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Latest items for DV-LAW-2

Aug. 9, 2019, 1 p.m.
Countries: D R Congo
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1, DV-LAW-1, DV-LAW-2

"The law does not provide any specific penalty for domestic violence despite its prevalence. Although the law considers assault a crime, police rarely intervened in perceived domestic disputes. There were no reports of judicial authorities taking action in cases of domestic or spousal abuse" (page 40).
Aug. 6, 2019, 8:14 a.m.
Countries: Comoros
Variables: DV-LAW-1, DV-LAW-2

"The law treats domestic violence as an aggravating circumstance that includes crimes committed by one domestic partner against an existing or former partner. Penalties for conviction include prison sentences up to five years and fines up to two million Comorian francs ($4,500)" (page 9).
July 31, 2019, 6:53 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: DV-LAW-2

"In August a Saudi man was sentenced to 19 months in jail and flogging for chaining his wife, pouring gasoline on her, and setting her ablaze. The woman was permanently scarred and required ongoing treatment for her injuries" (40).
July 31, 2019, 6:50 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: DV-LAW-2

The law defines domestic abuse broadly and criminalizes domestic abuse with penalties of one month to one year of imprisonment or a fine of 5,000 to 50,000 riyals ($1,333 to $13,333) unless a court provides a harsher sentence (40).
July 30, 2019, 6:50 p.m.
Countries: Slovakia
Variables: DV-LAW-1, DV-LAW-2

"Domestic violence against women is punishable by three to eight years’ imprisonment" (p. 15).
July 29, 2019, 8:26 p.m.
Countries: Guinea
Variables: DV-LAW-2

"The law does not directly address domestic violence, although authorities may file charges under general assault, which carries sentences of two to five years in prison and fines of 50,000 to 300,000 GNF ($5.50 to $33)" (p. 16).
July 24, 2019, 6:29 p.m.
Countries: Chad
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1, DV-LAW-1, DV-LAW-2, DV-DATA-1

"Although the law prohibits violence against women, domestic violence was widespread. Police rarely intervened, and women had limited legal recourse" (page 16).
July 19, 2019, 12:46 p.m.
Countries: Turkey
Variables: DV-LAW-2

"Courts regularly issued restraining orders to protect victims, but human rights organizations reported that police rarely enforced them effectively. A women’s rights NGO alleged that capacity constraints as a result of the government’s response to the failed coup in 2016 kept some authorities “too busy” to address complaints of violence against women. Women’s associations also charged that government counselors sometimes encouraged women to remain in abusive marriages at their own personal risk rather than break up families. Courts gave reduced sentences to some men found guilty of committing violence against women, citing good behavior during the trial or “provocation” by women as an extenuating circumstance of the crime, and in...more
July 18, 2019, 3:05 p.m.
Countries: Hungary
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1, DV-PRACTICE-2, DV-LAW-1, DV-LAW-2, NGOFW-DATA-1

"The criminal code includes 'violence within partnership' (domestic violence) as a separate category of offense. Regulations extend prison sentences for assault (light bodily harm) to three years, while grievous bodily harm, violation of personal freedom, or coercion may be punishable by one to five years in prison, if committed against domestic persons. By law police called to a scene of domestic violence may issue an emergency restraining order valid for three days in lieu of immediately filing charges, while courts may issue up to 60-day 'preventive restraining orders' in civil cases, without the option to extend. Women’s rights NGOs continued to criticize the law for not placing sufficient emphasis on...more
July 15, 2019, 3:24 p.m.
Countries: Thailand
Variables: DV-LAW-2

"Authorities prosecuted some domestic violence crimes under provisions for assault or violence against a person, where they could seek harsher penalties. Women’s rights groups reported domestic violence frequently went unreported, however, and police often were reluctant to pursue reports of domestic violence. The government operated shelters for domestic violence victims, one in each province. The government’s crisis centers, located in all state-run hospitals, cared for abused women and children. The Ministry of Social Development and Human Security continued to develop a community-based system, operating in all regions of the country, to protect women from domestic violence. The program focused on training representatives from each community on women’s rights and abuse...more
July 14, 2019, 11:37 a.m.
Countries: Gambia
Variables: DV-LAW-1, DV-LAW-2

"Conviction of domestic violence carries a fine of D50,000 ($1,060), imprisonment of two years, or both" (p. 12).
July 14, 2019, 11:37 a.m.
Countries: Ethiopia
Variables: DV-LAW-2

"Depending on the severity of injury inflicted, penalties for conviction range from small fines to 15 years’ imprisonment" (p. 28).
July 14, 2019, 11:35 a.m.
Countries: Brunei
Variables: DV-LAW-2

"The criminal penalty for a minor domestic assault is one to two weeks in jail and a fine. An assault resulting in serious injury is punishable by caning and a longer prison sentence" (p. 15).
July 13, 2019, 9:51 p.m.
Countries: Papua New Guinea
Variables: DV-LAW-1, DV-LAW-2

"The law criminalizes family violence and imposes penalties of up to two years’ imprisonment and up to 5,000 kina ($1,570) in fines in an effort to end the cultural practice of providing compensation to victims" (p. 17).
July 13, 2019, 9:51 p.m.
Countries: Burundi
Variables: DV-LAW-1, DV-LAW-2

