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Oct. 7, 2022, 4:17 p.m.
Countries: Portugal
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"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" (11). "The constitution provides for basic rights of the child, and laws protect children against, among others, physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, and physical and emotional neglect, and the government generally enforced the law" (16).
July 6, 2022, 10:35 a.m.
Countries: Djibouti
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"The development of a legal guide to address gender-based violence. The guide is a legal, informational and orientation tool for women victims of violence, covering physical, psychological, sexual, economic and legal violence. It is a very important educational tool that helps women, specifically, to press charges and seek legal assistance" (12).
June 21, 2022, 8:35 a.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"Domestic Violence Act, in Anguilla in 2014, which provides greater protection for victims of domestic violence by empowering courts to grant a protection order" (2).
June 14, 2022, 5:24 p.m.
Countries: Denmark
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"According to the Act on Social Services, every municipal council has a legal obligation to provide temporary accommodation for women who have experienced violence, threats of violence or any similar crisis in relation to family or marital status. Women may be accompanied by children and receive care and support during their stay. Women staying at women’s shelters receive introductory and coordinated counselling, and the municipal council must offer psychological treatment to children accompanying their mother at the shelter" (12).
June 7, 2022, 10:47 a.m.
Countries: China
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"Article 46 of the law stipulates that “domestic violence against women is prohibited. The State takes measures to prevent and stop domestic violence. The departments of public security, civil affairs, judicial administration, etc., as well as urban and rural mass organizations of self-government at the grassroots level and public organizations shall, within the scope of their respective duties, prevent and stop domestic violence, and provide assistance to female victims.” All the provinces (autonomous regions and municipalities) have also amended or enacted measures for implementation of the Law of the People’s Republic of China on the Protection of Rights and Interests of Women, incorporating provisions for the prevention and suppression of...more
May 30, 2022, 9:08 p.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"An amendment to article 50, paragraph 2 of the Foreign Nationals Act (FNA) came into force on 1 July 2013. When a spouse has not freely consented to the marriage, he or she may henceforth invoke important personal reasons to obtain or extend a residence permit. That change also enshrines in law the Federal Supreme Court’s case law under which, for the right to residence to be upheld after family breakdown, it is not necessary for both conditions, i.e. domestic violence and gravely compromised prospects of social reintegration in the country of origin, to be fulfilled. Moreover, FOGE and FOM have organized four regional workshops on enforcement of FNA article...more
May 27, 2022, 11:45 a.m.
Countries: Serbia
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"The law prohibits child abuse" (27).
May 16, 2022, 8:09 p.m.
Countries: Suriname
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"Adoption of the Law to Combat Domestic Violence (2009). This law aims to protect victims of domestic violence at an early stage through a fast procedure. According to this law, victims of domestic violence can request a restraining order. At the initiative of the Women’s Rights Centre a committee was formed, consisting of legal and gender experts of NGOs, the Anton de Kom University of Suriname (ADEKUS) and the Ministry of Justice and Police, which started with the formulation in mid 2001 of the special law on domestic violence, and a training on domestic violence organized for magistrates, lawyers, prosecutors and police officers in 2003 with the assistance of external...more
May 12, 2022, 5 p.m.
Countries: Panama
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"The law against gender violence stipulates stiff penalties for harassment and both physical and emotional abuse. The law states that sentencing for femicide is a mandatory 25 to 30 years in prison. Officials and civil society organizations agreed that domestic violence continued to be a serious crime. The PNP Specialized Unit for Domestic and Gender Violence created in 2018 continued to have 190 agents trained to work these cases. In June, Roberto Moreno Grajales was convicted and sentenced to 30 years prison for the 2016 killing of his former girlfriend, Diosila Martinez. He had originally fled to Costa Rica after the killing but was extradited in 2018 to Panama" (12)....more
April 29, 2022, 5:43 p.m.
Countries: Russia
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"[T]he committee notes with concern:... [t]he amendment to article 116 of the Criminal Code in February 2017, decriminalizing non-aggravated battery against family or household members and reclassifying it as an administrative offence" (6-7). "[T]he Committee recommends that the State party:... [a]dopt comprehensive legislation to prevent and address domestic violence... and amend the Criminal Code to criminalize on all forms of domestic violence, including physical, sexual, economic and psychological" (7).
