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April 18, 2019, 5:29 p.m.
Countries: Suriname
Variables: DV-LAW-2

"The law imposes sentences of four to eight years’ imprisonment for domestic violence" (11).
April 17, 2019, 9:19 a.m.
Countries: El Salvador
Variables: DV-LAW-2

"The law prohibits domestic violence and generally provides for sentences ranging from one to three years in prison, although some forms of domestic violence carry higher penalties" (p.23).
April 15, 2019, 9:10 p.m.
Countries: Honduras
Variables: DV-LAW-2

"The law provides penalties of up to four years in prison for domestic violence; however, if a victim’s physical injuries do not reach the severity required to categorize the violence as a criminal act, the only legal penalty for a first offense is a sentence of one to three months of community service... The law provides a maximum sentence of three years in prison for disobeying a restraining order connected with the crime of intrafamilial violence" (p. 23).
April 12, 2019, 7:56 p.m.
Countries: China
Variables: DV-LAW-2

"[Hong Kong] The law allows victims to seek a three-month injunction, extendable to six months, against an abuser. The ordinance does not criminalize domestic violence directly, but abusers may be liable for criminal charges under other ordinances. The government enforced the law and prosecuted violators, but sentences typically consisted only of injunctions or restraining orders. . . . It protects victims under age 18, allowing them to apply for an injunction in their own right, with the assistance of an adult guardian, against molestation by their parents, siblings, and specified immediate and extended family members. The law also empowers the court to require that the abuser attend an antiviolence program....more
April 11, 2019, 8:01 a.m.
Countries: Ecuador
Variables: DV-LAW-2

"Domestic violence is punishable with penalties ranging from four days to seven years in prison. According to the law, a prosecutor must investigate the victim’s complaint of domestic abuse before issuing a restraining order" (p. 23).
April 8, 2019, 10:56 a.m.
Countries: Iceland
Variables: DV-LAW-2

"The law criminalizes domestic violence specifically with a maximum penalty of 16 years in prison" (p. 9).
April 8, 2019, 7:22 a.m.
Countries: Portugal
Variables: DV-LAW-2

"The law provides for criminal penalties of up to 10 years’ imprisonment in cases of domestic violence by a spouse or by a person other than the spouse" (p. 10).
April 5, 2019, 11:16 a.m.
Countries: Solomon Islands
Variables: DV-LAW-2

"A maximum penalty of three years in prison and a fine of SBD 30,000 ($3,863)" (9).
April 5, 2019, 6:49 a.m.
Countries: Bolivia
Variables: DV-LAW-1, DV-LAW-2

"Domestic abuse resulting in injury is punishable by three to six years’ imprisonment" (p. 21).
April 4, 2019, 3:14 p.m.
Countries: Oman
Variables: DV-LAW-2

"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" (13).
April 1, 2019, 7:43 a.m.
Countries: Chile
Variables: DV-LAW-2

"Family courts handle cases of domestic violence and penalize offenders with fines up to 556,680 pesos ($850). Additional sanctions include eviction of the offender from the residence shared with the survivor, restraining orders, confiscation of firearms, and court-ordered counseling. Cases of habitual psychological abuse and physical abuse cases in which there are physical injuries are prosecuted in the criminal justice system. Penalties are based on the gravity of injuries and range from 61 to 540 days’ imprisonment" (p. 9).
April 1, 2019, 7:42 a.m.
Countries: Netherlands
Variables: DV-LAW-2

"The penalty is imprisonment not exceeding 12 years, a fine not exceeding 78 thousand euros ($93,600), or both. In case of violence against a spouse, the penalty for various forms of abuse can be increased by one-third. In Aruba the penalty is imprisonment not exceeding 12 years or a fine of 100 thousand Aruban florins ($56,000)" (p. 11).
March 31, 2019, 3:59 p.m.
Countries: Russia
Variables: DV-LAW-2

"The most significant human rights issues included...thousands of fatal incidents of domestic violence to which the government responded by reducing the penalty for domestic violence" (2). "On February 7, President Putin signed legislation that made beatings by 'close relatives' an administrative rather than criminal offense for first-time offenders, provided the beating does not cause serious harm requiring hospital treatment" (47).
March 29, 2019, 5:33 p.m.
Countries: Malawi
Variables: DV-LAW-2

"The law provides a maximum penalty of life imprisonment for conviction of domestic violence and recognizes that both men and women may be perpetrators as well as victims" (para 83).
March 29, 2019, 4:03 p.m.
Countries: China
Variables: DV-LAW-2

"The government supported shelters for victims of domestic violence, and some courts provided protections to victims, including through restraining orders prohibiting a perpetrator of domestic violence from coming near a victim. Nonetheless, official assistance did not always reach victims, and public security forces often ignored domestic violence. Legal aid institutions worked to provide counseling and defense to victims of domestic violence. In 2014 more than 3,700 legal aid institutions were established, providing aid to 352,000 women. In spite of this, many legal aid institutions reported harassment from public security authorities. Organizations working to defend victims of domestic violence were often pressured to suspend public activities and cease all forms of...more
March 28, 2019, 10:34 a.m.
Countries: Cuba
Variables: DV-LAW-2

