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Latest items for DV-LAW-1

Sept. 14, 2018, 10:13 a.m.
Countries: Maldives
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"A 2012 domestic violence act covering all types of domestic relations prohibits physical, sexual, verbal, psychological, and financial abuse. It also extends protection to wives against being forcibly impregnated by their husbands against medical orders and includes an extensive list of other abuses for which protection is provided" (18).
Sept. 14, 2018, 9:01 a.m.
Countries: Romania
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"The law prohibits domestic violence and allows police intervention in such cases" (24).
Sept. 12, 2018, 9:50 p.m.
Countries: Eritrea
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"Domestic violence is punishable as assault and battery" (para 105)
Sept. 10, 2018, 5:07 a.m.
Countries: Spain
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"The law also prohibits violence against women, and independent media and government agencies generally paid close attention to gender-based violence" (10).
Sept. 5, 2018, 10:38 a.m.
Countries: Nicaragua
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"The law criminalizes domestic violence and provides prison sentences ranging from one to 12 years" (20).
Sept. 5, 2018, 10:25 a.m.
Countries: Australia
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1, DV-LAW-1

"The law prohibits violence against women, including domestic abuse, and the government enforced the law" (14).
Sept. 5, 2018, 10:24 a.m.
Countries: Chile
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"[The Committee] is also concerned that the legislation does not contain a specific definition of domestic violence as a criminal offence which covers both psychological and physical violence" (4).
Sept. 5, 2018, 10:23 a.m.
Countries: Costa Rica
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"Amendments were made to the Violence against Women Act (Law No. 8589), to restore two provisions that were repealed by the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court. These include a new text defining the crime of abuse, which seeks to protect women who are subject to aggression from their partner, and are currently encompassed by the offence of extremely light injury and the crime of light injury. In relation to the crime of emotional violence, the wording includes definitions of illegal conduct that encompass a larger number of situations, without neglecting the protection of emotional health" (9). "In terms of domestic law, Costa Rica passed laws relating to the strengthening...more
Sept. 5, 2018, 10:07 a.m.
Countries: Japan
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"Although prohibited by law, domestic violence against women remained a serious problem" (14).
Sept. 5, 2018, 10:06 a.m.
Countries: Japan
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"Although prohibited by law, domestic violence against women remained a serious problem" (14).
Sept. 5, 2018, 10:04 a.m.
Countries: New Zealand
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"Domestic violence is a criminal offense, but police did not classify domestic violence separately from other types of assault" (8).
Sept. 5, 2018, 10:02 a.m.
Countries: Norway
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"Violence against women, including spousal abuse, was a problem. The law provides higher penalties for domestic violence than for simple assault, one to three years in prison, with an increased term of up to six years in more severe cases and up to 21 years for aggravated rape" (10).
Sept. 5, 2018, 10 a.m.
Countries: Philippines
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"The law criminalizes physical, sexual, and psychological harm or abuse to women and children committed by their spouses, partners, or parents" (25).
Sept. 5, 2018, 9:59 a.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).
Sept. 5, 2018, 9:59 a.m.
Countries: Tanzania
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"The law prohibits assault but does not specifically prohibit domestic violence" (20).
Sept. 5, 2018, 9:58 a.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).
Sept. 5, 2018, 9:54 a.m.
Countries: United Arab Emirates
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"The penal code allows men to use physical means, including violence, at their discretion against female and minor family members. Punishments issued by courts in domestic abuse cases were often minimal" (21).
Sept. 5, 2018, 9:44 a.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: LRCM-LAW-2, DV-LAW-1

"The law criminalizes rape, spousal rape, and domestic violence" (15).
Sept. 5, 2018, 9:44 a.m.
Countries: Vanuatu
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"The Family Protection Act covers domestic violence, women’s rights, children’s rights, and family rights" (10).
Sept. 5, 2018, 9:43 a.m.
Countries: Venezuela
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"The law criminalizes physical, sexual, and psychological violence in the home or community and at work...The law requires police to report domestic violence to judicial authorities and obligates hospital personnel to notify authorities when admitting patients who are victims of domestic abuse...The law also establishes women’s bureaus at local police headquarters and tribunals specializing in genderbased violence, and two-thirds of states had specialized courts. According to a Public Ministry official, 69 prosecutors were exclusively responsible for dealing with crimes against women, and an additional 27 prosecutors could process domestic violence crimes in addition to other kinds of crimes" (30).
Sept. 5, 2018, 9:39 a.m.
Countries: Vietnam
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"The law prohibits using or threatening violence against women or taking advantage of a person who cannot act in self-defense. It also criminalizes rape, including spousal rape" (38). It is assumed that using violence includes acts of domestic violence as being dubbed illegal. However, these cases are treated as civil cases, rather than as criminal cases, which is problematic (AA-CODER COMMENT). "Authorities treated domestic violence cases as civil cases, unless the victim suffered injuries involving more than 11 percent of the body. The law specifies acts constituting domestic violence, assigns specific portfolio responsibilities to different government agencies and ministries, and stipulates punishments for perpetrators ranging from warnings and probation to...more
Sept. 4, 2018, 11:28 a.m.
Countries: Zimbabwe
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"The law criminalizes domestic violence, which was a serious problem, especially intimate partner violence perpetrated by men against women" (33).
Sept. 4, 2018, 10:30 a.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"The law penalizes domestic violence as well as stalking" (14).
Sept. 4, 2018, 10:30 a.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).
Sept. 4, 2018, 10:29 a.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).
Sept. 4, 2018, 10:28 a.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).
Sept. 4, 2018, 10:28 a.m.
Countries: Qatar
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"There is no specific law criminalizing domestic violence. According to the NHRC, authorities may prosecute domestic violence as “general” violence under the criminal law" (16).
Sept. 4, 2018, 10:27 a.m.
Countries: Peru
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"The law prohibits domestic violence, and penalties range from one month to six years in prison" (17).
Sept. 4, 2018, 10:27 a.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).
Sept. 4, 2018, 10:26 a.m.
Countries: Nepal
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"The Domestic Violence (Crime and Punishment) Act of 2009 allows for settling complaints of domestic violence through mediation, with an emphasis on reconciliation. Legal prosecution under the Act was usually only pursued when mediation failed" (26). "The law does not allow mediation of dowry-related violence" (28).