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June 23, 2020, 6 p.m.
Countries: Tajikistan
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"In 2013, laws to introduce amendments and additions to the Code of Administrative Offences and the Police Act were drafted and adopted. The Code of Administrative Offences was supplemented with two articles: article 93 (Violation of the requirements of the legislation of the Republic of Tajikistan on the prevention of domestic violence), and article 93 [sic] (Violation of the requirements of a restraining order) that provide for liability for violation of the requirements of the legislation on the prevention of domestic violence, that is, a deliberate act, of a physical, psychological or economic nature or a threat to commit such acts in the context of family relations, if these acts...more
June 23, 2020, 5:54 p.m.
Countries: Estonia
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"However, it notes with concern the increase in gender-based violence against women in the State party and the absence of a law on domestic violence (…) (c) Economic and psychological violence are not criminalized;" (5-6).
June 23, 2020, 5:49 p.m.
Countries: Serbia
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"The Law on Prevention of Domestic Violence has been enacted to improve the organisation and acting of State authorities and institutions and to enable effective prevention of domestic violence and urgent, timely and effective protection and support to victims of domestic violence. The Law establishes a procedure for the prevention of domestic violence (including victim protection and support) and implements a system of legal concepts that timely and effectively protect the victim in cases where there are no grounds for detaining the perpetrator of a criminal offence or imposing a domestic violence protective measure under the Family Law. The Law came into force on 1 June 2017, at the same...more
June 19, 2020, 9:38 p.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"Conviction of violating a protection order is punishable by a prison sentence of up to five years, or up to 20 years if additional criminal charges apply. Penalties for conviction of domestic violence include fines and sentences of between two and five years’ imprisonment" (24).
May 31, 2020, 11:11 p.m.
Countries: Turkey
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"Women who have been murdered in 2018 either did not have any protection or cannot be identified. 6284 Law on Protection which is the biggest solution to the violence against women and went in effect with the help of the women organizations’ perennial struggle, is not enforced effectively. If the primary adjudications of 6284 have been enforced effectively, including 1-month punishment to the attacker in order to protect the woman who has been violated, providing shelters to women; providing new identity to women etc., today women would have been alive. It is not a coincidence that in 2011 which is the year that 6284 went in effect there was less...more
May 22, 2020, 9:43 a.m.
Countries: Tunisia
Variables: DV-LAW-1, DV-LAW-2

Loi organique n° 2017-58 du 11 août 2017, relative à lélimination de la violence à légard des femmes (Organic law n ° 2017-58 of 11 August 2017, relating to the elimination of violence against women). The law took effect in February 2018.
May 22, 2020, 9:39 a.m.
Countries: Swaziland
Variables: DV-LAW-1, DV-LAW-2

Eswatini's Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Act: A Summary: A domestic relationship covers all relationships in which people - Are or were married to each other, according to any law, custom or religion; Live or have lived together in a relationship similar to marriage; Are the parents of or jointly had parental responsibility for a child; Are family members related by consanguinity, affinity or adoption; Are or were engaged, dating, or in a customary relationship, including an actual or perceived romantic, intimate or sexual relationship of any duration; or Share or shared the same residence."The following behaviours constitute domestic violence, when perpetrated by a respondent against an aggrieved person, where...more
May 22, 2020, 9:23 a.m.
Countries: Serbia
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"Domestic violence, for the purpose of this Law, shall be an act of physical, sexual, psychological or economic violence of the perpetrator against a person with whom the perpetrator is either presently or has previously been in a matrimonial relationship or common-law marriage or partnership relation, or with a person he/she is blood-related to in the direct line, or side line up to the second degree or with whom he/she is in an in-law relation up to the second degree or to whom he/she is an adoptive parent, adopted child, foster parent or foster child or with another person with whom he/she is living or has lived in a common...more
May 22, 2020, 9:17 a.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: DV-LAW-1

Law of Protection from Abuse, Royal Decree No. M/52, Dated 15/11/1434H – 21/9/2013,. Article 1: Abuse: any form of exploitation; physical, psychological or sexual, or the threat thereof committed by an individual against another exceeding the limits of powers and responsibilities derived from guardianship, dependency, sponsorship, trusteeship or livelihood relationship. The term “abuse” shall include the omission or negligence of an individual in the performance of his duties or responsibilities in providing basic needs for a family member or an individual for whom he is legally responsible.
May 22, 2020, 9:13 a.m.
Countries: Nigeria
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"there remain pockets of states in Nigeria which do not have specific law on domestic violence, relying only on the general criminal legislation which contains provisions on assault" … ". The Criminal Code (which operates in the South) and the Penal Code (which applies in the North) have certain deficiencies that have been identified in other research. These deficiencies include provisions in the Penal Code permitting husbands to beat wives in chastisement, nonrecognition of offences such as domestic violence, marital rape and no provisions on emerging offences such as “revenge porn”, inadequate remedies for various types of genderbased violence and lack of provisions for civil remedies such as compensation or...more
May 22, 2020, 9:07 a.m.
Countries: Netherlands
Variables: DV-LAW-1

