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July 11, 2018, 8 p.m.
Countries: Uruguay
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"Decree No. 382 of 2012, to create the National Office of Domestic and Gender Violence, which reports cases of violence to the national police; Comprehensive programme to combat gender-based violence, in 2011" (page 2).
July 6, 2018, 6:49 p.m.
Countries: Uruguay
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"As part of the implementation of the national plan to combat domestic violence, five national meetings were held with the departmental commissions for the fight against domestic violence (four in 2009 and one in 2013), with the aim of strengthening the departments’ institutional matrix and decentralizing the implementation of the plan. The meetings were attended by all member institutions of the National Advisory Council against Domestic Violence (CNCLVD). Training is also provided on an ongoing basis to officials of the agencies making up CNCLVD, including the judiciary (PJ) and the Office of the Public Prosecutor (MPF), in the prevention, detection and treatment of gender violence situations (Tables 1 and 2)....more
June 28, 2018, 4:51 p.m.
Countries: Tanzania
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"Notwithstanding the steps taken to prevent and combat violence against women, such as the development and implementation of a national plan of action for the prevention and eradication of violence against women and children covering the period 2001-2015 on the mainland and in Zanzibar and the establishment of dedicated desks at major police stations throughout the State party to process cases involving children and women who are victims of abuse, the Committee expresses deep concern about: . . . (c) The lack of specific provisions on domestic violence, including marital rape, in the Penal Code; (d) The impunity for perpetrators of such violence and the reluctance of girls who are...more
June 26, 2018, 8:46 p.m.
Countries: Jamaica
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"The law prohibits domestic violence and provides remedies including restraining orders and other noncustodial sentencing" (12).
June 26, 2018, 8:45 p.m.
Countries: Lithuania
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"Rape and domestic violence are criminal offenses" (13).
June 26, 2018, 9:09 a.m.
Countries: New Zealand
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"Violence has significant impacts on the physical and mental health of women. The health system includes activity to prevent, identify and treat family and sexual violence, which women experience at disproportionately higher rates than men. The Health Promotion Agency undertakes health promotion activities that seek to address risk and protective factors for violence, including information and campaigns around alcohol (a risk factor) and improving mental well-being (a protective factor). Women 16 years and over are universally screened for family violence in the following DHB community and hospital services: mental health, alcohol and other drug, paediatrics, maternity, sexual health and emergency departments. Children under 16 years are screened in child health...more
June 25, 2018, 9 p.m.
Countries: Luxembourg
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"The law prohibits domestic violence, and the government effectively enforced the law...If an individual approaches a nongovernmental organization (NGO) for assistance in cases involving domestic abuse, police are required to investigate." (7).
June 25, 2018, 8:57 p.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"The law penalizes domestic violence as well as stalking" (14).
June 25, 2018, 8:56 p.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"The law facilitates protection orders against abusive individuals, requires police to take victims to a place of safety, and allows police to seize firearms at the scene and to arrest abusers without a warrant. The law requires police to protect victims from domestic violence, but police commanders did not always hold officers accountable" (31).
June 25, 2018, 10:56 a.m.
Countries: Turkmenistan
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"In Turkmenistan, there is no specific law on violence against women, although after the Committee’s concluding comments of 2012 and its detailed recommendations, there has been an ongoing discussion on the need to adopt such legislation. The subject of violence against women is no longer a taboo subject, as it was before, which is, in the context of Turkmenistan, a significant achievement, given that gender-based violence, particularly domestic violence, was considered to be exclusively a subject belonging to private family life" (16). "The legislation of Turkmenistan does not include specific legislative acts relating to domestic violence. However, the Criminal Code criminalizes certain acts as wrongful, including when committed in the...more
June 21, 2018, 3:52 p.m.
