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Nov. 30, 2018, 9:44 a.m.
Countries: Cape Verde
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"Domestic violence is punishable… This 2001 law focuses on increasing protection of victims, strengthening penalties for convicted offenders, and raising awareness regarding gender-based violence. The law calls for establishing several care centers, with financial and management autonomy, but implementation lagged due to inadequate staffing and financial resources" (10).
Nov. 28, 2018, 12:59 p.m.
Countries: Mexico
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"The federal penal code prohibits domestic violence and stipulates penalties between six months’ and four years’ imprisonment. Twenty-eight states and the Federal District stipulate similar penalties, although actual sentences were often more lenient. Federal law does not criminalize spousal abuse. State and municipal laws addressing domestic violence largely failed to meet the required federal standards and often were unenforced, although states and municipalities, especially in the north, were beginning to prioritize training on domestic violence" (para 19). "There were numerous reports of child abuse. The government sought to increase comprehensive protection of children through passage of the General Law on the Rights of Children and Adolescents, adopted in December 2014....more
Nov. 28, 2018, 12:58 p.m.
Countries: Mexico
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"The federal penal code prohibits domestic violence and stipulates penalties between six months’ and four years’ imprisonment. Twenty-eight states and the Federal District stipulate similar penalties, although actual sentences were often more lenient. Federal law does not criminalize spousal abuse. State and municipal laws addressing domestic violence largely failed to meet the required federal standards and often were unenforced, although states and municipalities, especially in the north, were beginning to prioritize training on domestic violence" (para 19). "There were numerous reports of child abuse. The government sought to increase comprehensive protection of children through passage of the General Law on the Rights of Children and Adolescents, adopted in December 2014....more
Nov. 26, 2018, 4:14 p.m.
Countries: Turkey
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"The law prohibits violence against women, but human rights organizations claimed the government did not effectively enforce it . . . The law covers all women, regardless of marital status, and provides for police and local authorities to grant various levels of protection and support services to survivors of violence or to those at risk of violence. It also requires government services, such as shelter and temporary financial support, for victims and provides for family courts to impose sanctions on perpetrators. The law provides for the establishment of prevention-of-violence and monitoring centers to offer economic, psychological, legal, and social assistance . . . Regulations call for a state funded women’s...more
Nov. 17, 2018, 1:01 p.m.
Countries: Russia
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"Whereas abusers had previously faced up to two years in jail, under the new statute they risked only 15 days, or a maximum fine of about $440, or 60 to 120 hours of community service. That was for any act against a spouse or child that causes bruising or bleeding but not a broken bone, as long as it did not happen more than once a year" (para 8).
Nov. 16, 2018, 12:39 p.m.
Countries: Bhutan
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"The law prohibits domestic violence" (13).
Nov. 16, 2018, 9:46 a.m.
Countries: Burma/Myanmar
Variables: LRW-LAW-1, LRCM-LAW-2, DV-LAW-1

"Burma has an inadequate legal framework to protect female victims of violence. Since the transition to a quasi-civilian government in 2011, the Government has promised to enact a comprehensive PoVAW Law. No PoVAW Law has been passed, though for years draft laws have circulated within the Government. No draft law has been made available publicly for comment and the failure to prioritize passage of protections for women encourages repeat offenders, and deprives victims of confidence in the legal system. This failure is notable since the Government has amended, passed or revoked approximately 200 laws since 2011, including legislation to protect foreign investors and to curtail women’s rights to choose a...more
Nov. 16, 2018, 9:30 a.m.
Countries: Belgium
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"The law prohibits domestic violence and provides for fines and incarceration" (9).
Nov. 15, 2018, 12:07 p.m.
Countries: Mexico
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"The Committee takes note with appreciation of the progress of the State party's legislative and institutional framework to address violence against women at the Federal level, which includes, inter alia: a) The adoption of the General Law on Women's Access to a Life Free of Violence (LGAMVLV-2007) and its regulations (2008)... c) The establishment of the National System to Prevent, Treat, Punish and Eradicate Violence against Women (SNPASEVM) to promote inter-institutional coordinated actions on violence against women" (2). "The Committee recommends that the State Party: ... e) Take measures to improve support services for women and girls victims of violence, including by guaranteeing their access to established care centres and...more
Nov. 12, 2018, 8:37 p.m.
Countries: Kosovo
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"Convictions for domestic violence carry prison terms of six months to five years. The law treats domestic violence as a civil matter unless the victim suffers bodily harm. Failure to comply with a civil court’s judgment relating to a domestic violence case is a criminal and prosecutable offense, although prosecutions for this offense were rare" (para 110)
Nov. 2, 2018, 9:21 a.m.
Countries: Kazakhstan
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"Legislation identifies various types of domestic violence, such as physical, psychological, sexual, and economic, and outlines the responsibilities of local and national governments and NGOs in providing support to domestic violence victims. The law also outlines mechanisms for the issuance of restraining orders and provides for the 24-hour administrative detention of abusers. The law sets the maximum sentence for spousal assault and battery at 10 years in prison, the same as for any assault. The law also permits prohibiting offenders from living with the victim if the perpetrator has somewhere else to live; allows victims of domestic violence to receive appropriate care regardless of the place of residence; and replaces...more
Oct. 26, 2018, 8:42 a.m.
Countries: Senegal
Variables: DV-LAW-1, DV-LAW-2

