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Jan. 20, 2018, 10:59 a.m.
Countries: Bahrain
Variables: LRW-LAW-4, LRCM-LAW-2, MURDER-PRACTICE-1, DV-LAW-1

"The Committee notes the existence of a bill to combat domestic violence (on which drafting began in 2007) and the assurances given by the State party’s delegation that it is currently under consideration by the chambers of the parliament. Nevertheless, the Committee is deeply concerned about the slow process of adopting specific legislation that would eliminate violence against women in all settings and include a definition of violence and provisions on remedies and sanctions. The Committee reiterates its concern that several provisions of the Penal Code condone acts of violence against women by exempting perpetrators from punishment. In particular, it regrets that the Penal Code excludes marital rape, that article ...more
Jan. 17, 2018, 4:41 p.m.
Countries: Israel
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"The Knesset has furthered protection of human rights in some fields by specific legislation, including the Prevention of Family Violence Law 1751-1991" (14).
Jan. 8, 2018, 10:24 a.m.
Countries: Tunisia
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"On July 26, the Tunisian parliament passed the Law on Eliminating Violence Against Women, which introduces criminal provisions and penalties for perpetrators of domestic violence" (para 6).
Dec. 26, 2017, 10:52 p.m.
Countries: Panama
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"The law criminalizes domestic abuse and family violence with prison terms of two to four years and makes domestic violence an aggravating circumstance in homicide cases. It also mandates education and violence prevention measures, as well as a host of victim support services, but the government did not implement the law effectively"(16)
Dec. 20, 2017, 7:42 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1, DV-LAW-1

"Statistics released in 2016 show the continuous exposure of a large number of Saudi women to violence, despite a domestic violence awareness campaign launched in 2013 and a subsequent law criminalizing domestic abuse" (para 7).
Dec. 20, 2017, 2:45 p.m.
Countries: Italy
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"Italian officials said cases of violence against women have dropped significantly over the years. In 2016, reports of domestic violence decreased by 23 percent, while instances of women murdered by their partners dropped by 5 percent, according to the interior ministry" (para 11).
Dec. 20, 2017, 1:15 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1, DV-LAW-1, DV-LAW-2

"[an Afghani woman] was being abused by her husband, and she had the physical wounds to show it. At first, the government lawyer assigned to her, a man in his 60s, asked for a bribe. She decided to pay for his phone credit and gas for his car. Then, even after she got her divorce and her husband was sentenced to three years in prison, the lawyer would not stop calling" (para 18).
Dec. 20, 2017, 11:56 a.m.
Countries: Tunisia
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"In response, the Ministry of Women and Family Affairs in 2014 created a draft bill criminalizing domestic violence. Al-Nahda supported the bill, stating that the party does not view protecting women from injury as contradicting Islamic law. The draft law was approved in July 2016, though it has yet to go into effect. Its provisions include prohibiting all forms of violence against women (physical, psychological, sexual or economic), and issuing prison sentences or financial penalties should the law be broken. The law criminalizes marital rape, ends impunity for rapists who marry their victims and also criminalizes sexual harassment, with either imprisonment or financial penalty as the consequence. The penalty for ...more
Dec. 20, 2017, 11:56 a.m.
Countries: Morocco
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"In response to both these numbers and more than three decades of advocacy led by women’s groups, two ministries — the Ministry of Solidarity, Women, Family and Social Development and the Ministry of Justice and Liberties — created a draft law and placed it before the general secretariat in September 2013. Due to criticism from women’s groups of the inadequacy of the scope of definition and protections provided under the proposed law, Prime Minister Abdelilah Benkirane placed the law under a direct commission to be revised, and it was presented before the general secretariat yet again in July 2016. Though the Moroccan Justice and Legislation Parliamentary Committee consists of 44 ...more
Dec. 13, 2017, 11:35 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"In fact, apart from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, which chose to send its draft bill on domestic violence to the Council of Islamic Ideology for approval, other provinces have legislated to make domestic violence a crime" (para 4).
Dec. 7, 2017, 5:29 p.m.
Countries: Turkey
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"The marriage will be observed for five years and if there is no physical violence then there will be no punishment" (para 5) (Coder comment: non-physical abuse would not be prosecuted - ARR).
Dec. 1, 2017, 1:47 p.m.
Countries: Ghana
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"Due to the increased violence, high-ranking chiefs in northern Ghana have drawn up a legal document to protect those accused of witchcraft. Humphrey Kuupire from the Northern Regional House of Chiefs called on residents of Tamale to follow established traditional norms of dealing with such accusations. Since the rise of witchcraft-related attacks, the body has frequently been intervening to settle such cases" (para 9). CC: Threatening killing and violence could be considered domestic violence.
Nov. 30, 2017, 6:12 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"Provincial assemblies, meanwhile, have made some strides in bringing about legislation ensuring justice for women — including the Sindh Early Marriage Restraint Act, 2013 and the Punjab Protection of Women Against Violence Act, 2016. In fact, apart from Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, which chose to send its draft bill on domestic violence to the Council of Islamic Ideology for approval, other provinces have legislated to make domestic violence a crime" (para 3).
Nov. 27, 2017, 11:34 a.m.
Countries: Lebanon
Variables: CLCW-LAW-1, CLCC-LAW-1, DV-LAW-1

