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Latest items for DV-LAW-1

April 22, 2019, 7:33 a.m.
Countries: United Arab Emirates
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1, DV-LAW-1

"The penal code allows men to use physical means, including violence, at their discretion against female and minor family members. Punishments issued by courts in domestic abuse cases were often minimal. In some cases, police shared a victim’s contact information with her/his family, which sometimes reached the assailant" (p. 23).
April 20, 2019, 9:35 p.m.
Countries: Peru
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"The law prohibits domestic violence; penalties range from one month to six years in prison. The law also authorizes judges and prosecutors to prevent a convicted spouse or parent from returning to the family home and authorizes the victim’s relatives and unrelated persons living in the home to file complaints of domestic violence. The law requires a police investigation of domestic violence to take place within five days of a complaint and obliges authorities to extend protection to female victims of domestic violence" (P. 13).
April 19, 2019, 10:23 p.m.
Countries: Paraguay
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"Although the law criminalizes domestic violence, including psychological abuse, and stipulates a penalty of two years in prison or a fine if convicted, it requires the abuse to be habitual and the aggressor and victim to be 'cohabitating or lodging together'"(p. 16).
April 19, 2019, 3:46 p.m.
Countries: Madagascar
Variables: DV-LAW-1

There is no legislation specifically addressing domestic violence in Madagascar, but aggravated penalties for crimes committed against a spouse or family member exist (109).
April 19, 2019, 3:46 p.m.
Countries: Macedonia
Variables: DV-LAW-1

There is legislation specifically addressing domestic violence in Macedonia (108).
April 19, 2019, 3:45 p.m.
Countries: Luxembourg
Variables: DV-LAW-1

There is legislation specifically addressing domestic violence in Luxembourg (108).
April 19, 2019, 3:45 p.m.
Countries: Lithuania
Variables: DV-LAW-1

There is legislation specifically addressing domestic violence in Lithuania (107).
April 19, 2019, 8:07 a.m.
Countries: Togo
Variables: DV-LAW-1

There is not legislation specifically addressing domestic violence in Togo (144).
April 19, 2019, 7:24 a.m.
Countries: Tunisia
Variables: DV-LAW-1

There is not legislation specifically addressing domestic violence in Tunisia (145).
April 18, 2019, 8:38 p.m.
Countries: Italy
Variables: LRW-LAW-1, LRCM-LAW-1, DV-LAW-1

"The law criminalizes the physical abuse of women (including by family members), provides for the prosecution of perpetrators of violence against women, and helps shield abused women from publicity" (P. 13).
April 18, 2019, 5:12 p.m.
Countries: Libya
Variables: DV-LAW-1

There is no legislation specifically addressing domestic violence in Libya, but there are aggravated penalties for crimes committed against a spouse or family member (107).
April 18, 2019, 5:11 p.m.
Countries: Liberia
Variables: DV-LAW-1

There is no legislation specifically addressing domestic violence in Liberia, neither are there aggravated penalties for crimes committed against a spouse or family member (106).
April 18, 2019, 5:11 p.m.
Countries: Lesotho
Variables: DV-LAW-1

There is no legislation specifically addressing domestic violence in Lesotho, neither are there aggravated penalties for crimes committed against a spouse or family member (106).
April 18, 2019, 5:10 p.m.
Countries: Lebanon
Variables: DV-LAW-1

There is legislation specifically addressing domestic violence in Lebanon (105).
April 18, 2019, 5:10 p.m.
Countries: Latvia
Variables: DV-LAW-1

There is legislation specifically addressing domestic violence in Latvia (105).
April 18, 2019, 5:10 p.m.
Countries: Laos
Variables: DV-LAW-1

There is legislation specifically addressing domestic violence in Laos (104).
April 18, 2019, 5:09 p.m.
Countries: Kyrgyzstan
Variables: DV-LAW-1

There is legislation specifically addressing domestic violence in Kyrgyzstan (104).
April 18, 2019, 5:09 p.m.
Countries: Kuwait
Variables: DV-LAW-1

There is no legislation specifically addressing domestic violence in Kuwait, neither are there aggravated penalties for crimes committed against a spouse or family member (103).
April 18, 2019, 5:09 p.m.
Countries: Kosovo
Variables: DV-LAW-1

There is legislation specifically addressing domestic violence in Kosovo (103).
April 18, 2019, 5:08 p.m.
Countries: Kenya
Variables: DV-LAW-1

There is legislation specifically addressing domestic violence in Kenya (101).
April 18, 2019, 5:07 p.m.
Countries: Kazakhstan
Variables: DV-LAW-1

There is legislation specifically addressing domestic violence in Kazakhstan (101).
April 18, 2019, 8:19 a.m.
Countries: Trinidad/Tobago
Variables: DV-LAW-1

There is legislation specifically addressing domestic violence in Trinidad and Tobago (145).
April 17, 2019, 12:16 p.m.
Countries: Uganda
Variables: DV-LAW-1

There is legislation specifically addressing domestic violence in Uganda (146).
April 17, 2019, 12:15 p.m.
Countries: Turkey
Variables: DV-LAW-1

There is legislation specifically addressing domestic violence in Turkey (146).
April 17, 2019, 9:19 a.m.
Countries: El Salvador
Variables: LRW-LAW-1, LRCM-LAW-1, DV-LAW-1

"The law criminalizes rape of men or women, and the criminal code’s definition of rape may apply to spousal rape, at the judge’s discretion" (p.23).
April 17, 2019, 6:10 a.m.
Countries: United Arab Emirates
Variables: DV-LAW-1

There is not legislation specifically addressing domestic violence in UAE (147).
April 17, 2019, 5:47 a.m.
Countries: Ukraine
Variables: DV-LAW-1

There is legislation specifically addressing domestic violence in Ukraine (147).
April 16, 2019, 7:47 p.m.
Countries: Bhutan
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"The Committee welcomes the progress achieved since its consideration in 2009 of the State party’s seventh periodic report (CEDAW/C/BTN/7) in undertaking legislative reforms, in particular the adoption of the following legislation: (a) Domestic Violence Prevention Act, in 2013, and the Domestic Violence Prevention Rules and Regulations, in 2015" (1). "The Committee commends the State party for adopting the Domestic Violence Prevention Act in 2013 and the Domestic Violence Prevention Rules and Regulations in 2015" (5). "It is concerned by: (...) (c) The fact that section 22 of the Domestic Violence Protection Act of 2013 allows for mediation in domestic violence cases that are classified as misdemeanours" (6).
April 12, 2019, 7:56 p.m.
Countries: China
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"[Hong Kong] The government . . . effectively enforced criminal statutes prohibiting domestic violence against women and prosecuted violators . . . The law allows victims to seek a three-month injunction, extendable to six months, against an abuser. The ordinance does not criminalize domestic violence directly, but abusers may be liable for criminal charges under other ordinances . . . The law covers molestation between married couples, homosexual and heterosexual cohabitants, former spouses or cohabitants, and immediate and extended family members. It protects victims under age 18, allowing them to apply for an injunction in their own right, with the assistance of an adult guardian, against molestation by their parents,...more
April 12, 2019, 8:08 a.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: DV-LAW-1

There is legislation specifically addressing domestic violence in the United States (148).