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Feb. 22, 2019, 10:58 a.m.
Countries: Barbados
Variables: DV-LAW-1

There is legislation specifically addressing domestic violence in Barbados (65).
Feb. 22, 2019, 10:43 a.m.
Countries: Bangladesh
Variables: DV-LAW-1

There is legislation specifically addressing domestic violence in Bangladesh (65).
Feb. 22, 2019, 10:18 a.m.
Countries: Bahrain
Variables: DV-LAW-1

There is legislation specifically addressing domestic violence in Bahrain (64).
Feb. 22, 2019, 10 a.m.
Countries: Bahamas
Variables: DV-LAW-1

There is legislation specifically addressing domestic violence in the Bahamas (64).
Feb. 22, 2019, 9:44 a.m.
Countries: Azerbaijan
Variables: DV-LAW-1

There is legislation specifically addressing domestic violence in Azerbaijan (63).
Feb. 22, 2019, 9:27 a.m.
Countries: Austria
Variables: DV-LAW-1

There is legislation specifically addressing domestic violence in Austria (63).
Feb. 22, 2019, 8:57 a.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" (18).
Feb. 21, 2019, 3:19 p.m.
Countries: Australia
Variables: DV-LAW-1

There is legislation specifically addressing domestic violence in Australia (62).
Feb. 21, 2019, 2:56 p.m.
Countries: Armenia
Variables: DV-LAW-1

According to the table, there is no legislation specifically addressing domestic violence in Armenia (62).
Feb. 21, 2019, 2:55 p.m.
Countries: Argentina
Variables: DV-LAW-1

According to the table, there is legislation specifically addressing domestic violence in Argentina (61).
Feb. 21, 2019, 2:55 p.m.
Countries: Angola
Variables: DV-LAW-1

According to the table, there is legislation specifically addressing domestic violence in Angola (60).
Feb. 21, 2019, 2:55 p.m.
Countries: Algeria
Variables: DV-LAW-1

According to the table, there is legislation specifically addressing domestic violence in Algeria (60).
Feb. 21, 2019, 2:54 p.m.
Countries: Albania
Variables: DV-LAW-1

According to the table, there is legislation specifically address domestic violence in Albania (59).
Feb. 21, 2019, 2:54 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: DV-LAW-1

According to the table, there is no legislation specifically addressing domestic violence, nor are there aggravated penalties for crimes committed against a spouse or family member (59).
Feb. 17, 2019, 4 p.m.
Countries: Guatemala
Variables: MURDER-LAW-1, DV-LAW-1

"The Committee notes with satisfaction that the State party has ratified or acceded to the following international instruments since the Committee’s consideration of its fourth periodic report: The adoption of the Act on Femicide and Other Forms of Violence against Women (Legislative Decree No. 22-2008)" (2).
Feb. 17, 2019, 2:10 p.m.
Countries: Mexico
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"The Committee takes note of the steps taken by the State party to modify its legislation, in particular: (a)The adoption of the General Act on Women’s Access to a Life Free from Violence in 2007 and of its implementing regulations in 2008" (2). "The Committee also takes note with regret of the persistence of impunity for serious acts of violence against women, including those committed in 2006 in San Salvador Atenco, as recently pointed out by the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW/C/MEX/CO/7-8, paras. 18 and 19) (arts. 2, 12, 13 and 16)" (5).
Feb. 14, 2019, 10:48 p.m.
Countries: Belarus
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"The law on crime prevention establishes a separate definition of domestic violence and provides for implementation of protective orders, which are from three to 30 days in duration. The law requires authorities to provide victims and abusers with temporary accommodation until the protective orders expire" (36).
Feb. 12, 2019, 8:23 p.m.
Countries: Mexico
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"At the same time, the Criminal Code of the State of Chihuahua includes the following provision: 'DOMESTIC VIOLENCE. Article 193- Anyone committing an act of abuse of power or deliberate omission, aimed at dominating, controlling or aggressing physically, psychologically, economically or sexually, within or outside the home, a person to whom he/she is or has been joined by bonds of marriage, consanguinity, affinity or civil contract; guardianship or wardship; or any affective or sentimental relationship; or with whom he/she has or has had any kind of affective or sentimental relationship shall be subject to one to five years’ imprisonment and, where appropriate, a ban on attending or residing in a...more
Feb. 8, 2019, 4:42 p.m.
Countries: Mali
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"Domestic violence against women, including spousal abuse, was prevalent. Most cases went unreported. Spousal abuse is a crime, but the law does not specifically prohibit domestic violence. Assault is punishable by prison terms of one to five years and fines of up to 500,000 CFA francs ($866) or, if premeditated, up to 10 years’ imprisonment" (page 20).
Feb. 8, 2019, 2:44 p.m.
Countries: Kenya
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"Kenya enacted its first domestic violence law, which protects family members, spouses and former spouses and partners (including non-cohabiting partners) from physical, sexual, psychological and economic abuse" (p. 38).
Feb. 8, 2019, 2:02 p.m.
Countries: Bahrain
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"Bahrain introduced its first domestic violence law, which protects spouses and family members and covers physical, sexual, psychological and economic violence" (p. 36).
Feb. 7, 2019, 3:47 p.m.
Countries: Lebanon
Variables: DV-LAW-1, DV-LAW-2

