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July 11, 2018, 8 p.m.
Countries: Uruguay
Variables: DV-LAW-2

"The referral of cases of violence against women to mediation procedures contrary to the general prohibition of mediation in cases of domestic violence ratified by the Supreme Court; The limited information about access to support services for women who are victims of violence, such as medical treatment, psychological counselling, legal assistance, financial support and shelters, throughout the territory of the State party and taking into consideration women in disadvantaged situations, especially Uruguayan women of African descent and women with disabilities" (page 7).
July 6, 2018, 6:49 p.m.
Countries: Uruguay
Variables: DV-LAW-2

"As regards Inmujeres-MIDES, implementation of public support services for women victims of domestic violence forms part of their strategy of offering a comprehensive, specialized response to such situations. Their services give psycho-social support and legal aid to women victims of domestic violence and, for inland services, advocacy at trial. Currently, 18 public services and 12 mobile units country-wide are providing support for women victims of gender-based violence. In 2011, support services were augmented with mobile units, which provide detection and early response in GBV cases. They also perform advocacy and awareness work at the community level, to provide service in cities, towns and rural areas. In 2012 and 2013, all...more
June 28, 2018, 4:51 p.m.
Countries: Tanzania

"The Committee expresses deep concern about: . . . (d) The impunity for perpetrators of such violence and the reluctance of girls who are victims of sexual violence to report cases of abuse to the police because of the stigma surrounding it; (e) The insufficient protection, support and rehabilitation services available to women and girls who are victims of violence" (page 7).
June 26, 2018, 8:46 p.m.
Countries: Jamaica
Variables: DV-LAW-2

"Breaching a restraining order is punishable by a fine of up to $10,000 JMD ($84) and six months’ imprisonment" (12).
June 26, 2018, 8:45 p.m.
Countries: Lithuania
Variables: DV-LAW-2

"The penalties for domestic violence depend on the level of injury inflicted on the victim. The law permits rapid government action in domestic violence cases. For example, police and other law enforcement officials may, with court approval, require perpetrators to live apart from their victims, avoid all contact with them, and surrender any weapons they may possess" (13).
June 26, 2018, 9:09 a.m.
Countries: New Zealand
Variables: DV-LAW-2

"A new pilot programme began on 1 September 2015 in two pilot sites, in Porirua and Christchurch, to provide judges with better family violence information about defendants at bail hearings. A key aim of the initiative is to ensure that judges are provided with relevant, timely and consistent information to keep victims safe. Prior to bail hearings, judges are provided with a Family Violence Summary Report which includes all recorded family violence incidents, including alleged breaches of Protection Orders and Police Safety Orders, involving the defendant. The Minister of Justice appointed a Chief Advisor on Victims to Government in November 2015. The role marks an important step to ensure victims...more
June 25, 2018, 9 p.m.
Countries: Luxembourg
Variables: DV-LAW-2

"The law is gender neutral and provides for the removal of abusers from their residences for a 10-day period, which can be extended for an additional three months. Penalties may include fines and imprisonment" (7).
June 25, 2018, 8:57 p.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: DV-LAW-2

"A court may order an abusive spouse to leave the family home temporarily" (14).
June 25, 2018, 8:56 p.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: DV-LAW-2

"Instead of juries, the law requires that a panel of lay assessors and a magistrate hear cases involving murder, rape, robbery, indecent assault, and assault leading to serious bodily harm" (15). "Conviction of violating a protection order is punishable by a prison sentence of up to five years, or up to 20 years if additional criminal charges apply. Penalties for domestic violence include fines and sentences of between two and five years’ imprisonment" (31-32).
June 21, 2018, 3:52 p.m.
Countries: Thailand
Variables: DV-LAW-2

"[The Committee] remains concerned about the following: … The fact that the Domestic Violence Victim Protection Act of 2007 provides for the settlement of a case through reconciliation and mediation at every stage of the legal proceeding. The inadequate provision of essential services and support to victims of gender-based violence, especially victims of trafficking for sexual exploitation or labour exploitation, and victims of domestic violence" (6).
June 8, 2018, 1:24 p.m.
Countries: Turkey
Variables: DV-LAW-2