Countries: Thailand
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"The Committee welcomes the progress achieved, since the consideration in 2006 of the fifth periodic report of the State party (CEDAW/C/THA/CO/5), in undertaking legislative reforms, in particular the adoption of the following: … Protection of Victims of Domestic Violence Act, in 2007" (1-2).
June 14, 2018, 5:52 p.m.
Countries: Sweden
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"Rape, including spousal rape, and domestic violence are illegal, and the government enforced the law effectively...The law provides for protection of survivors from contact with their abusers. When necessary, authorities helped survivors protect their identities or obtain new identities and homes." (10).
June 9, 2018, 4:42 p.m.
Countries: Kenya
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"The Committee welcomes the progress achieved...in particular the adoption of the...Protection against Domestic Violence Act, in 2015" (1-2)
June 9, 2018, 4:42 p.m.
Countries: Kenya
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"The Committee welcomes the adoption of the Protection against Domestic Violence Act of 2015" (6)
June 8, 2018, 1:24 p.m.
Countries: Turkey
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"The Committee welcomes the progress achieved since the consideration in 2010 of the State party’s sixth periodic report (CEDAW/C/TUR/6) in undertaking legislative reforms, in particular the adoption of Law No. 6284 on the Prevention of Violence against Women and the Protection of the Family, in 2012" (page 1-2). "The Committee notes the adoption in 2012 of Law No. 6284 on the Prevention of Violence against Women and the Protection of the Family. It notes with concern, however, that the law does not criminalize domestic violence as such, and includes no provision relating to the prosecution or punishment of perpetrators" (page 8).
June 7, 2018, 5:24 p.m.
Countries: Taiwan
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"The law criminalizes rape, including spousal rape, and domestic violence" (9). "The law allows prosecutors to take the initiative in investigating complaints of domestic violence without waiting for the victim to file a formal complaint" (10).
June 6, 2018, 8:37 p.m.
Countries: Papua New Guinea
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"The law criminalizes intimate-partner violence, but it nonetheless persisted throughout the country and was generally committed with impunity...The law also gives legislative backing for interim protection orders" (15).
June 5, 2018, 6:03 p.m.
Countries: Greece
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"Amendments to this law grant a residency permit on humanitarian grounds to nonEU nationals in the following categories: …victims of domestic violence…" (11). "Domestic violence is a crime with penalties of from two to 10 years’ imprisonment" (20).
June 3, 2018, 5:28 p.m.
Countries: Russia
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"Domestic violence remained a major problem. There is no significant domestic violence provision in the criminal code and no legal definition of domestic violence. The laws that address bodily harm are general in nature and do not permit police to initiate a criminal investigation unless the victim files a complaint. The burden of collecting evidence in such cases typically falls on the alleged victims. Federal law prohibits battery, assault, threats, and killing, but most acts of domestic violence did not fall within the jurisdiction of the Prosecutor’s Office," (53). "Physical harm, property, and family rights cases, such as divorce, asset division, and child custody, cannot be heard in the same...more
June 1, 2018, 5:56 p.m.
Countries: France
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"The law prohibits domestic violence against women and men, including spousal abuse, and the government generally enforced the law" (16).
June 1, 2018, 10:46 a.m.
Countries: Sri Lanka
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"The enactment of the Prevention of Domestic Violence Act (2005)" (2) "The Committee is concerned about the persistence of stereotypes regarding the roles, responsibilities and identities of women and men among the general public and the media. The Committee is concerned that gender role stereotyping perpetuates discrimination against women and girls and is reflected in their disadvantageous and unequal status in many areas, such as employment, decision-making, land ownership, education including sexual and reproductive education, sexual harassment and other forms of violence against women, including violence in family relations" (5).
May 29, 2018, 7:52 p.m.
Countries: Solomon Islands
Variables: DV-LAW-1, DV-LAW-2

"In August 2014 Parliament passed a Family Protection Act criminalizing domestic violence with punishment including three years’ jail time and up to SI$4,150 ($564) in fines" (9).
