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Feb. 14, 2019, 11:11 p.m.
Countries: Mauritius
Variables: DV-LAW-2

"Penalties for domestic assault ranged from 10 years’ to 20 years’ imprisonment and a fine not exceeding 200,000 rupees ($5,651), depending on the extent of injuries sustained. Authorities may fine anyone found guilty of violating a protection order under the Domestic Violence Act up to 25,000 rupees ($706) or imprisoned for up to two years" (para 55).
Feb. 14, 2019, 10:48 p.m.
Countries: Belarus
Variables: DV-LAW-2

"The law on crime prevention establishes a separate definition of domestic violence and provides for implementation of protective orders, which are from three to 30 days in duration. The law requires authorities to provide victims and abusers with temporary accommodation until the protective orders expire. In addition, the code on administrative offenses prescribes a large fine or detention for up to 15 days for battery, intended infliction of pain, and psychological or physical suffering committed against a close family member" (36).
Feb. 8, 2019, 4:42 p.m.
Countries: Mali
Variables: DV-LAW-2

"Spousal abuse is a crime, but the law does not specifically prohibit domestic violence. Assault is punishable by prison terms of one to five years and fines of up to 500,000 CFA francs ($866) or, if premeditated, up to 10 years’ imprisonment" (page 20).
Feb. 7, 2019, 3:47 p.m.
Countries: Lebanon
Variables: DV-LAW-1, DV-LAW-2

"In April 2014 parliament passed legislation for the Protection of Women and Family Members from Domestic Violence. The law criminalizes domestic violence, but it does not specifically provide protection for women. The law does not criminalize spousal rape but rather the use of threats or violence to claim a “marital right to intercourse,” and it does not criminalize the nonconsensual violation of physical integrity. The maximum sentence under this law is 25 years’ imprisonment if one of the spouses commits homicide" (Pg 27-28).
Feb. 6, 2019, 2:48 p.m.
Countries: Liberia

"Although outlawed, domestic violence remained a widespread problem. The maximum penalty for domestic violence is six months’ imprisonment, but the government did not enforce the law effectively and generally treated cases, if reported, as either simple or aggravated assault. During the year the Ministry of Gender, Children, and Social Protection (MOGCSP) organized workshops and seminars to combat domestic violence. Media made some efforts to publicize the problem, and several NGOs continued programs to treat abused women and girls and to increase public awareness of their rights. LNP officers received training on sexual offenses as part of their initial training" (Pg 15-16).
Feb. 4, 2019, 3:44 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: DV-LAW-2

"In England and Wales, legal aid is available to those seeking protection from an abuser in domestic violence cases… Legal aid is also available to domestic violence victims with family law problems where objective evidence is provided… In Scotland, legal aid is available to victims of domestic and gender-based violence seeking protection through civil actions, where they meet the statutory eligibility criteria. There is no residency test and no requirement to demonstrate that domestic abuse has taken place. In criminal cases, the state investigates offences and prosecutes alleged offenders" (33).
Feb. 4, 2019, 11:55 a.m.
Countries: Moldova
Variables: DV-LAW-2

"The law defines domestic violence as a criminal offense, provides for the punishment of perpetrators, defines mechanisms for obtaining restraining orders against abusive individuals, and extends protection to unmarried individuals and children of unmarried individuals. The maximum punishment for family violence offenses is 15 years’ imprisonment. The law permits excluding an abuser from lodging shared with the victim, regardless of who owns the property. The law also provides for psychiatric evaluation and counseling, forbids abusers from approaching victims either at home or at work, and restricts child visitation rights pending a criminal investigation. Courts may apply such protective measures for a period of three months and may extend them upon...more
Feb. 1, 2019, 4:30 p.m.
Countries: Paraguay
Variables: DV-LAW-2

"Although the law criminalizes domestic violence, including psychological abuse, and stipulates a penalty of two years in prison or a fine if convicted, it requires the abuse be habitual and the aggressor and victim be 'cohabitating or lodging together.' Judges typically fined those convicted but began sentencing offenders to jail to provide for the safety of the victim. Despite increased reports of domestic violence, individuals often withdrew complaints soon after filing due to spousal reconciliation or family pressure. In some cases the courts mediated domestic violence cases" (page 21).
Jan. 2, 2019, 2:04 p.m.
Countries: Tunisia
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1, DV-LAW-1, DV-LAW-2

"Laws prohibiting domestic violence provide penalties for assault committed by a spouse or family member that are double those of an unrelated individual for the same crime, but enforcement was rare, and domestic violence remained a serious problem" (page 17).
Dec. 21, 2018, 4:39 p.m.
Countries: Tunisia
Variables: DV-LAW-2

"Laws prohibiting domestic violence provide penalties for assault committed by a spouse or family member that are double those of an unrelated individual for the same crime, but enforcement was rare, and domestic violence remained a serious problem. The new law strengthens the penalties for domestic violence and allows women to seek restraining orders against their abusers without filing a criminal case or filing for divorce. There were no government public education programs on domestic violence, including rape. Victims received services at two dozen social centers throughout the country" (page 22). "The Ministry of Women, Family, and Childhood designated 21 psychologists to treat victims and announced its collaboration with civil...more
Dec. 6, 2018, 12:25 p.m.
Countries: Trinidad/Tobago
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2, DV-LAW-2