"The Committee notes the adoption in 2012 of Law No. 6284 on the Prevention of Violence against Women and the Protection of the Family. It notes with concern, however, that the law does not criminalize domestic violence as such, and includes no provision relating to the prosecution or punishment of perpetrators" (page 8). "The recent draft report prepared by a parliamentary commission on divorce includes recommendations for legislative amendments to the current penal and divorce legal framework, such as allowing probation in cases of child sexual abuse which result in 'unproblematic and successful marriages' and compelling mediation in the case of domestic violence" (page 17).
June 7, 2018, 5:24 p.m.
Countries: Taiwan
Variables: DV-LAW-2

"Courts typically sentenced individuals convicted in domestic violence cases to less than six months in prison" (10). "In January the Legislative Yuan passed amendments to the Domestic Violence Prevention Law to expand protections for domestic violence victims. The revised law broadens the scope of victims beyond family members to include intimate partners who do not live together and to include protection of minors who witness domestic violence. It also expands the definition of domestic violence to include harassment and coercion, extends the validity of protection orders from less than one year to a maximum of two years, and stipulates the need to establish a domestic violence prevention fund" (10).more
June 5, 2018, 6:03 p.m.
Countries: Greece
Variables: DV-LAW-2

"Domestic violence is a crime with penalties of from two to 10 years’ imprisonment" (20).
June 1, 2018, 5:56 p.m.
Countries: France
Variables: DV-LAW-2

"The penalty for domestic violence against either gender varies according to the type of crime, ranging from three years in prison and a fine of 45,000 euros ($49,500) to 20 years in prison" (16).
May 29, 2018, 7:52 p.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).
May 29, 2018, 7:51 p.m.
Countries: Laos
Variables: DV-LAW-2

"Penalties for domestic violence, including battery, torture, and the detention of persons against their will, may include both fines and imprisonment. The law grants exemption from penal liabilities in cases of physical violence without serious injury or physical damage" (19).
May 29, 2018, 7:49 p.m.
Countries: Ireland
Variables: DV-LAW-2

"Anyone found guilty of violating a barring or protection order may receive a fine of up to 4,000 euros ($4,400), a prison sentence of 12 months, or both" (11). "The government permitted domestic violence to be included among factors affecting child custody decisions" (12).
May 13, 2018, 6:48 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan

"The EVAW law criminalizes violence against women, including rape, battery, or beating; forced marriage; humiliation; intimidation; and deprivation of inheritance, although its implementation remained limited. The law provides for a sentence of 16 to 20 years’ imprisonment for rape. If the act results in the death of the victim, the law provides for a death sentence for the perpetrator. The law provides for imprisonment of up to seven years for the “violation of chastity of a woman...that does not result in adultery (such as sexual touching).” Under the law, rape does not include spousal rape. The law was not widely understood, and some in the public and the religious communities...more
May 5, 2018, 3:12 p.m.
Countries: Slovenia
Variables: DV-LAW-2

"The Committee, however, notes with concern...the lenient sentences imposed by courts on perpetrators of acts of domestic violence" (6).
May 4, 2018, 10:03 a.m.
Countries: Australia
Variables: DV-LAW-2

"In May 2014, amendments to the Crimes (Domestic and Personal Violence) Act 2007 (NSW) commenced to authorise senior police to approve provisional apprehended domestic violence orders (ADVO) and to extend police powers to direct and detain a person for the purposes of serving provisional ADVOs and improving immediate victim safety. In June 2014, the NSW Parliament passed amendments to the Crimes (Domestic and Personal Violence) Act 2007 contained in Part 13 A to allow information sharing between government and non-government services. This will facilitate access to domestic violence support services for victims and prevent or lessen serious threats to the life, health or safety of a victim. In Victoria, the...more
April 23, 2018, 7:43 p.m.
Countries: Vietnam
Variables: DV-LAW-2

"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 imprisonment for three months to three years" (39).
April 4, 2018, 11:54 p.m.
Countries: Portugal

"The Committee welcomes the adoption of the fifth national plan to prevent and combat domestic and gender-based violence (2014-2017) and the use of electronic bracelets to prevent domestic violence. However, it is concerned about the following: (a) The prevalence of gender-based violence against women in the domestic sphere and the disproportionately low (albeit increasing) numbers of prosecutions and convictions of perpetrators, compared with the high numbers of reported cases of domestic violence; (b) The limited use of protection orders; (c) The lack of coordination between family and criminal courts in cases of domestic violence. As a result, there are limited options available for women who need immediate protection orders, which...more
April 4, 2018, 4:40 p.m.
Countries: Vietnam
Variables: DV-LAW-2

