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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)
May 31, 2017, 8:34 a.m.
Countries: Zimbabwe
Variables: DV-LAW-1

Article 2: "complainant, in relation to a respondent, means— (a) a current, former or estranged spouse of the respondent; or (b) a child of the respondent, whether born in or out of wedlock, and includes an adopted child and a step-child; or (c) any person who is or has been living with the respondent, whether related to the respondent or not; or (d) any person who— (i) co-habits with the respondent; or (ii) is or has been in an intimate relationship with the respondent;"
May 31, 2017, 8:32 a.m.
Countries: Zambia
Variables: DV-LAW-1, DV-LAW-2

"The Anti-Gender-based Violence Act of 2010 criminalizes spousal rape, and the penal code criminalizes domestic violence between spouses and among family members living in one home. The law provides for prosecution of most GBV crimes, and penalties for conviction of assault range from a fine to 25 years in prison, depending on the severity of injury and whether a weapon was used during the assault. The law requires medical reports prepared by certified practitioners for the prosecution of cases of violence against women (and also against men), but there were few certified practitioners in rural areas. The law provides for protection orders for victims of domestic and gender violence, and ...more
May 31, 2017, 8:28 a.m.
Countries: Vietnam
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"Article 2. Acts of domestic violence 1. Acts of domestic violence include: a/ Persecuting, maltreating, beating or other intentional acts that harm another family member's health or life; b/ Reviling or other intentional acts that offend another family member's honor or dignity; c/ Isolating, driving away or frequently imposing psychological pressures that cause serious consequences; d/ Obstructing the exercise of rights and fulfillment of responsibilities concerning family relationships between grandparents and grandchildren; parents and children; wives and husbands; and among siblings; e/ Forcing sex; f/ Forcing early marriage; forcing marriage or divorce, or obstructing voluntary and progressive marriage; g/ Appropriating, destroying, breaking or other intentional acts that damage private property ...more
May 31, 2017, 8:24 a.m.
Countries: Venezuela
Variables: DV-LAW-1

Article 72: The body receiving the complaint must: 1. Receive the complaint, which may be presented orally or in writing. 2. To order the necessary and urgent measures, among others, the practice of the medical examinations corresponding to the woman attacked in the public or private health centers of the locality. 3. Provide timely guidance to women in situations of gender-based violence. 4. To order the compulsory appearance of the alleged aggressor, for the purposes of the corresponding declaration and other necessary steps that allow the clarification of the facts denounced. 5. To impose the pertinent security and safety measures established in this Law. 6. Form the respective file. (which ...more
May 31, 2017, 8:23 a.m.
Countries: Venezuela
Variables: DV-LAW-1

Article 87 (protection): "The measures of protection and security are of a preventive nature to protect the woman attacked in its physical, psychological, sexual and patrimonial integrity, and of any action that violates or threatens the rights contemplated in this Law, thus avoiding new acts of violence And will be immediately applicable by the receiving bodies."
May 31, 2017, 8:23 a.m.
Countries: Venezuela
Variables: DV-LAW-1

Article 87 (protection): "The measures of protection and security are of a preventive nature to protect the woman attacked in its physical, psychological, sexual and patrimonial integrity, and of any action that violates or threatens the rights contemplated in this Law, thus avoiding new acts of violence And will be immediately applicable by the receiving bodies."
May 31, 2017, 8:23 a.m.
Countries: Venezuela
Variables: DV-LAW-1

Article 15: Violence against women referred to in this Law includes any sexist act that has or may result in physical, sexual, psychological, emotional, labor, economic or property damage or suffering; Coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, as well as the threat of such acts, whether occurring in the public or private sphere. 5) Domestic violence: It is any active or omissive behavior, constant or not, of physical force or psychological violence, intimidation, persecution or threat against the woman by the spouse, the concubine, ex-spouse, ex-partner, person with whom he maintains or maintained a relationship of affectivity, ascendants, descendants, relatives collateral, consanguineous and related.
May 31, 2017, 8:12 a.m.
Countries: Thailand
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"6. The notification to the competent official under Section 5 may be made orally or in writing or any other method. If a competent official has found domestic violence conduct or is notified under Section 5, the competent official shall have the power to enter the place of residence or the place where the crime occurred to inquire into the violent person in the family. The victim of domestic violence or any other person who is in that location about the action was notified. Include the power to arrange for the victim of domestic violence to receive medical treatment from a doctor. And get advice from a psychiatrist, psychologist or ...more
May 31, 2017, 8:06 a.m.
Countries: Tajikistan
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"Even when a woman has sustained physical injuries, evidentiary requirements for documenting injuries are reportedly cumbersome, making proof difficult to obtain and preventing women from pressing charges against their abusers (see section IV for additional barriers to criminal prosecution)."
May 31, 2017, 8:05 a.m.
Countries: Tajikistan
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"While the Family Violence Law provides law enforcement with the authority to issue protection orders, in practice, few women have successfully obtained them. The Law provides little guidance to women and their legal representatives as to how to obtain protection orders and to law enforcement authorities on the precise steps that must be taken to issue protection orders. Even if a woman is able to obtain a protection order, the order provides minimal protection from further abuse because, for example, the Law does not provide for “no contact” or “move out” provisions for the abuser nor does it provide adequate enforcement mechanisms for violations."
May 31, 2017, 8:01 a.m.
Countries: Tajikistan
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"4. The protective order is issued by the chief or deputy chief of the department of internal affairs at the place of domestic violence and is issued within 24 hours from the moment of committing the violence in the family or from the moment of submitting an application on the fact of committing violence in the family or the threat of its use to the perpetrator Violence against a family member. 5. The protective order is issued for a period of up to 15 days. Based on the application of the victim or his legal representative, the duration of the protective order at the request of the head of the ...more
May 31, 2017, 7:53 a.m.
Countries: Suriname
Variables: DV-LAW-1

