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Latest items for DV-LAW-1

Jan. 18, 2021, 3:50 p.m.
Countries: France
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1, DV-LAW-1

"In September, the government announced measures to step up the fight against domestic violence, including steps to make it easier to report incidents and an increase in shelter spaces. It was criticized by civil society groups for not allocating enough resources to implement the plans" (para 10).
Jan. 1, 2021, 2:57 p.m.
Countries: Tanzania
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"And while the 2009 Child Act did not expressly outlaw child marriage, it did define a child as a person under the age of 18, stating that a parent should 'protect the child from neglect, discrimination, violence, abuse, exposure to physical and moral hazards and oppression' (para 23).
Dec. 24, 2020, 12:43 p.m.
Countries: Turkey
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"New Turkish legislation, law number 6284, designed to protect families and prevent violence against women was also passed after Ankara joined the convention" (para 9).
Dec. 21, 2020, 9:47 p.m.
Countries: Nicaragua
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2, DV-LAW-1, DV-DATA-1

"Domestic violence is widespread in Nicaragua. According to police figures, 34.5 percent of all crimes reported last year involved domestic violence. Women can endure physical and psychological abuse for years behind closed doors before filing a case against their aggressors, which women often only do as a last resort when they believe their lives are in danger. 'Women do not turn to the state because they want to do more talking. They turn to the state when they want protection. They don’t do that unless they are really desperate,' Major said. Last month, lawmakers in Nicaragua voted by a huge majority to allow mediation in some cases involving violence against...more
Dec. 21, 2020, 11:43 a.m.
Countries: United Arab Emirates
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"UAE issued family violence law that protect all family members with no gender based discrimination" (para 26).
Dec. 17, 2020, 5:59 p.m.
Countries: Tanzania
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1, DV-PRACTICE-2, DV-LAW-1

"Domestic violence and sexual violence are highly prevalent in Tanzania. Customs and traditional practices condone the harassment and abuse of women and a culture of impunity prevails. Cases of violence are underreported and those that are reported are often settled out of court. Existing laws do not adequately protect women from violence. The Penal Code does not contain a specific provision on domestic violence and does not criminalise marital rape. In 2001, the Tanzanian government adopted a National Plan of Action to Combat Violence Against Women and Children (2001 – 2015), but the effective implementation of this plan has been hindered by inadequate funding and the lack of a comprehensive...more
Dec. 17, 2020, 5:11 p.m.
Countries: Taiwan
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2, DV-LAW-1

"With the passing of the Domestic Violence Prevention Act, the government and the people began to promote the notion that 'domestic violence is not only a family matter but a criminal behavior.' Domestic violence has moved from the private sphere to the public sphere where it has always belonged. The new notion not only breaks from traditional societal values but also clashes with the patriarchal attitudes of some law enforcement officials, allowing abused women and children to hold the hope of escaping from violence. Moreover, local women’s groups not only dedicate themselves to direct services and indirect promotional work, they also collaborate to speak for abused women and children, while...more
Dec. 10, 2020, 3:09 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: DV-LAW-1

“On July 6, the UK’s House of Commons passed the much-awaited Domestic Abuse Bill, in a moment described as ‘landmark’ by campaigners against violence against women and girls” (para 1). “Crucially, what the Bill does is create Britain’s first ever ‘statutory definition of domestic abuse, emphasising that domestic abuse is not just physical violence, but can also be emotional, coercive or controlling, and economic,’ the government’s summary of the legislation says” (para 4). “It means that a wider range of behaviour such as ‘financial abuse’ — which includes behaviour like controlling the family income entirely, limiting access to utilities, and property damage — has been recognised as domestic abuse. Meanwhile...more
Dec. 7, 2020, 12:46 p.m.
Countries: Indonesia
Variables: LRCM-LAW-3, DV-LAW-1, DV-LAW-2

“Repeat offenders and those who abuse family members face 10 to 20 years jail and courts can also order their chemical castration and tagging with a microchip” (para 2).
Dec. 3, 2020, 3:47 p.m.
Countries: Vanuatu
Variables: DV-LAW-1