May 29, 2018, 7:51 p.m.
Countries: Laos
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"Domestic violence is illegal, but there is no law against marital rape, and domestic violence often went unreported due to social stigma" (19).
May 29, 2018, 7:49 p.m.
Countries: Ireland
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"The law criminalizes domestic violence. It authorizes prosecution of a violent family member and provides victims with “safety orders,” which prohibit a person from engaging in violent actions or threats, and “barring orders,” which prohibit an offender from entering the family home for up to three years...The law covers cohabiting couples, including same-sex couples and parents with a child in common, but not individuals in intimate relationships who have not cohabited. " (11-12).
May 29, 2018, 10:25 a.m.
Countries: Sri Lanka
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"The enactment of the Prevention of Domestic Violence Act (2005)" (2) "The Committee is concerned about the persistence of stereotypes regarding the roles, responsibilities and identities of women and men among the general public and the media. The Committee is concerned that gender role stereotyping perpetuates discrimination against women and girls and is reflected in their disadvantageous and unequal status in many areas, such as employment, decision-making, land ownership, education including sexual and reproductive education, sexual harassment and other forms of violence against women, including violence in family relations" (5).
May 15, 2018, 10:03 a.m.
Countries: Nigeria
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"The Committee notes the efforts to review discriminatory laws by the Nigerian Law Reform Commission and through the ongoing constitutional review process. It also notes the pluralistic legal system in the State party, whereby statutory, customary and Islamic personal laws are applicable side by side. It is concerned that certain aspects of those laws are incompatible with one another and with the Convention. The Committee is particularly concerned that, notwithstanding the comprehensive audit of discriminatory laws conducted by the Commission and the fact that the State party ratified the Convention in 1985, various discriminatory provisions remain in effect, including...Section 55 of the Criminal Code, which permits wife battery as chastisement...more
May 13, 2018, 6:48 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1, LRW-LAW-1, LRW-LAW-2, LRCM-PRACTICE-1, LRCM-LAW-2, MARR-PRACTICE-1, MARR-LAW-1, IAW-PRACTICE-1, IAW-LAW-1, DV-PRACTICE-1, DV-LAW-1, DV-LAW-2

"The EVAW law criminalizes violence against women, including rape, battery, or beating; forced marriage; humiliation; intimidation; and deprivation of inheritance, although its implementation remained limited. The law provides for a sentence of 16 to 20 years’ imprisonment for rape. If the act results in the death of the victim, the law provides for a death sentence for the perpetrator. The law provides for imprisonment of up to seven years for the “violation of chastity of a woman...that does not result in adultery (such as sexual touching).” Under the law, rape does not include spousal rape. The law was not widely understood, and some in the public and the religious communities...more
May 11, 2018, 12:35 p.m.
Countries: Belarus
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"The Committee notes with concern the increase in the prevalence of genderbased violence against women, including sexual and psychological violence, and: The requirement of the written consent of a victim of domestic violence for the issuance of a restraining order evicting an abusive partner or family member from the victim’s residence, pursuant to the Crime Prevention Act of 2014" (pg 5-6).
May 9, 2018, 4:01 p.m.
Countries: Haiti
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"The Committee is deeply concerned that...No legislation has been adopted specifically criminalizing violence against women, including domestic violence" (7).
May 5, 2018, 3:12 p.m.
Countries: Slovenia
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"The Committee welcomes the progress achieved since the consideration in 2008 of the State party's fourth periodic report...in undertaking legislative reforms, in particular the adoption of the following legislation...Family Violence Prevention Act, in 2008, to define forms of family violence and determine the role, tasks and cooperation of the various State authorities and non-governmental organizations in dealing with family violence, in addition to measures for the protection of victims of family violence" (2). "The Committee welcomes the State party's efforts to improve its institutional and policy framework aimed at accelerating the elimination of discrimination against women and promoting gender equality, such as the adoption of the following...National programme on the...more