"The law prohibits violence against or abuse of children, with punishment ranging from fines to three to five years’ imprisonment, but child abuse was a widespread problem" (p. 36).
July 13, 2019, 3:04 p.m.
Countries: Gabon
Variables: DV-LAW-2

"Penalties for conviction range from two months’ to 15 years’ imprisonment" (p. 16).
July 11, 2019, 6:30 p.m.
Countries: Eritrea
Variables: DV-LAW-1, DV-LAW-2

"Domestic violence is punishable as assault and battery. Authorities rarely intervened" (p. 18).
July 11, 2019, 6:30 p.m.
Countries: Estonia
Variables: LRW-LAW-2, LRCM-LAW-2, DV-LAW-1, DV-LAW-2

"The law criminalizes rape, including spousal rape, and physical abuse, including domestic violence. The penalty for rape, including spousal rape, is imprisonment for up to 15 years" (p. 9).
July 9, 2019, 4:36 p.m.
Countries: Serbia
Variables: DV-LAW-2

"Domestic violence is punishable by up to 10 years’ imprisonment. While the law provides women the right to obtain a restraining order against abusers, the government did not enforce the law effectively. The Council against Family Violence reported that 19 women were killed in family violence through July. The Law on the Prevention of Family Violence came into effect on June 1. The law strengthens protective measures for domestic violence victims by temporarily removing the perpetrator from a home from a minimum of 48 hours to a maximum of 30 days. It also requires that police, prosecutors’ offices, courts, and social welfare centers maintain an electronic database on individual cases...more
July 9, 2019, 2:45 p.m.
Countries: Zambia
Variables: LRCM-LAW-1, LRCM-LAW-2, DV-LAW-1, DV-LAW-2

"The Anti-Gender-based Violence Act of 2010 criminalizes spousal rape, and the penal code criminalizes domestic violence between spouses and among family members living in one home. The law provides for prosecution of most GBV crimes, and penalties for conviction of assault range from a fine to 25 years in prison, depending on the severity of injury and whether a weapon was used during the assault. The law requires medical reports prepared by certified practitioners for the prosecution of cases of violence against women (and also against men), but there were few certified practitioners in rural areas. The law provides for protection orders for victims of domestic and gender violence, and...more
July 8, 2019, 1:19 p.m.
Countries: Uganda
Variables: LRW-LAW-2, LRCM-LAW-1, LRCM-LAW-2, DV-LAW-1, DV-LAW-2

"The law criminalizes rape, including spousal rape, which is punishable by life imprisonment or the death penalty. The penal code defines rape as “unlawful carnal knowledge of a woman or a girl.” Men accused of raping men are tried under section 145(a) of the penal code that prohibits “carnal knowledge of any person against the order of nature.” The law also criminalizes domestic violence and provides up to two years’ imprisonment for conviction" (Pg 26).
July 8, 2019, 9:30 a.m.
Countries: Senegal
Variables: DV-LAW-1, DV-LAW-2

"Domestic violence that causes lasting injuries is punishable with a prison sentence of 10 to 20 years. If an act of domestic violence causes death, the law prescribes life imprisonment" (page 15).
July 7, 2019, 8:50 p.m.
Countries: Mozambique
Variables: DV-LAW-2

"Penalties for conviction range from two to eight years’ imprisonment if the victim is 12 years of age or older and 20 to 24 years’ imprisonment if the victim is under 12. Conviction of abuse of a spouse or unmarried partner may be punishable by one to two years’ imprisonment or longer if another crime is also applicable" (p. 14).
July 7, 2019, 8:50 p.m.
Countries: Kazakhstan
Variables: DV-LAW-2

"The law sets the maximum sentence for spousal assault and battery at 10 years in prison, the same as for any assault. The law also permits prohibiting offenders from living with the victim if the perpetrator has somewhere else to live, allows victims of domestic violence to receive appropriate care regardless of the place of residence, and replaces financial penalties with administrative arrest if paying fines was hurting victims as well as perpetrators" (p. 31).
July 3, 2019, 11:11 a.m.
Countries: Albania
Variables: DV-LAW-2

"The government operated three shelters to protect survivors of domestic violence, and NGOs operated six others" (page 17). "Observers believed that child abuse was increasing, especially in schools. Services for victims of abuse were not readily available" (page 18).
July 1, 2019, 8:44 p.m.
Countries: Moldova
Variables: DV-LAW-2

"The maximum punishment for family violence offenses is 15 years’ imprisonment" (p. 27).
July 1, 2019, 8:43 p.m.
Countries: Bahrain
Variables: DV-LAW-1, DV-LAW-2

"No government policies or laws explicitly address domestic violence" (p. 29).
July 1, 2019, 6:31 p.m.
Countries: Bulgaria
Variables: DV-LAW-2

"It empowers courts to impose fines, issue restraining or eviction orders, or require special counseling. Noncompliance with a restraining order may result in imprisonment for up to three years or a fine of 5,000 levs ($3,000)" (p. 21).
July 1, 2019, 6:30 p.m.
Countries: Algeria
Variables: DV-LAW-2

"The law provides for sentences of one to 20 years’ imprisonment for domestic violence and six months to two years’ incarceration for men who withhold property or financial resources from their spouses" (p. 26).
June 26, 2019, 7:37 p.m.
Countries: Kyrgyzstan
Variables: DV-LAW-2

"Penalties for domestic violence convictions range from fines to 15 years’ imprisonment, the latter if abuse resulted in death" (p. 21).