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USA: Fragmented and Unequal: A justice system that fails survivors of intimate partner violence in Louisiana, USA

Index Number: AMR 51/1160/2019

This report focuses on Louisiana, a state which has high rates of intimate partner homicide, especially killings involving firearms. It examines laws on domestic violence and on firearm possession in situations of domestic violence. It looks at how implementation of those laws affects protection of survivors of violence differently, and how discrimination and stereotyping affect the response. Amnesty International found that the authorities are failing to meet their human rights obligations to prevent intimate partner violence and to effectively investigate, sanction and provide remedies in cases of violence.

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