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Sept. 14, 2018, 10:13 a.m.
Countries: Maldives
Variables: DV-LAW-2

"The act allows courts to issue restraining orders in domestic violence cases and criminalizes any actions against these orders" (18).
Sept. 14, 2018, 9:01 a.m.
Countries: Romania
Variables: DV-LAW-2

"It provides for the issuance of restraining orders upon the victim’s request and for the abuser to pay some of the victim’s expenses, such as medical and trial expenses or the cost of the victim’s accommodation in a shelter...In cases with strong evidence of physical abuse, the court may prohibit the abusive spouse from returning to the home. The law also permits police to fine spouses 100 to 3,000 lei ($24 to $720) for various abusive acts" (24).
Sept. 10, 2018, 5:07 a.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" (10).
Sept. 5, 2018, 10:38 a.m.
Countries: Nicaragua
Variables: DV-LAW-2

"The law criminalizes domestic violence and provides prison sentences ranging from one to 12 years...While the law provides for the issuance of restraining orders, problems in the effective enforcement of such mandates continued, and they were not perceived as effective" (20).
Sept. 5, 2018, 10:24 a.m.
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).
Sept. 5, 2018, 10:23 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).
Sept. 5, 2018, 9:59 a.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
Sept. 5, 2018, 9:58 a.m.
Countries: Thailand
Variables: DV-LAW-2

"The law imposes a maximum fine of 6,000 baht ($170) or a maximum of six months’ imprisonment for violators and provides authorities, with court approval, the power to prohibit offenders from remaining in their homes or contacting family members during trial. The law also establishes measures designed to facilitate both the reporting of domestic violence complaints and reconciliation between the victim and the perpetrator. Additionally, the law restricts media reporting on domestic violence cases in the judicial system" (35-36). "Sentencing in those cases that resulted in conviction included imprisonment of the abuser (three months maximum); attendance at mental “rehabilitation;” or payment of fines, probation, or both" (36).
Sept. 5, 2018, 9:58 a.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).
Sept. 5, 2018, 9:55 a.m.
Countries: Trinidad/Tobago
Variables: DV-LAW-2

"The law provides for protection orders separating perpetrators of domestic violence, including abusive spouses and common-law partners, from their victims. Courts may also fine or imprison abusive spouses" (13).
Sept. 5, 2018, 9:54 a.m.
Countries: United Arab Emirates
Variables: DV-LAW-2

"Punishments issued by courts in domestic abuse cases were often minimal" (21).
Sept. 5, 2018, 9:45 a.m.
Countries: Ukraine
Variables: DV-LAW-2

"Punishment included fines, administrative arrest, and community service" (39).
Sept. 5, 2018, 9:44 a.m.
Countries: Vanuatu
Variables: DV-LAW-2

"Violators could face maximum prison terms of five years, a maximum fine of 100,000 vatu ($945), or both" (10).
Sept. 5, 2018, 9:43 a.m.
Countries: Venezuela
Variables: DV-LAW-2

"The law punishes perpetrators of domestic violence with penalties ranging from six to 27 months in prison" (30).
Sept. 5, 2018, 9:42 a.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).
Sept. 5, 2018, 9:39 a.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).
Sept. 4, 2018, 11:28 a.m.
Countries: Zimbabwe
Variables: DV-LAW-2

Although domestic violence is punishable by a fine and a maximum prison sentence of 10 years, authorities generally considered it a private matter, so prosecution was rare.
Sept. 4, 2018, 10:30 a.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: DV-LAW-2

"A court may order an abusive spouse to leave the family home temporarily" (14).
Sept. 4, 2018, 10:29 a.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).
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, 10:27 a.m.
Countries: Peru
Variables: DV-LAW-2

"The law prohibits domestic violence, and penalties range from one month to six years in prison. The law authorizes judges and prosecutors to prevent the convicted spouse or parent from returning to the family home and authorizes the victim’s relatives and unrelated persons living in the home to file complaints of domestic violence. It also allows health professionals to document injuries. The law requires police investigation of domestic violence to take place within five days and obliges authorities to extend protection to female victims of domestic violence" (17).
Sept. 4, 2018, 10:26 a.m.
Countries: Nepal
Variables: DV-LAW-2

"The act’s criminal provisions stipulate a fine of 3,000 to 25,000 rupees ($30 to $250), six months’ imprisonment, or both, for violators. Repeat offenders receive double punishment. Any person holding a position of public responsibility is subject to 10 percent greater punishment than a person who does not hold such a position. Anyone who does not follow a court order is subject to a fine of 2,000 to 15,000 rupees ($20 to $150), four months’ imprisonment, or both" (26).
Sept. 4, 2018, 10:25 a.m.
Countries: Mozambique
Variables: DV-LAW-2

"Abuse of a spouse or unmarried partner is punishable with one to two years in prison, or a greater penalty if another crime is also applicable" (15).
Sept. 4, 2018, 10:22 a.m.
Countries: Morocco
Variables: DV-LAW-2

"The penal code criminalizes 'knowingly hiding or subverting the search for a married woman who is evading the authority to which she is legally subject.' The authorities used this section to return women involuntarily to abusive homes" (29-30).
Sept. 4, 2018, 10:22 a.m.
Countries: Mongolia
Variables: DV-LAW-2

"[The law] also provides for sanctions against offenders, including expulsion from the home, prohibitions on the use of joint property, prohibitions on meeting victims and on access to minors, and compulsory training aimed at behavior modification...Alleged perpetrators of domestic violence were sometimes detained on administrative rather than criminal charges. Those detained under administrative charges were typically fined MNT 15,000 ($7.51) and released after a maximum detention of 72 hours. The determination of whether to charge alleged perpetrators with administrative or criminal offenses depended on the severity of physical injury inflicted on the victim" (17).
Sept. 4, 2018, 10:21 a.m.
Countries: Madagascar
Variables: DV-LAW-2

"Domestic violence is punishable by two to five years in prison and a fine of four million ariary ($1,220), depending on the severity of injuries and whether the victim was pregnan" (16).
Sept. 4, 2018, 10:20 a.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).
Sept. 4, 2018, 10:19 a.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).
Sept. 4, 2018, 10:19 a.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).
Sept. 4, 2018, 10:18 a.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).