"In April 2014 parliament passed legislation for the Protection of Women and Family Members from Domestic Violence. The law criminalizes domestic violence, but it does not specifically provide protection for women. The law does not criminalize spousal rape but rather the use of threats or violence to claim a “marital right to intercourse,” and it does not criminalize the nonconsensual violation of physical integrity. The maximum sentence under this law is 25 years’ imprisonment if one of the spouses commits homicide" (Pg 27-28).
Feb. 6, 2019, 2:48 p.m.
Countries: Liberia
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1, DV-PRACTICE-2, DV-LAW-1, DV-LAW-2

"Although outlawed, domestic violence remained a widespread problem. The maximum penalty for domestic violence is six months’ imprisonment, but the government did not enforce the law effectively and generally treated cases, if reported, as either simple or aggravated assault. During the year the Ministry of Gender, Children, and Social Protection (MOGCSP) organized workshops and seminars to combat domestic violence. Media made some efforts to publicize the problem, and several NGOs continued programs to treat abused women and girls and to increase public awareness of their rights. LNP officers received training on sexual offenses as part of their initial training" (Pg 15-16).
Feb. 4, 2019, 3:44 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"In Anguilla, the Domestic Violence Act (2014) came into force providing greater protection for victims of domestic violence by empowering the Court to grant a protection order " (10).
Feb. 4, 2019, 11:55 a.m.
Countries: Moldova
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"The law defines domestic violence as a criminal offense, provides for the punishment of perpetrators, defines mechanisms for obtaining restraining orders against abusive individuals, and extends protection to unmarried individuals and children of unmarried individuals. The maximum punishment for family violence offenses is 15 years’ imprisonment" (Pg 29).
Feb. 3, 2019, 9:09 p.m.
Countries: Costa Rica
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"Amendments to the Domestic Violence Act (Act No. 7586), defining the crime of abuse, and amendments to the Criminalization of Violence against Women Act (Act No. 8589), expanding protection orders in cases of sexual abuse and assistance and legal advice for victims, in 2011" (2). "The Committee welcomes the State party’s efforts to improve its institutional and policy framework aimed at accelerating the elimination of discrimination against women and promoting gender equality, such as the adoption of the following: (a) National violence against women and domestic violence prevention policy, covering the period 2017-2032, addressing forms of gender-based violence against women, including harassment in public areas" (2).
Feb. 1, 2019, 4:30 p.m.
Countries: Paraguay
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"Although the law criminalizes domestic violence, including psychological abuse, and stipulates a penalty of two years in prison or a fine if convicted, it requires the abuse be habitual and the aggressor and victim be 'cohabitating or lodging together.'" (page 21).
Jan. 28, 2019, 7:32 p.m.
Countries: Honduras
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"The Committee welcomes the efforts of the State party to improve its institutional and policy framework aimed at accelerating the elimination of discrimination against women and promoting gender equality, such as the adoption of the following: a) Second plan for gender equality and equity (2010-2022); b) National plan against violence against women (2014-2022); c) Policy and national action plan against commercial sexual exploitation and trafficking in persons (2016-2022)" (2). "Nevertheless, the Committee is concerned about existing barriers, especially in cases of gender-based violence. It is concerned that the lack of independence and impartiality of the justice system is reinforced by insufficient resources, poor infrastructure and lack of specialized units and...more
Jan. 10, 2019, 9:35 p.m.
Countries: Nepal
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"The criminal case involving Sangita Magar previously spurred the government to specifically criminalize acid and burn violence in 2015. Before that, cases could only be tried as an equivalent to battery, with punishments as low as two months in jail or a fine of about $10, or as attempted murder, which can be harder to prove and does not come with compensation, says Sabin Shrestha, executive director of the Forum for Women, Law and Development, who tried the public interest case alongside BVS-Nepal. The new law strengthened the punishment for perpetrators who will now be subject to prison terms of five to eight years and fines of 100,000 to 500,000...more
Jan. 9, 2019, 8:53 a.m.
Countries: Iran
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"Iranian parliamentarians originally discussed the importance of drafting this bill back in December 2012, during President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s last year in office. After President Hassan Rouhani took office in August 2013, following up on this bill became a priority of the Vice Presidency for Women and Family Affairs. The Rouhani administration eventually approved the bill in May 2017. Then, due to its judicial nature, the bill was sent to the judiciary for approval. Since then, the bill has been awaiting the signature of judiciary head Sadeq Amoli Larijani. Now, Siavoshi says the judiciary has omitted 41 of the 92 articles of the bill. According to her, the judiciary finished reviewing...more