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June 19, 2019, 1:33 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"No specific federal law prohibits domestic violence, which was widespread. Husbands reportedly beat and occasionally killed their wives. Other forms of domestic violence included torture, physical disfigurement, and shaving the eyebrows and hair off women’s heads. In-laws abused and harassed the wives of their sons. Dowry and other family-related disputes sometimes resulted in death or disfigurement by burning or acid. In 2014 Balochistan’s Provincial Assembly passed the Domestic Violence (Prevention and Protection) Bill, which criminalizes many forms of domestic violence in addition to physical abuse, which is already covered under the penal code. The legislation made domestic violence legislation in Balochistan similar to legislation enacted by the Sindh Assembly in...more
June 18, 2019, 8:29 p.m.
Countries: Greece
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"The law prohibits corporal punishment and mistreatment of children" (p. 21).
June 18, 2019, 8:29 p.m.
Countries: Greece
Variables: DV-LAW-1, DV-LAW-2

"Domestic violence is a crime with penalties from two to 10 years’ imprisonment" (p. 19).
June 17, 2019, 7:48 p.m.
Countries: Mauritania
Variables: LRW-LAW-1, LRCM-LAW-2, DV-LAW-1

"Rape, including spousal rape, is illegal" (p. 17).
June 17, 2019, 3:53 p.m.
Countries: Iceland
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"The Committee also notes that the State party intends to amend the General Penal Code, specifically to criminalize domestic violence, and to ratify and fully implement the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (Istanbul Convention)." (para 19).
June 17, 2019, 12:20 p.m.
Countries: Oman
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"The law does not specifically address domestic violence, and judicial protection orders from domestic violence do not exist. Charges could be brought, however, under existing statutes outlawing assault, battery, and aggravated assault, which can carry a maximum sentence of three years in prison. Allegations of spousal abuse in civil courts handling family law cases reportedly were common. Victims of domestic violence may file a complaint with police, and reports suggested that police responded promptly and professionally" (Pg 14).
June 14, 2019, 2:55 p.m.
Countries: Nigeria
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"On May 25, the government enacted the Violence Against Persons Prohibition (VAPP) Act. It addresses sexual violence, physical violence, psychological violence, harmful traditional practices, and socioeconomic violence. Under the VAPP, spousal battery, forceful ejection from home, forced financial dependence or economic abuse, harmful widowhood practices, female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C), harmful traditional practices, substance attacks (such as acid attacks), political violence, and violence by state actors (especially government security forces) are offenses. Victims and survivors of violence are entitled to comprehensive medical, psychological, social, and legal assistance by accredited service providers and government agencies, with their identities protected during court cases. The act makes the National Agency for the Prohibition of...more
June 13, 2019, 8:03 a.m.
Countries: Zambia
Variables: LRW-LAW-1, LRW-LAW-2, DV-LAW-1

"The law criminalizes rape and other sexual offenses, and courts have discretion to sentence convicted rapists to life imprisonment with hard labor" (p. 17).
June 12, 2019, 1:03 p.m.
Countries: Niger

"While the law does not explicitly prohibit domestic violence, a woman may sue her husband or lodge criminal charges for battery, penalties for which range from two months in prison and a fine of 10,000 CFA francs ($17) to 30 years’ imprisonment. The government tried with limited success to enforce these laws, and courts prosecuted cases of domestic violence when they received complaints. Charges stemming from family disputes often were dropped in favor of traditional dispute resolution mechanisms. While women have the right to seek redress for violence in the customary or formal courts, few did so due to ignorance of redress offered by the legal system and fear of...more
June 11, 2019, 12:13 p.m.
Countries: China
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"The government took a significant step to protect women from domestic abuse through the passage of the Family Violence Law, which took effect in March 2016. NGOs stated that because of the law, more women were willing to report domestic violence incidents to police" (52). "[In Hong Kong] The law does not directly criminalize domestic violence, but the government regarded domestic violence against women as a serious concern and took measures to prevent and prosecute offenses. (...) The law covers abuse between married couples, heterosexual and homosexual cohabitants, former spouses or cohabitants, and immediate and extended family members. It protects victims younger than 18, allowing them to apply for an...more
June 11, 2019, 11:54 a.m.
Countries: Namibia

"The law prohibits domestic violence, but the problem was widespread. Penalties for conviction of domestic violence, including physical abuse, sexual abuse, economic abuse, intimidation, harassment, and serious emotional, verbal, or psychological abuse, range from a fine of N$300 ($21) for simple offenses to 10 years’ imprisonment and a fine for assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm. No official information was available on enforcement of the antidomestic violence law except as it involved rape. The law provides for the issuance of protection orders in cases of domestic violence and specifies that certain crimes of violence-- including murder, rape, and assault--be handled differently if the crimes take place within a...more
June 11, 2019, 10:04 a.m.
Countries: Bahamas
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"The law recognizes domestic violence as a crime separate from assault and battery, and the government generally enforced the law, although women’s rights groups cited some reluctance on the part of law enforcement authorities to intervene in domestic disputes" (12).
June 11, 2019, 9:13 a.m.
Countries: Montenegro
Variables: DV-LAW-1, DV-LAW-2