"[The Committee] is concerned about: ...the excessive use of reconciliation procedures to address domestic violence; and the overreliance on forensic evidence in investigating physical and sexual vio lence; The inadequacy of victim assistance and rehabilitation services" (5).
April 3, 2018, 10:42 p.m.
Countries: Madagascar

"The Committee is concerned: (a) That there is no legislation specifically criminalizing violence against women, in particular child and/or forced marriage and marital rape, and that there is no comprehensive policy framework to address such violence; (b) That gender-based violence against women in the domestic sphere is not considered by courts in child custody or visitation decisions, thus forcing women to continue to face their abusers, and risking further exposing their children to violence; (c) That domestic and sexual violence appear to be socially legitimized and accompanied by a culture of silence and impunity; (d) That cases of violence against women continue to be underreported, owing to an apparent lack...more
March 20, 2018, 1:29 p.m.
Countries: Gambia

"The Committee notes the adoption in 2013 of the Domestic Violence Act and the Sexual Offences Act, but is concerned that violence against women remains widespread. It is particularly concerned about: (a) The lack of criminalization of marital rape and the unclear provisions in the Domestic Violence Act relating to the definition of “aggravated” domestic violence and allowing for out-of-court settlements, which often do not take into account women’s best interests; (b) The insufficient implementation of the Domestic Violence Act and the Sexual Offences Act owing, for example, to a lack of resources and the absence of regulations, guidelines and effective reporting mechanisms; (c) The lack of support for women...more
March 14, 2018, 6:54 p.m.
Countries: Senegal
Variables: LRW-LAW-3, LRCM-LAW-2, DV-LAW-2

"The Committee welcomes the measures adopted to address violence against women, including the adoption of the above-mentioned Law No. 99-05 of 29 January 1999 and of Ministerial Decree No. 10545 of 10 December 2008 establishing a review committee on violence against women. The Committee also welcomes the establishment of listening centres for women who are victims of violence. It remains concerned, however, about: (a) The increase in the rate of sexual violence against women, including rape; (b) The persistence of domestic violence and the limited number of cases of domestic violence reported owing to women’s fear of reporting them because of the potential consequences for their family life, as well...more
March 13, 2018, 10:57 p.m.
Countries: Norway
Variables: DV-LAW-2

"Persons subjected to domestic violence or threats of such violence are entitled to assistance and protection and to effective action by the police and the judicial system. Domestic violence is punishable in the same way as violence that occurs in other contexts and arenas. How the police, prosecutors and courts deal with domestic violence cases largely determines the extent to which they are trusted by persons subjected to violence and by the population at large. Swift follow-up by the police and judicial system has a significant preventive effect" (10). "The police have a range of measures to protect persons subjected to domestic violence, including a mobile violence alarm, bans on...more
March 5, 2018, 8:53 a.m.
Countries: Costa Rica
Variables: DV-LAW-2

"Amendments to the Domestic Violence Act (Law No. 7586), provided that Mixed or Administrative Courts can issue protection orders in places where there are no specialized courts or criminal courts, or if the courts are unable to grant them. Protection was expanded for victims of domestic sexual abuse; restrictions were placed on the aggressor in approaching the home of the victim; and the duty was established to notify the judicial authority within 24 hours of the exact address of a new residence. It was also established that the duration of protection measures be maintained for one year, unless lifted or amended by court decision" (8).
Feb. 27, 2018, 11:14 p.m.
Countries: Niger
Variables: DV-LAW-2

"Crimes and misdemeanours against children and the family are defined and made punishable by articles 248 to 261" (pg 24).
Feb. 7, 2018, noon
Countries: Chile
Variables: DV-LAW-2

"The Committee notes with appreciation the State party’s increased efforts to combat domestic violence, including the amendments of its Penal Code to include the crime of femicide perpetrated by spouses or ex-spouses (Act No. 20.480), and to provide assistance and redress to victims of domestic violence" (4).