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Latest items for DV-LAW-2

June 14, 2019, 2:55 p.m.
Countries: Nigeria
Variables: DV-LAW-2

"No laws of nationwide applicability criminalize gender-based violence. The VAPP provides for up to three years’ imprisonment, a maximum fine of 200,000 naira ($1,000), or both for spousal battery. It defines spousal/partner battery as the intentional use of force or violence upon a person to include touching, beating, or striking with the intention of causing bodily harm. The act provides up to one year’s imprisonment for anyone found guilty of intimidation by conveying a threat that induces fear, anxiety, or discomfort. It also authorizes courts to issue protection orders upon application by a victim and directs NAPTIP to appoint a coordinator for the prevention of domestic violence to submit an...more
June 13, 2019, 8:03 a.m.
Countries: Zambia
Variables: DV-LAW-2

"The 2010 Anti-Gender-based Violence Act criminalizes spousal rape, and the penal code criminalizes domestic violence between spouses and among family members living in the same home. The law provides for prosecution of most crimes of gender-based violence, and penalties for conviction range from a fine to 25 years’ imprisonment, depending on the severity of injury and whether a weapon was used" (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, 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, 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-2

"Penalties for 'Mistreatment of a Spouse' include two to six years imprisonment; however, prosecutors frequently used a different article in domestic violence cases ('Simple Offenses against Physical Integrity'), which carries a sentence of up to three years in prison" (p. 12).
June 8, 2019, 1:59 p.m.
Countries: Jordan
Variables: DV-LAW-2

"Parliament passed a revised domestic violence law in April that clarified procedures for reporting and case management and specified that these complaints must receive expedited processing. The law made prosecution mandatory for felony offenses. Nonfelony offenses are first subject to mediation by the Family Protection Department of the PSD. The new law provides options for alternative sentencing in domestic violence cases with consent of the victim" (30).
June 7, 2019, 8 a.m.
Countries: Mauritius
Variables: DV-LAW-2

"Anyone found guilty of violating a protection order under the Domestic Violence Act may be fined up to 50,000 rupees ($1,500) or imprisoned for up to one year for first time offenders. Under the newly amended PDVA, the penalty is 100,000 rupees ($3,000) and imprisonment not to exceed two years for a second offense and up to five years’ imprisonment for subsequent offenses" (p. 11).
June 5, 2019, 1:02 p.m.
Countries: Georgia
Variables: DV-LAW-2

"In cases that do not result in injury, penalties for conviction of domestic violence include 80 to 150 hours of community service or imprisonment for up to one year" (33). "Domestic violence laws mandate the provision of temporary protective measures, including shelter and restraining orders that prohibit an abuser from coming within 330 feet of the victim and from using common property, such as a residence or vehicle, for six months. The Public Defender’s Office stated victims often reported receiving inadequate responses from law enforcement officers to restraining order violations. Local NGOs and the government jointly operated a 24-hour hotline and shelters for abused women and their minor children, although...more
June 4, 2019, 6:16 p.m.
Countries: Lesotho
Variables: DV-LAW-2

"The law does not mandate specific penalties. Judges may authorize release of an offender with a warning, give a suspended sentence, or, depending on the severity of the assault, fine or imprison an offender" (p. 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: LRCM-LAW-2, DV-LAW-2

"The law prohibits domestic violence, including spousal abuse, through provisions in the criminal code that address intentional infliction of injury. Penalties range from fines to 15 years in prison, based on the extent of the injury, although enforcement of the law varied" (p. 23).
June 2, 2019, 7:22 p.m.
Countries: Taiwan
Variables: DV-LAW-2

"Courts typically sentenced individuals convicted in domestic violence cases to less than six months in prison" (p. 12).
May 28, 2019, 8:37 p.m.
Countries: Norway
Variables: DV-LAW-2

"The law provides penalties for domestic violence of up to six years in prison and up to 21 years for aggravated rape" (p. 10).
May 27, 2019, 9:09 p.m.
Countries: Burkina Faso
Variables: DV-LAW-2