Any deliberate act or omission resulting in bodily injury or injury, including the acts as punished by the Second Book, Articles 19, 20 and 21 of the Criminal Code, as well as an attempt to do so; Any sexually charged behavior or multiple conduct with sexual orientation against the victim's will, as well as Articles 290 to 306 of the Criminal Code and an attempt to do so; (Translated from Dutch)
May 31, 2017, 7:51 a.m.
Countries: Suriname
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"Domestic Violence is governed by the 2009 Law on Combating Domestic Violence while the Moral Law, which was amended in 2009, governs the law on sexual offences. The Moral Law is included in the Penal Code. The Penal Code criminalizes rape including marital rape. Rape in Suriname is gender neutral thereby applying to males. As of 2012, legislation prohibiting stalking was also adopted. However there is no law in place to protect against sexual harassment, although a draft is apparently under discussion. The Act Fighting Domestic Violence was passed in 2009. It protects against acts of domestic violence and the threat of domestic violence and provides for the issuance of ...more
May 31, 2017, 7:44 a.m.
Countries: South Korea
Variables: DV-LAW-1

The purpose of this Act is to establish a special procedure for the criminal punishment procedure of domestic violence crimes, and to provide protection against domestic violence crimes by the protection of the environment and the correction of sexual violence. It aims to restore the peace and stability of the destroyed family, cultivate a healthy family, and protect the human rights of the victims and family members. 1. "Domestic violence" refers to any act involving physical, mental, or property damage between family members. 2. "Family member" means a person who falls under any of the following items: a) a spouse (including a person who is actually in a marital relationship, ...more
May 31, 2017, 7:41 a.m.
Countries: Somalia
Variables: DV-LAW-1

Provisional Constitution, Article 15 (2): Every person has the right to personal security, and this includes: the prohibition of illegal detention, all forms of violence, including any form of violence against women, torture, or inhumane treatment
May 31, 2017, 7:18 a.m.
Countries: Portugal
Variables: DV-LAW-1, DV-LAW-2

"Criminal Code: - Who, whether or not repeatedly, inflict physical or psychological maltreatment, including corporal punishment, deprivation of liberty and sexual offenses: A) To the spouse or former spouse; B) The person of another or the same sex with whom the agent maintains or has maintained a relationship of relationship or a relationship similar to that of the spouses, even without cohabitation; C) The parent of common descendant in 1st degree; or (D) a person who is particularly defenseless, in particular on account of age, disability, illness, pregnancy or economic dependency; Shall be punished with imprisonment from one to five years, if a more severe penalty does not fit him ...more
May 29, 2017, 7:24 a.m.
Countries: Panama
Variables: DV-LAW-1

(translated from Spanish [CODER COMMENT]) "Article 200. Whoever harasses or attacks physically, psychologically or patrimonially to another member of The family will be punished with imprisonment of two to four years or arrest of weekends and Multidisciplinary therapeutic treatment in a state or private health center that counts With specialized attention, provided that the conduct does not constitute punishable offenses with punishment higher. In any of these cases, the competent authority shall apply the protective measures Corresponding to the victims. This penalty shall apply to physical injuries resulting in incapacity not exceeding The thirty days. For the purposes of this article, the described behaviors are applicable in case of: L. ...more
May 29, 2017, 7:17 a.m.
Countries: Panama
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"Domestic violence. Pattern of conduct in which physical force or Sexual or psychological violence, intimidation, or persecution of a person for spouse, ex-spouse, relatives or relatives with whom you cohabit or have lived or live under the same roof or sustain or have legally recognized relationship, or with a person who has a consensual relationship, or with a person with whom at least one child has been born, to cause harm physical to your person or the person of another to cause emotional harm."
May 29, 2017, 7:14 a.m.
Countries: Panama
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"In this vein, the Act also gives power to the corresponding authority to apply protective measures that are not of his competency, making the request to the empowered authority for it to implement the suggested measures or to consider other relevant, in a seventy-two hours period. It also establishes the duration of 6 months maximum applicability for protective measures notwithstanding that they may be extended while the process lasts. The disobedience by the perpetrator of the protection measure results in a sanction for contempt. The officials of the administrative police, the traditional authorities in indigenous areas (in a supplementary way to their traditions), the Prosecutors agents and the authorities of ...more
May 28, 2017, 6:30 a.m.
Countries: Norway
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"Section 222a. The prosecuting authority may impose a ban on visits if there is reason to believe that a person will otherwise a) commit a criminal act against another person, b) pursue another person, or c) in any other way disturb another person's peace. ... A decision by the prosecuting authority to impose a ban on visits shall be made in writing and shall state the person who is to be subject to the ban, the person who is to be protected thereby, and the grounds for the ban."
May 28, 2017, 6:28 a.m.
Countries: Norway
Variables: DV-LAW-1, DV-LAW-2

Section 219. Anyone who threatens, force, restrict the freedom of movement, exercise violence against or otherwise violate, gross or repeated maltreatment A) his former or present spouse or cohabitant, B) the relative of the former or present spouse or cohabitant in the straight-line line, C) his relative in the ascending line, D) someone in his household, or E) someone in his care Punishable with imprisonment for up to 4 years. If the abuse is gross or insulted as a result of the act dies or causes significant damage to the body or health, the sentence is imprisonment for up to 6 years. In determining whether the abuse is gross, particular ...more