"Domestic violence that causes lasting injuries is punishable with a prison sentence of 10 to 20 years. If an act of domestic violence causes death, the law prescribes life imprisonment" (page 14).
Oct. 25, 2018, 10:20 p.m.
Countries: Burma/Myanmar
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"Laws prohibit committing bodily harm against another person, but there are no laws specifically against domestic violence or spousal abuse unless the wife is younger than 14" (38).
Oct. 22, 2018, 9:31 p.m.
Countries: Iran
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"The law does not specifically prohibit domestic violence" (para 149)
Oct. 19, 2018, 7:59 p.m.
Countries: Indonesia
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"The law prohibits domestic abuse and other forms of violence against women; nevertheless, domestic violence was a problem" (para 145). "Child labor and sexual abuse were serious problems. The law prohibits child abuse, but government efforts to combat it were slow and ineffective. The Child Protection Act addresses economic and sexual exploitation of children as well as adoption, guardianship, and other issues; however, some provincial governments did not enforce its provisions" (para 163)
Oct. 17, 2018, 1:08 p.m.
Countries: Palestine
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"Palestine also does not have a domestic violence law, which makes it difficult to adequately protect survivors of domestic violence or prosecute abusers" (para 14). "Palestinian authorities are considering a draft Family Protection Law that would remedy this if amended in line with international standards" (para 16).
Oct. 17, 2018, 1:03 p.m.
Countries: Algeria, Bahrain, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"In recent years, almost half of the countries and autonomous regions in the Middle East and North Africa have introduced some form of domestic violence legislation or regulation, including Algeria, Bahrain, the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Tunisia, and Saudi Arabia. These laws vary in the degree to which they comply with international standards" (para 52).
Oct. 17, 2018, 12:57 p.m.
Countries: Lebanon, Morocco
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"Lebanon’s Law on Protection of Women and Family Members from Domestic Violence, for instance, includes a mechanism to finance assistance for survivors and measures to protect and prevent domestic violence as provided in the law, and Morocco’s Law no. 103-13 on combating violence against women includes domestic violence by fiancés" (para 51).
Oct. 12, 2018, 2:17 p.m.
Countries: Morocco
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"On February 14, the Moroccan parliament adopted a new law on violence against women that criminalizes harassment, aggression, sexual exploitation or ill treatment of women. Under the new law, tougher penalties are imposed for some forms of violence in the penal code when committed within the family" (para 2-3).
Oct. 12, 2018, 1:15 p.m.
Countries: Brazil
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"Many on social media also used the hashtags #feminicidio and #MariaDaPenha, noting that the violence occurred just before the anniversary of a groundbreaking 2006 domestic abuse law imposing long sentences on offenders and named in honor of a survivor of violence, Maria da Penha" (para 14).
Oct. 12, 2018, 10:54 a.m.
Countries: China
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"In March 2016, domestic violence was outlawed in China after decades of organizing by feminist activists" (para 7). "The women's right organization, Equality, found that 149 people were granted access to the 2,000 facilities set up to house such survivors. 'Eligibility requirements are harsh, while regulations at the centers are strict and services are inadequate,' Lu wrote" (para 8).
Oct. 5, 2018, 5:56 p.m.
Countries: Ukraine
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"Act on Preventing and Combating Domestic Violence, in 2016...Concept of the National Programme on Prevention and Combating Domestic Violence (2017-2020)" (Pg 2). "That domestic violence is not criminalized and there is no specific definition of gender-based violence in the State party’s legislation" (Pg 10).
Oct. 4, 2018, 1:01 p.m.
Countries: Morocco
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2, DV-LAW-1

"Morocco's parliament has approved legislation against violence on women" (para 1). "However, the legislation does not contemplate spousal abuse, a controversial issue in civil society" (para 4).
Oct. 3, 2018, 1:31 p.m.
Countries: Honduras
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"Violence between domestic and intimate partners continued to be widespread and affected all levels of society. [The law provides penalties of two to four years in prison" (para 101)
Oct. 2, 2018, 11:18 a.m.
Countries: Bolivia
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"The Bolivian government has been implementing progressive measures to address violence against women. In 2013, the country introduced a harsher sentencing framework in cases involving violence against women, increasing the incarceration period for a felon convicted of femicide to 30 years" (para 6-7). "Currently, the Justice Minister Virginia Velasco and the Magistrate Council are introducing a new method for fighting violence against women: to apply for public office, Bolivians now must produce a document stating that they have no criminal record of gender violence, or violence against a family member" (para 8).
Sept. 26, 2018, 11:25 a.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"Within the sphere of women’s rights, the Sindh Assembly has enacted there major laws which include the Domestic Violence (Prevention and Protection) Act of 2013, Sindh Child Marriage Restraint Act of 2013 and the Sindh Commission on the Status of Women Act of 2015. However, unfortunately, these laws have not successfully delivered on account of diverse reasons. This includes the fact that most of the implementation and monitoring structures to be set up under these laws are still pending.--this last paragraph is really important talking about implementation of all of these laws needs to be coded with this context " (para 3-4).
Sept. 24, 2018, 10:50 p.m.
Countries: Iraq
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"Domestic violence remained a pervasive problem, and there was no law prohibiting domestic violence" (para 234). "There is no law against domestic violence in Iraq" (para 238). "The law in the IKR makes domestic violence, including physical and psychological abuse, threats of violence, and spousal rape, a crime" (para 241)
Sept. 14, 2018, 10:13 a.m.
Countries: Maldives
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"A 2012 domestic violence act covering all types of domestic relations prohibits physical, sexual, verbal, psychological, and financial abuse. It also extends protection to wives against being forcibly impregnated by their husbands against medical orders and includes an extensive list of other abuses for which protection is provided" (18).
Sept. 14, 2018, 9:01 a.m.
Countries: Romania
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"The law prohibits domestic violence and allows police intervention in such cases" (24).
Sept. 12, 2018, 9:50 p.m.
Countries: Eritrea
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"Domestic violence is punishable as assault and battery" (para 105)