Istanbul Convention was ratified in 2016 and is now law. It does not cover economic violence, however. "In the Social Support Act 2015, domestic violence is described as physical, mental or sexual violence or threat by a family member, housemate, spouse or former spouse or caregiver."
May 21, 2020, 7:06 p.m.
Countries: Morocco
Variables: DV-LAW-1, DV-LAW-2, DV-LAW-3

Under the shiny headlines, a disappointing reality remains: while the law increases prison time and fines for certain acts of violence, such as when the violent person is a relative of the victim or if the victim has a disability, it does nothing to protect women, ensure that those in charge of women’s security execute their duties, or offer concrete services to victims of violence. Currently, the Moroccan criminal law does not allow the police to intervene in domestic disputes unless there is an imminent threat of death, a policy aptly described by the infamous catchphrase “is there blood?” Furthermore, prosecutors are incapable of investigating cases of assault and battery...more
May 21, 2020, 6:58 p.m.
Countries: Morocco
Variables: DV-LAW-1, DV-LAW-2

Article 1 For the implementation of the provisions of the law herein, the following terms shall mean: Violence against women: Any material or moral act or omission thereof based on gender discrimination that results in physical, psychological, sexual, or economic harm to a woman; Physical violence: Any act or omission thereof that affects or may affect the physical safety of a woman, regardless of the aggressor, aggressor’s means or place of perpetration; Sexual violence: Any statement, act or exploitation that may affects the inviolability of the woman’s body, whether such statement, act or exploitation is for sexual or business purposes, and regardless of the means thereto; Psychological violence: any verbal...more
May 21, 2020, 6:49 p.m.
Countries: Malta
Variables: DV-LAW-1

domestic violence means all acts or omissions including verbal, physical, sexual, psychological or economic violence causing physical and, or moral harm or suffering, including threats of such acts or omissions, coercion, or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, that occur within the family or domestic unit, whether or not the perpetrator shares or has shared the same residence with the victim, and shall include children who are witnesses of violence within the family or domestic unit;"family or domestic unit" includes: (a) current or former spouses, civil union partners or cohabitants;(b) persons living in the same household as the offender or who had lived with the offender within a period of three years...more
May 21, 2020, 6:34 p.m.
Countries: Latvia
Variables: DV-LAW-1, DV-LAW-2

Civil Procedure Law, Provisional Protection Against Violence: Section 250.44 Section 250.44 Persons who have the Right to Submit an Application for Provisional Protection Against Violence An application for provisional protection against violence may be submitted by spouses or former spouses; persons between whom children and parent relations exist, guardianship or other out-of-family care relations exist or have existed; persons between whom kinship or affinity relations exist; persons who are living or have lived in one household; persons who have or are expecting a common child, regardless of whether such persons have ever been married or lived together; persons between whom close personal or intimate relations exist or have existed. Section...more
May 21, 2020, 6:28 p.m.
Countries: Guinea
Variables: DV-LAW-1, DV-LAW-2, DV-LAW-3

Domestic violence is covered under article 303 of the Penal Code, which stipulates that deliberate violence, assault and battery between spouses will be punished under the appropriate provisions in the Penal Code. Penalties for physical violence between spouses range from 16 days to five years of imprisonment (Penal Code, art. 295-298). However, article 303 of the Penal Code only refers to physical violence between spouses and does not include former partners and does not cover specifically sexual, psychological and economic violence in the domestic sphere. Furthermore, article 303 stipulates that the spouse who is a victim may stop the prosecution or the effect of the conviction by granting his/her pardon.more
May 21, 2020, 6:19 p.m.
Countries: Chad
Variables: DV-LAW-1, DV-LAW-2

Penal Code, 2017: Art.342. ‐ Is punished with imprisonment from six months to three years and a fine of 20,000 to 200,000 CFA FRANCS, or one of these two penalties, whoever: (a) without harming the physical integrity of his spouse or another person, submits his spouse, or that person, to degrading, humiliating or inhuman treatments of such nature as to cause a psychological disorder, a trauma or mental illness; (b) exercises the same type of violence on his spouse, her partner, a parent or an ally. The same punishments are applicable when the acts of violence are committed against persons other than those referred to in paragraph 1 above, to...more
May 21, 2020, 6:14 p.m.
Countries: Burundi
Variables: DV-LAW-1

Law on the Prevention, Protection of Victims and Punishment of Gender-based Violence, 2016: a) Gender-based violence: any act of violence directed against a person by reason of his or her sex by causing or being able of causing physical, sexual, economic, psychological or emotional harm or suffering, including the threat of such acts, forced or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether in public or private life; b) Gender: a sociocultural concept that refers to the roles, behaviors, attitudes, rights and duties associated with men and women, assigned by society and culture; […] e) Violence against women: any act of violence directed against the female sex causing or likely to cause physical,...more
May 21, 2020, 6:10 p.m.
Countries: Belgium
Variables: DV-LAW-1