"Penalties for domestic violence range from fines to prison sentences of varying lengths, depending on the severity of the offense" (p. 22).
March 25, 2019, 2:20 p.m.
Countries: Liberia
Variables: DV-LAW-2

"The maximum penalty for conviction of domestic violence is six months’ imprisonment, but the government did not enforce the law effectively" (22).
March 22, 2019, 10:53 p.m.
Countries: Luxembourg
Variables: DV-LAW-2

"The law… provides for the removal of abusers from their residences for a 10-day period that can be extended for an additional three monthsPenalties may include fines and imprisonment" (8-9).
March 20, 2019, 11:36 p.m.
Countries: Namibia
Variables: DV-LAW-2

"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 ($23) for simple offenses to 10 years’ imprisonment, a fine, or both for assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm. The law provides for the issuance of protection orders in cases of domestic violence and specifies handling certain crimes of violence--including murder, rape, and assault--differently if the crimes take place within a domestic relationship. When authorities received reports of domestic violence, Gender-based Violence Protection Units staffed with police officers, social workers, legal advisors, and medical personnel trained to assist victims of sexual assault...more
March 19, 2019, 7:13 a.m.
Countries: Germany
Variables: LRW-LAW-1, LRW-LAW-2, LRCM-LAW-2, DV-LAW-1, DV-LAW-2

"The law criminalizes rape, including spousal rape, and provides penalties of up to 15 years in prison" (p. 17).
March 18, 2019, 2:22 p.m.
Countries: South Korea
Variables: DV-LAW-2

"The law defines domestic violence as a serious crime and authorizes authorities to order offenders to stay away from victims for up to six months. This order may be extended up to two years. Offenders may be sentenced to a maximum of five years in prison and fined up to seven million won ($6,030) for domestic violence offenses. Noncompliance with domestic violence restraining orders may result in a maximum sentence of two years in prison and a fine of up to 20 million won ($17,230). Authorities may also place offenders on probation or order them to see court-designated counselors" (17-18). "When there is a danger of domestic violence recurring and...more
March 18, 2019, 7:25 a.m.
Countries: France
Variables: DV-LAW-2

"The penalty for domestic violence against either gender varies from three years in prison and a fine of 45,000 euros ($54,000) to 20 years in prison" (p. 17).
March 15, 2019, 1:45 p.m.
Countries: Latvia
Variables: DV-LAW-2

"There are penalties for causing even “minor” bodily harm when the victim and perpetrator are spouses, former spouses, or civil partners... The law allows victims of domestic violence to request police officers to issue restraining orders and requires police and judges to respond to such requests within one business day. Once a restraining order is issued, it is in force until a court revokes it. The law requires perpetrators to leave the home where the victim resides" (14).
March 15, 2019, 11:35 a.m.
Countries: Vanuatu
Variables: DV-LAW-2

"Violators could face maximum prison terms of five years, a maximum fine of 100,000 vatu ($928), or both. The law also calls for police to issue protection orders for as long as there is a threat of violence. Police have a 'no drop,' evidence-based policy under which they do not drop reported domestic violence cases" (8).
March 15, 2019, 9:33 a.m.
Countries: Morocco
Variables: DV-LAW-2

Many NGOs provided attorneys for vulnerable individuals (minors, refugees, victims of domestic violence), who frequently did not have the means to pay. Such resources were limited and specific to larger cities (page 12). "Legally, highlevel misdemeanors occur when a victim’s injuries result in 20 days of disability leave from work. Low-level misdemeanors occur when a victim’s disability lasts for less than 20 days" (page 27).
March 15, 2019, 8:14 a.m.
Countries: Brazil
Variables: DV-LAW-2

"Persons convicted of killing a woman or girl in cases of domestic violence may be sentenced to 12 to 30 years in prison" (p. 14).
March 15, 2019, 7 a.m.
Countries: Uruguay
Variables: LRW-LAW-1, LRW-LAW-2, LRCM-LAW-2, DV-LAW-2

"The law criminalizes rape of men or women, including spousal rape, and domestic violence. The law allows for sentences of two to 12 years’ imprisonment for a person found guilty of rape, and authorities effectively enforced the law" (p. 11).
March 11, 2019, 7:35 a.m.
Countries: Sweden
Variables: LRW-LAW-1, LRW-LAW-2, LRCM-LAW-2, DV-LAW-1, DV-LAW-2

"Rape, including spousal rape and domestic violence, are illegal, and the government enforced the law effectively. Penalties range from two to 10 years in prison" (p. 10).
March 8, 2019, 7:07 a.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: LRW-LAW-1, LRW-LAW-2, LRCM-LAW-2, DV-LAW-1, DV-LAW-2

"Rape, including spousal rape, and domestic violence, are statutory offenses for which penalties range from one to 10 years in prison. The government effectively prosecuted individuals accused of such crimes" (p. 14).
March 7, 2019, 10:28 p.m.
Countries: Suriname
Variables: DV-LAW-2

"The law imposes sentences of four to eight years’ imprisonment for domestic violence" (11).