April 18, 2022, 10:31 a.m.
Countries: Mozambique
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"The Committee welcomes the progress achieved since the consideration in 2007 of the State party’s second report in undertaking legislative reforms, in particular the adoption or establishment of the ...Act on Domestic Violence against Women (No. 29/2009)" (1). "The Committee welcomes the measures taken by the State party to combat violence against women, such as the adoption of the Act on Domestic Violence against Women (No. 29/2009) and the amendment of the Penal Code, by which the provision exempting an aggressor from criminal liability in case of marriage to the victim of sexual abuse was repealed" (7).
April 5, 2022, 11:51 a.m.
Countries: Belarus
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"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 violating protective orders, battery, intended infliction of pain, and psychological or physical suffering committed against a close family member"(27).
March 28, 2022, 8:57 p.m.
Countries: Latvia
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"Domestic violence is considered an aggravating factor in certain criminal offenses. There are penalties for causing even 'minor' bodily harm when the victim and perpetrator are spouses, former spouses, or civil partners" (12). "The law, as amended during the year, allows police to investigate domestic violence without a victim’s prior approval and criminalizes stalking. The law allows victims of domestic violence to request police officers issue an order for eviction of the perpetrator for eight days. Upon such a request, police must react immediately, on the spot, if necessary" (12). "The law empowers courts to remove vulnerable and abused children from violent homes if parents or guardians cannot do so...more
March 25, 2022, 10:05 p.m.
Countries: Kosovo
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"The law criminalizes rape and domestic violence against all persons" (22). "The criminal code does not specifically criminalize child abuse but addresses various elements of child abuse, including in sections on sexual assault, rape, trafficking in persons, and child pornography, among others" (25).
March 25, 2022, 9:33 p.m.
Countries: Armenia
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"Domestic violence was prosecuted under general statutes dealing with violence and carried various sentences depending on the charge (murder, battery, light battery, rape, etc.)" (28). "In July 2018 the 2017 Law on Prevention of Family Violence, Protection of Persons Subjected to Family Violence, and the Restoration of Family Cohesion went into effect" (30). " The law on prevention of violence within the family covered child victims of domestic violence, envisaging cooperation between police and social services in response to cases of domestic violence" (32).
March 25, 2022, 8:54 p.m.
Countries: United Arab Emirates
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"The penal code allows men to use physical means, including violence, at their discretion against female and minor family members. Punishments issued by courts in domestic abuse cases were often minimal. In some cases, police shared a victim’s contact information with her or his family, which sometimes reached the assailant" (27). "The law prohibits child abuse, and the government has taken steps to increase awareness of the issue, including the Child Safety Campaign, which reinforced the role of media in protecting the rights of children. The government provided shelter and help for child victims of abuse or sexual exploitation. In March, the Dubai Foundation for Women and Children opened a...more
March 19, 2022, 8:45 p.m.
Countries: Iran
Variables: DV-LAW-1, DV-LAW-2

"[T]he group said the bill, which did eventually pass, did not clearly define the term “violence” or “domestic violence” as punishable crimes. Nor did it provide for the removal of victims from their abusers. The bill also requires women who file complaints against their abusers to go through a one-month reconciliation process before court proceedings can begin in case the dispute can be resolved outside the judicial system"(para 8).
March 15, 2022, 11:02 a.m.
Countries: Lithuania
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"Rape and domestic violence are criminal offenses. Penalties for domestic violence depend on the level of injury to the victim, ranging from required public service to life imprisonment. In the first eight months of the year, authorities received 77 reports of rape, compared with 82 during the same period in 2018. Convicted rapists generally received prison sentences of three to five years. No law specifically criminalizes spousal rape, and no data on spousal rape was available. 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 separately from their victims, to avoid all contact...more
March 10, 2022, 10:53 p.m.
Countries: Lebanon
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"NGOs and activists criticized the domestic violence law, claiming that it does not sufficiently protect victims or punish abusers, who they alleged often received disproportionately light sentences" (31).
March 10, 2022, 9:58 a.m.
