Don’t Ignore Victims of Abuse by Decriminalizing Domestic Violence

Target: Chairman Sergey Evgenyevich, State Duma Speaker, United Russia

Goal: Protect victims of domestic violence by not allowing domestic abuse to become legal.

Domestic violence may be officially decriminalized in Russia, where courts are already allowed to be extremely lenient with abusers. The Duma, Russia’s legislative body, must not pass this new law that could result in thousands of injuries and deaths.

Currently, one woman sustains injuries from domestic abuse every 12 minutes in Russia, which amounts to 36,000 women a year. There is no official way of keeping track of instances of family violence, so this number could very well be higher already. According to estimates, upwards of 12,000 of those abuse cases result in the death of the victim. In other countries, laws that require prosecution for these criminal acts have reduced domestic violence by up to 40 percent.

The lawmakers of Russia must begin valuing human life, respect the rights of women who deserve to be safe in their own homes, and stop rewarding criminals who commit spousal abuse. Sign below to demand that the Duma refuse to decriminalize domestic abuse.


Dear Chairman Evgenyevich,

The move to decriminalize domestic violence in Russia is an unacceptable injustice. Russian courts are far too lenient in these abuse cases, rewarding abusers and disregarding the suffering of abusees.

As many as 36,000 women every year are victims of spousal abuse in Russia, and upwards of 12,000 of those cases culminate in the death of the victim. This is a violation of human rights, and it cannot be allowed to continue. The Duma must respect the human rights of people whose lives have value and who deserve to live safely in their own homes. I urge you to stop rewarding criminals who commit these acts of abuse. Do not decriminalize domestic violence.


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Photo Credit: Isha Mehmood

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  1. Gen Lovyet Agustsson says:

    stop ignoring them and help them!

  2. Kathryn Irby says:

    Never ignore it if you ever hear of a human being, whether old, young, a baby, an animal of any kind being abused!! You can always report any form of abuse anonymously!!! Never Look the Other Way!!

  3. Brenda Denno says:

    By making domestic violence legal, the government is messing with people’s minds, and making them think that it’s OK. Does making something legal make it ok? NO, but that’s the false impression governments make when they make laws like this. If they made murder legal, would it suddenly be ok? I’m not religious, but I have to use the word “evil” to describe this law. It would sentence many, many women to a lifetime of abuse as they will have NO HOPE of ever escaping, because it’s “OK” – it’s legal. Please check out the excellent book “The Most Dangerous Superstition” by Larken Rose which deals with issues like this.

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