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UN raps USA over domestic violence failure

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Summary of story from Kuwaiti News Agency, August 24, 2011

The United States has been told to look again at how it deals with victims of domestic violence by an expert from the United Nations.

The call follows a landmark decision by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (see WVoN story) which found the US government responsible for human rights violations against Jessica Lenahan, a survivor of domestic violence.

Her three children were killed by her estranged husband in 1999, and the commission ordered the US to carry out an investigation into the case and strengthen laws to protect victims.

Rashida Manjoo, the UN’s Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women, set out three recommendations and said that US states dealing with domestic violence issues should treat women holistically.

She added that inaction promoted violence as it left women vulnerable.

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