"The Committee notes the establishment of a central registry on domestic violence, which was launched in April 2016, but is concerned at: . . . (b) The inadequate number of shelters, notwithstanding continuing efforts to open additional shelters" (page 7).
Nov. 30, 2018, 9:44 a.m.
Countries: Cape Verde
Variables: DV-LAW-2

"Domestic violence is punishable by one to five years’ imprisonment" (10).
Nov. 28, 2018, 12:59 p.m.
Countries: Mexico
Variables: DV-LAW-2

"The federal penal code prohibits domestic violence and stipulates penalties between six months’ and four years’ imprisonment" (para. 19).
Nov. 28, 2018, 12:58 p.m.
Countries: Mexico
Variables: DV-LAW-2

"The federal penal code prohibits domestic violence and stipulates penalties between six months’ and four years’ imprisonment" (para. 19).
Nov. 26, 2018, 4:14 p.m.
Countries: Turkey
Variables: DV-LAW-2

"The law covers all women, regardless of marital status, and provides for police and local authorities to grant various levels of protection and support services to survivors of violence or to those at risk of violence. It also requires government services, such as shelter and temporary financial support, for victims and provides for family courts to impose sanctions on perpetrators. The law provides for the establishment of prevention of-violence and monitoring centers to offer economic, psychological, legal, and social assistance. As of December 2015, Ministry of Family and Social Policies (MOFSP) reported there were 135 women’s shelters run by the government (100) or civil society (four) and local administrations (31)...more
Nov. 17, 2018, 1:01 p.m.
Countries: Russia
Variables: DV-LAW-2

"Whereas abusers had previously faced up to two years in jail, under the new statute they risked only 15 days, or a maximum fine of about $440, or 60 to 120 hours of community service. That was for any act against a spouse or child that causes bruising or bleeding but not a broken bone, as long as it did not happen more than once a year" (para 8). "At trial, the prosecutor argued that Ms. Gurcheva was guilty of murder because she did not flee the apartment during the fight. It is a standard accusation in such cases. The court ignored that her husband had stood between her and...more
Nov. 16, 2018, 12:39 p.m.
Countries: Bhutan
Variables: DV-LAW-2

"Penalties for perpetrators of domestic violence range from a prison sentence of one month to three years. Offenders also are fined the daily national minimum wage for 90 days" (13).
Nov. 16, 2018, 9:46 a.m.
Countries: Burma/Myanmar
Variables: DV-LAW-2

"In instances of domestic violence, village leaders often ask the spouses to try to work out their differences and return in a few months, putting the woman at high risk for harm. Often village level justice is merely an agreement by the perpetrator not to reoffend which is an inadequate justice outcome" (page 28).
Nov. 16, 2018, 9:30 a.m.
Countries: Belgium
Variables: DV-LAW-2

"Legal sanctions for domestic violence are based on the sanctions for physical violence against a third person; the latter range from eight days to 20 years in prison. In cases of domestic violence, these sanctions are doubled" (9).
Nov. 12, 2018, 8:37 p.m.
Countries: Kosovo
Variables: DV-LAW-2

"Convictions for domestic violence carry prison terms of six months to five years" (para 110)
Nov. 9, 2018, 11:06 a.m.
Countries: North Korea
Variables: DV-LAW-2

"The Law on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of Women, as well as the Family Law, which are focused on reconciliation rather than the prosecution of perpetrators of gender-based violence against women... The Committee remains concerned about the State party’s continued prioritization of reconciliation and mediation in family disputes and divorce cases, which may not afford adequate protection to women who are victims of domestic violence and result in impunity for perpetrators" (3). "The Law on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of Women, while prohibiting gender-based violence against women, does not provide for victim protection and support measures or for criminal liability of perpetrators" (6).more
Nov. 2, 2018, 9:21 a.m.
Countries: Kazakhstan
Variables: DV-LAW-2

"Legislation identifies various types of domestic violence, such as physical, psychological, sexual, and economic, and outlines the responsibilities of local and national governments and NGOs in providing support to domestic violence victims. The law also outlines mechanisms for the issuance of restraining orders and provides for the 24-hour administrative detention of abusers. 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...more
Oct. 26, 2018, 8:42 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 14).
Oct. 25, 2018, 10:20 p.m.
Countries: Burma/Myanmar
Variables: DV-LAW-2

"Punishment for violating the law includes sentences ranging from one year to life in prison, in addition to possible fines. Overlapping and at times contradictory legal provisions complicated implementation of these limited protections" (38).
Oct. 3, 2018, 1:31 p.m.
Countries: Honduras
Variables: DV-LAW-2

"The law provides penalties of two to four years in prison. If the physical injury does not reach the severity required for prosecution as a criminal act, the only legal penalty for a first offense is a sentence of one to three months of community service. Female victims of domestic violence are entitled to certain protective measures under the law. Abusers caught in the act are detained for up to 24 hours as a preventive measure. The law provides a maximum sentence of three years’ imprisonment for disobeying a restraining order connected with the crime of intrafamilial violence" (para 101)
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).