In April 2017, the Public Defender's Office (PDO) of Georgia announced that PDO would assume responsibility for monitoring gender-based killings of women in Georgia. Being the second Ombudsman’s office in the world, the first being Argentina, to undertake the responsibility for monitoring femicide cases. As part of the monitoring process, the PDO analyzes relevant court decisions in detail to evaluate the real scale of the problem of femicide, the applied measures of protection and prevention and the obstacles to addressing the issue. In addition, the PDO studies available statistical data and information on investigations and criminal prosecutions conducted by law enforcement agencies. Femicide Monitoring Reports were published by the Public Defender’s Office in 2016 and 2017.
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