This is a cross-cultural comparative analysis of the domestic violence policies of Nicaragua and Russia. While these two countries have striking differences, they both had socialist revolutions that established workers and farmers governments. The Soviet Union was the main economic and political support for Nicaragua following the 1979 Frente Sandinista Para Liberación Nacional (FSLN - Sandinista Front for National Liberation) revolution.

This article examines the domestic violence policies of post-Soviet Russia and Nicaragua. While both countries have serious domestic violence problems, only Nicaragua is taking an aggressive stance to eradicate the problem. The Russian government barely even acknowledges that there is a problem. My thesis is that the Nicaraguan government has a more progressive approach to ending domestic violence because there is a strong, independent woman’s movement in Nicaragua, which is lacking in Russia.

Author Biography

Jo-Ann Della Giustina is an assistant professor of Criminal Justice at Bridgewater State College (Massachusetts), where she teaches courses in gender and crime, domestic violence, criminal law and procedure, homicide, and restorative justice. She received her Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from City University of New York (John Jay College) with a specialization in women and crime, and her J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law. Dr. Della Giustina studied at the University of Central America Law School in Managua, Nicaragua and is listed in Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in the World.