Countries: Peru
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"The law prohibits domestic violence; penalties range from one month to six years in prison. The law authorizes judges and prosecutors to prevent a convicted spouse or parent from returning to the family home. The law also authorizes the victim’s relatives and unrelated persons living in the home to file complaints of domestic violence. The law requires a police investigation of domestic violence to take place within five days of a complaint and obliges authorities to extend protection to female victims of domestic violence. Enforcement of these laws was lax" (13-14). "The law requires all government authorities, courts, and social service institutions to use the 'best interests of the child'...more
March 9, 2022, 8:57 a.m.
Countries: Italy
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"Act No. 154/2001, entitled “Measures against violence within the household”, focusing on the forced expulsion of the violent spouse through the civil or the criminal proceeding, may be considered as an outstanding tool to stop the domestic violence. The law criminalizes physical abuse of women, including by family members, allows for the prosecution of perpetrators of violence against women, and helps women who have been victims of attack avoid publicity" (26). "Act No. 154/2001 entitled “Measures against violence in family relations” deals with the separation of a violent relative from the family, through civil or penal legal actions. Before the adoption of this measure there were no specific provisions to...more
March 4, 2022, 6:57 p.m.
Countries: Fiji
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"The law defines domestic violence as a specific offense. Police practice a 'no- drop' policy, whereby they are required to pursue investigations of domestic violence cases even if a victim later withdraws the accusation. Nonetheless, women’s organizations reported police did not consistently follow this policy. Courts dismissed some cases of domestic abuse and incest or gave perpetrators light sentences. Traditional and religious practices of reconciliation between aggrieved parties in both indigenous and Indo-Fijian communities were sometimes utilized to mitigate sentences for domestic violence. In some cases, authorities released offenders without a conviction on condition they maintained good behavior" (15-16). "The law requires mandatory reporting to police by teachers and health...more
Feb. 28, 2022, 4:35 p.m.
Countries: El Salvador
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"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. The law also permits restraining orders against offenders"(18).
Feb. 28, 2022, 3:29 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"The law criminalizes domestic violence. Those who abuse spouses, partners, or family members face tougher punishment than those who commit similar offenses in a nondomestic context" (14). "There are laws preventing the abuse of children punishable up to a maximum sentence of 14 years’ imprisonment" (15).
Feb. 24, 2022, 10:11 p.m.
Countries: Colombia
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"...For acts of spousal sexual violence, the law mandates prison sentences of six months to two years..." (24). "The law augments both imprisonment and fines if a crime causes 'transitory or permanent physical disfigurement,' such as acid attacks, which have a penalty of up to 50 years in prison" (25).
Feb. 17, 2022, 11:59 a.m.
Countries: Paraguay
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"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 to be habitual and the aggressor and victim to be 'cohabitating or lodging together'..." (13).
Feb. 11, 2022, 5:23 p.m.
Countries: Romania
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"The criminal code classifies family violence as a separate offense and stipulates that when murder, battery, or other serious violence is committed against a family member, the penalty is increased. The code also states that, if the parties reconcile, criminal liability is removed" (22).
Feb. 11, 2022, 5 p.m.
Countries: Thailand
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"The law provides for the protection of children from abuse, and laws on rape and abandonment carry harsher penalties if the victim is a child" (34).
Feb. 5, 2022, 9:24 a.m.
Countries: Mozambique
Variables: DV-LAW-1, DV-LAW-2

"The law criminalizes rape of adults and children, including spousal rape, and domestic violence. Penalties for conviction range from two to eight years’ imprisonment if the victim is age 12 or older and 20 to 24 years’ imprisonment if the victim is younger than age 12. Conviction of abuse of a spouse or unmarried partner--regardless of gender--is punishable by one to two years’ imprisonment or longer if another crime is also applicable. The government did not effectively enforce domestic abuse law. NGOs stated domestic violence against women remained widespread" (15). "The Child Protection Law provides for protection against physical and sexual abuse; removal of children from parents who are unable...more
Feb. 4, 2022, 7:59 p.m.
Countries: Norway
Variables: DV-LAW-1, DV-LAW-2

"The law provides penalties of up to six years in prison for domestic violence and up to 21 years for aggravated rape. Violence against women, including spousal abuse, was a problem. The government generally enforced the law, although the foundation Oslo Crisis Center continued to criticize the conviction rate (approximately 10 percent) as too low" (10).