“Family Protection Act, in 2008, criminaliz[es]…domestic violence and provid[es]…for protection orders specific to family violence” (2). “The Committee welcomes the adoption of the Family Protection Act (2008), which criminalizes domestic violence and provides for protection orders” (5).
Dec. 1, 2020, 10:22 p.m.
Countries: South Korea
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"Dubbed 'four evils' insurance, the new policy will compensate victims of the four biggest social problems of South Korean society today -- bullying in school, low-quality or 'adulterated' food products, domestic violence and rape -- as defined by the Park Geun-hye government" (para 2).
Nov. 16, 2020, 5:11 p.m.
Countries: Maldives
Variables: LRCM-LAW-1, DV-LAW-1

"In the event a male perpetrator bound by marriage with a female victim has committed an act of domestic violence against the female victim, for the purposes of this Act, their marriage shall be dissolved at the request of the female victim where the court finds the existence of any of the following grounds which have been prescribed under Islamic Shari’ah as grounds under which “thafriq” is permissible:- (a) The seriousness of the act of domestic violence has caused an impediment to the resumption of a peaceful life between the male perpetrator and the female victim. (b) The protection and wellbeing of the female victim cannot be granted certainty due...more
Nov. 13, 2020, 2:49 p.m.
Countries: Kyrgyzstan
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2, DV-LAW-1, DV-DATA-1

"The 2003 Law on Social-Legal Protection from Domestic Violence is designed to prevent, rather than penalise, such violence. Spousal rape, however, is punishable under Kyrgyz legislation. Recent statistics show an increase in violent acts against women: the network of crisis centres providing emergency assistance to the victims of domestic violence dealt with twice as many cases in 2005 as in 2004. Yet psychological pressure, cultural traditions and the behaviour of authorities responsible for applying the legislation discourage women from filing complaints" (75).
Oct. 22, 2020, 2:22 p.m.
Countries: Armenia
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"Despite the pervasiveness of domestic violence and Armenia’s obligations under Article 2 of the Convention to adopt appropriate legislation to eliminate discrimination, including violence against women, there is currently no law against domestic violence and no policies or prevention programs. The Armenian government rejected two earlier draft laws. In 2010, the government rejected the draft law based on several articles that they said contradicted constitutional law as well as government officials’ insistence that the government did not have the resources to enforce the law, which included opening and maintaining shelters. The government representatives made no attempt to rectify the draft law and outright rejected it. In 2012, a coalition that...more
Oct. 16, 2020, 3:18 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1, DV-LAW-1

“Near to 90 percent of population, most of them in remote and rural villages, trust on customary law as a main access to justice” (2). No customary law on DV. There are customary laws but none of them aknowledges violence against women as a crime (CODER COMMENT).
Oct. 16, 2020, 1:28 p.m.
Countries: Australia
Variables: DV-LAW-1

“[W]omen living in Melbourne's north-west cannot get access to vital domestic violence flexible support packages. Announced in 2016, the packages are supposed to provide up to $10,000 to victims experiencing family violence by assisting them to 'access support, move out of crisis, stabilise and improve their safety, well-being and independence into recovery'. Lauren said she was unable to receive funding for security cameras at her house because the welfare agency had exhausted its allocation of packages” (Para 4-6). Lauren had been receiving specific death threats from her abusive ex-partner and had recently moved houses to avoid her tormentor (BC - CODER COMMENT).
Oct. 16, 2020, 12:25 p.m.
Countries: Zambia
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"'gender-based violence' means any physical, mental, social or economic abuse against a person because of that person’s gender, and includes— (a) violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual or psychological harm or suffering to the person, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or private life; and (b) actual or threatened physical, mental, social or economic abuse that occurs in a domestic relationship;" (6).
Oct. 16, 2020, 11:59 a.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"Violence against women is defined as a violation of human rights and a form of discrimination against women and includes all acts of gender based violence that result in, or are likely to result in, physical, sexual, psychological or economic harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty whether occurring in public or private life" (20).
Oct. 15, 2020, 8:10 p.m.
Countries: Namibia
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"(e) harassment, which means repeatedly following, pursuing or accosting the complainant, or a family member or dependant of the complainant, or making persistent unwelcome communications, and includes but is not limited to - (i) watching, or loitering outside or near the building or place where such person resides, works, carries on business, studies or happens to be; (ii) repeatedly making telephone calls or inducing a third person to make telephone calls to such person, whether or not conversation ensues; or (iii) repeatedly sending, delivering or causing the delivery of letters, telegrams, packages, facsimiles, electronic mail or other objects or messages to such person’s residence, school or workplace; (f) entering the...more
Oct. 15, 2020, 8:06 p.m.
Countries: Namibia
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"(c) economic abuse, which includes - (i) the unreasonable deprivation of any economic or financial resources to which the complainant, or a family member or dependant of the complainant is entitled under any law, requires out of necessity or has a reasonable expectation of use, including household necessities, and mortgage bond repayments or rent payments in respect of a shared household; (ii) unreasonably disposing of moveable or immovable property in which the complainant or a family member or dependant of the complainant, has an interest or a reasonable expectation of use; (iii) destroying or damaging, property in which the complainant, or a family member or a dependant of the complainant,...more
Oct. 14, 2020, 4:21 p.m.
Countries: El Salvador
Variables: DV-LAW-1, DV-LAW-2