"The penal code mandates a one- to three-year prison sentence and fines ranging from 300,000 to 900,000 CFA francs ($551 to $1,654) for conviction of inhuman treatment or mistreatment of children" (P. 19).
May 24, 2019, 4:18 p.m.
Countries: Malta
Variables: DV-LAW-2

"Penalties ranged from three months to 20 years in prison" (p.11).
May 24, 2019, 12:04 p.m.
Countries: Lithuania
Variables: DV-LAW-2

"Penalties for domestic violence depend on the level of injury to the victim, ranging from required public service to life imprisonment" (p. 11).
May 24, 2019, 11:13 a.m.
Countries: Laos
Variables: DV-LAW-2

"Domestic violence often went unreported due to social stigma. Penalties for domestic violence, including battery, torture, and 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" (p. 16).
May 21, 2019, 8:54 p.m.
Countries: Czech Republic
Variables: DV-LAW-1, DV-LAW-2

"Police have the authority to remove violent abusers from their homes for 10 days. The law limits to six months the total time, including extensions, a removal order can remain in effect. The Ministry of Interior reported that, in the first six months of the year, police removed 1,022 offenders from their homes" (p. 13).
May 21, 2019, 8:53 p.m.
Countries: Czech Republic
Variables: DV-LAW-1, DV-LAW-2

"Domestic violence is punishable by up to three years in prison, with longer sentences in aggravated circumstances" (p. 13).
May 21, 2019, 7:31 p.m.
Countries: Croatia
Variables: DV-LAW-2

"Conviction of domestic violence is punishable by up to three years imprisonment" (p. 12).
May 15, 2019, 7:58 p.m.
Countries: Cambodia
Variables: DV-LAW-2

"The domestic violence law criminalizes domestic violence but does not set out specific penalties. The penal code can be used to punish domestic violence offenses, with penalties ranging from one to 15 years’ imprisonment" (25).
May 12, 2019, 5:42 p.m.
Countries: Ireland
Variables: DV-LAW-2

"The law criminalizes domestic violence. It authorizes prosecution of a violent family member and provides victims with 'safety orders,' which prohibit a person from engaging in violent actions or threats, and 'barring orders' (restraining orders), which prohibit an offender from entering the family home for up to three years. Anyone found guilty of violating a barring or an interim protection order may receive a fine of up to 4,000 euros ($4,800), a prison sentence of 12 months, or both" (11).
May 7, 2019, 11:33 a.m.
Countries: Guyana
Variables: DV-LAW-2

"The law prohibits domestic violence and allows victims to seek prompt protection, occupation, or tenancy orders from a magistrate. Penalties for violation of protection orders include fines up to 10,000 Guyanese dollars (GYD) ($45) and 12 months’ imprisonment" (p. 8).
May 4, 2019, 1:36 p.m.
Countries: Angola
Variables: DV-LAW-1, DV-LAW-2

"The law criminalizes domestic violence and penalizes offenders with prison sentences of up to eight years and monetary fines, depending on the severity of their crime" (p. 21).
May 4, 2019, 1:36 p.m.
Countries: Jamaica
Variables: DV-LAW-2

"The law prohibits domestic violence and provides remedies, including restraining orders and other noncustodial sentencing… Breaching a restraining order is punishable by a fine of up to 10,000 JMD ($78) and six months’ imprisonment" (p. 11).
April 29, 2019, 10:15 a.m.
Countries: Venezuela
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 and stipulates punishments for perpetrators ranging from warnings and probation to imprisonment for three months to three years" (30).
April 24, 2019, 8:54 a.m.
Countries: Serbia
Variables: DV-LAW-2

"Domestic violence is punishable by up to 10 years’ imprisonment. The law provides women the right to obtain a restraining order against abusers" (page 21).
April 20, 2019, 9:35 p.m.
Countries: Peru
Variables: DV-LAW-2

"Penalties range from one month to six years in prison" (p. 13).
April 20, 2019, 8:40 p.m.
Countries: Spain
Variables: DV-LAW-2

"The law… sets prison sentences of six months to a year for domestic violence, threats of violence, or violations of restraining orders, with longer sentences if serious injuries result" (p. 11).