In Lithuania, it is still acceptable to think that a wife has a duty to obey her husband. According to an equal opportunities expert, the public has a distorted view on gender roles, which increases the risk of violence.
The lower house of Poland's Parliament has passed a law ratifying the Istanbul Convention, which seeks to better protect women, after intense debate and opposition from political factions and the clergy.
Domestic violence victims in Lithuania now receive more support from the police and support services, but still lack vital protections. With 10,000 people officially classed as victims, domestic violence accounted for 10% of all 2013 crime in the country.
A Bulgarian man has carried out a violent attack on his former partner, pouring a can of paint over her head and posting a video of the assault on Facebook. The crime is a reminder of the lack of adequate protection for women by the Bulgarian government.