It takes two to start a fight.
“I called the police, who said they’d come when I was dead.”
When he was drunk and angry, he beat me. I called the police, who said they’d come when I was dead.
I went on reporting him. Once he was fined 70 dollars because he’d almost strangled me.
The problem was always that he’s partially sighted, although I’m convinced he’s faking it. But no-one believed me, that I could be the victim. I mean, he was disabled!
It took four years for me to get a court order saying my husband had to move out. I’ve been through 25 trials.
We had two children and were living in two rooms. I have a job as a nurse, but I have to live somewhere. It took time before the court accepted my doctor’s certificate. The judge considers his responsibility to be to hold families together. It took four years for me to get a court order saying my husband had to move out. I’ve been through 25 trials.
I had to live with him all the time. His friends used to beat me when they’d been drinking. I’ve developed health problems and I’ve lost my faith in the system. The authorities don’t protect the victims, they protect the abusers. I can’t trust anyone but myself.
Maternal deaths: 34 deaths per l00,000 births (2008)
Number of children/woman: 1.42
Abortion legislation: Right to abortion
Law against rape within marriage: No
Violence against women in close relationships: Violence in the home is the cause of two thirds of all murders in Russia. It is estimated that 34,000 women are subjected to violence in the home each year. 60-70 per cent of these victims do not report the abuse, mainly because previous attempts to report it have failed.