"Domestic violence is generally punishable by a fine or a one-year prison sentence. In cases of serious bodily injury or violence against children, punishment ranges from one to five years in prison. If the violence results in death, punishment can be up to 12 years in prison" (Pg 24).
June 10, 2019, 8:03 a.m.
Countries: East Timor
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"The law broadly covers all forms of domestic violence, including marital rape, and augments the Penal Code" (p. 12).
June 8, 2019, 1:59 p.m.
Countries: Jordan
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"During the year the Media Commission did not circulate any official gag orders restricting discussion in all forms of media, including social media. For grand felony cases or cases of domestic violence, the public prosecutor may issue a gag order to protect the victims or witnesses involved" (15). "NGOs noted that the new law now clarifies procedures for handling domestic violence, but the definition of domestic violence remains unclear" (30). "The FPD actively investigated cases, but gave preference to mediation, and some activists reported pressure against taking physical abuse cases to court. Spousal abuse is technically grounds for divorce, but husbands claimed religious authority to strike their wives. Observers noted...more
June 7, 2019, 8 a.m.
Countries: Mauritius
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"The law criminalizes domestic violence, but it remained a major problem. Amendments to the Protection from Domestic Violence Act (PDVA) came into force in September 2016, establishing a list of offenses separate from the criminal code, which was not the case prior to the amendment. The amendments redefine the term 'spouse' to include unmarried couples of the opposite sex; redefine 'domestic violence' to include verbal, psychological, economic, and sexual abuses; and empower police officers and enforcement officers to act on behalf of the victims, instead of waiting for a formal complaint from the victim. Although the amendments do not mention spousal rape, section 2.d. stipulates that a spouse cannot force...more
June 4, 2019, 6:16 p.m.
Countries: Lesotho
Variables: LRW-LAW-1, LRCM-LAW-2, DV-LAW-1

"The law criminalizes the rape of women or men, including spousal rape, and domestic violence" (p. 13 - 14).
June 4, 2019, 11:11 a.m.
Countries: Benin
Variables: DV-LAW-1, DV-LAW-2

"Penalties for conviction of domestic violence range from six to 36 months’ imprisonment" (p. 14).
June 3, 2019, 7:47 p.m.
Countries: Turkmenistan
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"The law prohibits domestic violence, including spousal abuse, through provisions in the criminal code that address intentional infliction of injury" (p. 23).
June 3, 2019, 11:41 a.m.
Countries: Togo
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"The law does not specifically address domestic violence" (p. 11).
June 2, 2019, 7:22 p.m.
Countries: Taiwan
Variables: LRW-LAW-1, LRCM-LAW-2, DV-LAW-1

"The law criminalizes rape, including spousal rape, and domestic violence" (p. 11).
May 30, 2019, 11:13 p.m.
Countries: Uzbekistan
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"The law does not specifically prohibit domestic violence, which remained common" (26).
May 29, 2019, 6:43 p.m.
Countries: Slovenia
Variables: LRW-LAW-1, LRCM-LAW-2, DV-LAW-1

"Rape, including spousal rape and domestic violence, is illegal" (p. 11).
May 28, 2019, 5:40 p.m.
Countries: Yemen
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"The law provides women with protection against domestic violence, except spousal rape, under the general rubric of protecting persons against violence, but authorities did not enforce this provision effectively" (35). "The law does not address other types of gender-based violence such as beatings, forced isolation, imprisonment, and early and forced marriage" (36).
May 27, 2019, 1:48 p.m.
Countries: Netherlands
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"The Committee welcomes the progress achieved since its consideration in 2010 of the State party’s fifth periodic report (CEDAW/C/NLD/5) in undertaking legislative reforms, in particular the adoption of the following legislation: (a) New Penal Code of Sint Maarten, which expands the definition of 'victim of domestic abuse' to include partners or companions, in 2015; (b) Mandatory Reporting Code (Domestic Violence and Child Abuse) Act, in 2013; (c) New Criminal Code of Aruba, which contains provisions on, among others, stalking, in 2012" (2).
May 24, 2019, 4:18 p.m.
Countries: Malta
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"The law treats domestic violence as an aggravating circumstance of other crimes such as bodily harm, rape, and harassment, and the government generally enforced the laws prohibiting it" (p. 11).
May 24, 2019, 12:04 p.m.
Countries: Lithuania
Variables: LRW-LAW-1, DV-LAW-1

"Rape and domestic violence are criminal offenses" (p. 11).
May 24, 2019, 11:13 a.m.
Countries: Laos
Variables: LRCM-LAW-2, 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" (p. 16).
May 21, 2019, 9:35 p.m.
Countries: Montenegro
Variables: DV-LAW-1

There is legislation specifically addressing domestic violence in Montenegro (115).
May 21, 2019, 8:59 p.m.
Countries: Mongolia
Variables: DV-LAW-1

There is legislation specifically addressing domestic violence in Mongolia (115).