"In 1996, El Salvador passed domestic violence legislation (Ley contra la Violencia Intrafamiliar), that covered all members of the family, including women, children and seniors.[13] It defined domestic violence as 'patrimonial' (that is, lack of access to family resources, assets and entitlements), psychological, physical and sexual. The Penal Code specifies that domestic violence is punishable by one to three years in prison" (2).
Oct. 14, 2020, 1:32 p.m.
Countries: Albania
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"All acts of physical, sexual, psychological or economic violence that occur within the family or domestic unit or between former or current spouses or partners, whether or not the perpetrator shares or has shared the same residence with the victim” (Article 4). Definition of domestic violence (CM - CODER COMMENT).
Oct. 12, 2020, 8:38 p.m.
Countries: Turkmenistan
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"The Committee expresses its deep concern at the absence of specific legislation to deal with violence against women, in particular domestic and sexual violence, as well as at the lack of information and statistical data on its nature, extent and causes. The Committee is deeply concerned that violence against women appears to be socially legitimized and accompanied by a culture of silence and impunity, and that cases of violence are therefore underreported, it being considered a private issue that should remain within the family" (22).
Oct. 12, 2020, 8:30 p.m.
Countries: Turkmenistan
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"There is no provision on domestic violence in the Criminal code, and there is no separate law that prohibits violence against women. The Family Code prioritizes the interests of the family and of children, and has no mention of domestic violence against women, though it prohibits physical and physiological harm against children" (10). Though there is no separate law on violence against women, acts of violence in general are covered by the Criminal Code. (CODER COMMENT)
Oct. 12, 2020, 6:51 p.m.
Countries: Syria
Variables: DV-LAW-1, DV-LAW-2

There is no specific legislation criminalising domestic violence. The penal code can apply in some incidents (Penal Code, articles 489-492 and 504-507) if a woman is physically harmed, but the law is inadequate. (CODER COMMENT)
Oct. 12, 2020, 6:35 p.m.
Countries: Sweden
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"Parties shall take the necessary measures to promote changes in the social and cultural patterns of behaviour of women and men with a view to eradicating prejudices, customs, traditions and all other practices which are based on the idea that inferiority of women or on sterotyped roles for women and men" (Article 12).
Oct. 12, 2020, 6:30 p.m.
Countries: Sweden
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"Parties shall ensure that culture, custom, religion, tradition or so-called 'honor' shall not be considered as justification for any acts of violence covered by this convention" (Article 12).
Oct. 12, 2020, 6:26 p.m.
Countries: Sweden
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"Migrant and refugee women are particularly vulnerable to violence. Thus, the convention prohibits discrimination on the grounds of migrant or refugee status, when it comes to implementing its provisions. It also requires that measures are taken to prevent such violence and support victims while taking into account the needs of vulnerable persons..The Convention established the possibility of independent residency status for migrant women who are victims of violence and enables migrant victims forced into marriage in another country to regain their residence status."
Oct. 12, 2020, 6:16 p.m.
Countries: Sweden
Variables: DV-LAW-1, DV-LAW-2

"Enabling victims in a manner consisitent with the procedural rules of internal law, to be heard, to supply eveidence and have their views needs and concenrns presented, directly or through an intermediary and considered" (Article 56).
Oct. 12, 2020, 6:11 p.m.
Countries: Sweden
Variables: DV-LAW-1, DV-LAW-2

"Parties shall take the necessary legislative or other measures to ensure that appropriate restraining or protection orders are available to victims of all forms of violence covered by the scope of this convention" (Article 53).