Decriminalisation of domestic violence in Russia leads to fall in reported cases

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Campaigners say sharp decline is due to new law deterring women from contacting police

Russian women suffering domestic violence are being deterred from going to the police since its partial decriminalisation last year, campaigners have claimed after a dramatic fall in reported incidents.

The state statistics, released in July, reveal that the number of cases of domestic violence reported to the police in 2017 almost halved since physical abuse became punishable by a fine rather than time in prison.

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