"Two of the main struggles feminist organizations in Lebanon have been leading for years are the right for Lebanese women to [pass on] their nationality to their spouse and children, and amending the domestic violence law to improve protections for women" (para 15).
Nov. 10, 2017, 1:02 p.m.
Countries: North Korea
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"The law states that a man who has sexual intercourse with a girl under age 15 shall be 'punished gravely.' There was no reporting on whether the government upheld this law"(14)
Nov. 3, 2017, 10:51 a.m.
Countries: Iraq
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"In the Middle East and North Africa, seven countries or autonomous regions have legislation or regulations on domestic violence: Algeria, Bahrain, Iraqi Kurdistan, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, and Saudi Arabia"(4)
Nov. 3, 2017, 10:51 a.m.
Countries: Algeria, Bahrain, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"In the Middle East and North Africa, seven countries or autonomous regions have legislation or regulations on domestic violence: Algeria, Bahrain, Iraqi Kurdistan, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, and Saudi Arabia"(4)
Nov. 3, 2017, 10:47 a.m.
Countries: Morocco
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"Morocco should strengthen and adopt draft laws that would improve protection for victims of domestic violence"(1)."'Many women and girls enduring domestic violence don’t get the help they need from Moroccan authorities,' said Rothna Begum, Middle East and North Africa women’s rights researcher at Human Rights Watch. 'Adopting and enforcing a strong domestic violence law would not only help victims, but also help the authorities do their jobs'"(1)."Morocco has taken steps toward legal reform on domestic violence, and three bills are pending. A bill on violence against women, which includes provisions on domestic violence, was developed by the Ministry of Solidarity, Women, Family and Social Development and the Ministry of Justice ...more
Oct. 26, 2017, 4:32 p.m.
Countries: Cambodia
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"in Cambodia, for example] is that a majority of people know that domestic violence is against the law" (para 12).
Oct. 20, 2017, 10:49 a.m.
Countries: Nigeria
Variables: INFIB-LAW-1, DV-LAW-1, RISW-PRACTICE-1

"While the former President Dr. Goodluck Jonathan was considered to have failed to effectively address the Boko Haram insurgency, in a bold exit move, he also left a legacy for the women of Nigeria, when he signed the Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) Act 2015 on May 25, 2015. The Act prohibits FGM, spousal battery, among other violations" (para 12).
Oct. 10, 2017, 6:57 p.m.
Countries: China
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"Domestic violence was only made illegal in 2015, though the legislation failed to cover sex crimes" (para 9).
Aug. 31, 2017, 10:54 a.m.
Countries: China
Variables: DV-LAW-1

“Corporal punishment in schools was outlawed in China in 1986” (para 4). “The Anti-Domestic Violence Law took effect on March 1” (para 11).
Aug. 24, 2017, 3:28 p.m.
Countries: Burma/Myanmar
Variables: DV-LAW-1

“The legislation is being introduced as the country opens up after half a century of military rule, and includes new laws to criminalise domestic violence for the first time” (para 3). “There are currently no laws to prevent domestic violence against women” (para 9). “The penal code includes some provisions against rape, although that does not cover husbands who abuse their wives unless they are under the age of 13” (para 10).
July 28, 2017, 7:07 a.m.
Countries: Russia
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"Russia looks likely to enact a law decriminalizing domestic violence, downgrading first offenses from a criminal act to a misdemeanor punishable by fine. The bill was approved by all but two present members of Russia’s Lower House on Wednesday, the Moscow Times reports. Critics say the bill is a clear backslide on women’s rights; it would remove most legal and disciplinary distinctions between violence in the family household and street assaults, which were decriminalized in Russia in 2016" (para 1-3). "One of the bill’s authors, Olga Batalina, reportedly told her fellow lawmakers that the amendment would only concern assaults causing 'bruises or grazes.' RFE/RL also cited ruling party official Andrei ...more
July 5, 2017, 5:10 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: DV-LAW-1, RISW-PRACTICE-1

"In 2013, the Saudi Cabinet passed unprecedented legislation that criminalizes domestic violence. The legislation holds law-enforcement agencies accountable for investigating and prosecuting domestic violence cases, which police previously dealt with as a private domestic matter. The hotline 1919 has been established to report suspected abuse" (para 14-15).
July 5, 2017, 4:22 p.m.
Countries: Lebanon
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"This step comes after the adoption of the domestic violence law in April 2014 that guarantees more protection for women and children from violence in a household" (para 10).
July 3, 2017, 2:58 p.m.
Countries: Japan
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"The Committee is further concerned at:...The uncertainty regarding the application of the Spousal Violence Prevention Act to all women in all family settings and the reluctance of the judiciary to issue protective measures in such cases" (6)
July 3, 2017, 2:58 p.m.
Countries: Japan
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"The Committee is further concerned at:...Reports of inordinate delays in the issuance of emergency protection orders by courts, which expose victims of violence, including domestic violence, to a risk of further violence" (6)
June 28, 2017, 11:15 a.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: DV-LAW-1

Table B7.2 shows state statutes on violence and employment in 2014. The states that do have employment rights law for victims of domestic violence (which includes things such as leave or prohibiting the firing of victims) are California, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Kansas, Maine, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Washington (259)
June 28, 2017, 11:15 a.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: DV-LAW-1

Table B7.2 shows state statutes on violence and employment in 2014. States that do not provide unemployment insurance benefits to domestic violence victims are Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, and West Virginia (259)