Art. 2 . Article 410 of the Penal Code, amended by the laws of May 15, 1912 and March 31, 1987, is supplemented by the following paragraph: "It will also be the same if the guilty has committed the crime or the offense against his spouse or the person with whom he cohabits or has cohabited and maintains or has had a lasting emotional and sexual relationship."
May 21, 2020, 5:59 p.m.
Countries: Belgium
Variables: DV-LAW-1

Domestic violence covers "Any form of physical (e.g. intentional assault and battery), sexual (rape of modesty and rape), psychological (stalking and insults) or economic violence (e.g. abandonment of family) between spouses or persons who live together or have lived together and between a stable emotional and sexual relationship exists or existed."
May 21, 2020, 4:45 p.m.
Countries: Bahrain
Variables: DV-LAW-1

Law on Protection from Domestic Violence 2015: Family: For the purposes of this law, family members are: 1) husband and wife by a legal marriage contract, and their children and grandchildren. 2) children of one of the spouses from another legal marriage. 3) father and mother of any of the spouses. 4) brothers and sisters of any of the spouses. 5) person under the care of an alternative family. Domestic violence: Every act of harm within the family that is inflicted by one of its members, "aggressor", on another one "victim". Domestic violence crimes: The following acts are, according to the provisions of the present law, considered domestic violence crimes:...more
May 21, 2020, 4:38 p.m.
Countries: Armenia
Variables: DV-LAW-1

1. For the purposes of this law the “violence within the family” shall mean an act of physical, sexual, psychological or economic violence occurring between the family members as well as an act of negligence. 2. Forms of violence within the family shall include: 1) Physical violence – battering stipulated in the Republic of Armenia Criminal Code and other acts of violence, intentional infliction of health impairment, unlawful deprivation of liberty, intentional infliction of severe physical pain; 2) Sexual violence – offences against sexual integrity and sexual freedom stipulated in the Republic of Armenia Criminal Code; 3) Psychological violence – intentional infliction of severe mental suffering, including a genuine threat...more
May 6, 2020, 8:40 p.m.
Countries: Rwanda
Variables: DV-LAW-1, DV-LAW-2

"The law provides for imprisonment of three to six months for threatening, harassing, or beating one’s spouse. Domestic violence against women and children was common. Authorities encouraged the reporting of domestic violence cases, although most incidents remained within the extended family and were not reported or prosecuted." (35).
May 1, 2020, noon
Countries: Algeria
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"[Domestic violence is defined as] 'beatings performed by one’s partner (or ex-partner, if it occurs that the infraction is linked with a former marriage relation)' (266).
May 1, 2020, 11:46 a.m.
Countries: Albania
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"'[Domestic] violence' is any act of violence pursuant to point one of this one article committed between persons who are or used to be in a family relation” (2).
April 28, 2020, 8:53 p.m.
Countries: Ukraine
Variables: DV-LAW-1, DV-LAW-2

"Punishment included fines, administrative arrest, and community service. Human rights groups noted the ability of agencies to detect and report cases of domestic violence was limited, and preventive services remained underdeveloped. Human rights groups asserted that law enforcement authorities did not consider domestic violence to be a serious crime but rather a private matter to be settled between spouses. Research showed that most authorities believed that, in domestic violence cases, familial reconciliation was more important than punishing the perpetrator or protecting the victim." (37).
April 22, 2020, 5:16 p.m.
Countries: Lebanon
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"On April 1, 2014, Lebanon’s parliament passed the Law on Protection of Women and Family Members from Domestic Violence. While establishing important protection measures and related policing and court reforms, the law still leaves women at risk of marital rape and other abuse. The law defines domestic violence narrowly, thus failing to provide adequate protection from all forms of abuse and falling short of United Nations guidelines on protection from domestic violence. Lebanese criminal law also still fails to criminalize marital rape" (14). "On April 1, 2014 Lebanon’s parliament passed the Law on Protection of Women and Family Members from Domestic Violence, which came into effect in May 2014.258 While...more
April 19, 2020, 11:08 a.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"The provincial assembly of Punjab enacted the Punjab Protection of Women against Violence Act 2016 to guarantee gender equality; this legislation included special provisions for protection of women against violence and domestic violence. It also promulgated a protection system for women victims to promote effective service delivery and create a conducive environment to encourage and facilitate women to fulfil their role in society (Government of Pakistan 2016b). Similar Acts were promulgated in Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa" (303).
April 3, 2020, 5:29 p.m.
Countries: China
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"One of the ruling Chinese Communist Party’s founding principles, after all, is that women and men are equal, and recent changes in legislation introduced harsher penalties for rapists and child abusers. In December 2015, China’s legislature passed a domestic violence law, although it does not directly address sexual violence" (para 4).
April 1, 2020, 6:28 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"No specific federal law prohibits domestic violence, which was widespread.Forms of domestic violence reportedly included beating, physical disfigurement, shaving of women’s eyebrows and hair, and--in the most extreme cases--homicide. In-laws abused and harassed the wives of their sons. Dowry and other family- related disputes sometimes resulted in death or disfigurement by burning or acid" (38).