigates and exposes human rights violations internationally and in the United States; • Represents immigrants and refugees who are victims of human rights abuses; • Trains and assists groups that protect human rights;

• Works through education and advocacy to engage the public, policy-makers and children about human rights and cultural understanding.
The Advocates was founded in 1983 by a group of Minnesota lawyers who recognized the community‘s unique spirit of social justice as an opportunity to promote and protect human rights in the United States and around the world. The organization has produced more than 50 reports documenting human rights practices in more than 25 countries, and works with partners overseas and in the United States to restore and protect human rights. The Advocates for Human Rights hold Special Consultative Status with the United Nations. Women’s Human Rights Program

The Women's Human Rights Program at The Advocates for Human Rights applies international human rights standards to advocate for women's rights in Minnesota, in the United States, and around the world. Using research, education and advocacy, the program has partnered with local organizations overseas and in the United States to document domestic violence, rape, employment discrimination, sexual harassment in the workplace, and trafficking in women and girls.

Founded in 1993, the Women's Human Rights Program has partnered with organizations in Central and Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, the Caucasus, Central Asia, Morocco, Nepal, Mexico and Haiti. The Women’s Program has worked with these partners to document such violations of women's rights as domestic violence, rape, employment discrimination, sexual harassment in the workplace and trafficking in women and girls and to follow up with training and advocacy initiatives. The Women's Program uses traditional human rights fact-finding methods to document violations of women's human rights. Staff and volunteers conduct in-country research through close collaboration with local women's non-governmental organizations. The Women’s Program has published 17 reports on violence against women as a human rights issue, consulted extensively with advocates who are drafting and beginning to implement new laws on violence against women, and presented numerous trainings on domestic violence legal reform. The Women’s Program reports include an analysis of each country's legislation related to women's rights and of the local law enforcement system, as well as recommendations on bringing laws and practice into conformity with international human rights obligations. The Advocates for Human Rights

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

I. INTRODUCTION .................................................................................................................................................. 1 II. PLANNING A MONITORING PROJECT ............................................................................................................. 2 A. Determine the Goal ........................................................................................................................................ 2 B. Define the Scope...
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