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Japan: Two Laws Amended to Better Protect Women

(Aug. 23, 2013) The Diet, Japan’s legislature, at the end of its regular session in late June 2013 passed legislation to revise the country’s anti-domestic violence law and the anti-stalking control law. Before the revisions were adopted, there were cases of violence against women that neither law could adequately cover, in particular, murders that had […]

Uganda: Women Judges Voice Concern over Domestic Violence

(July 8, 2013) On June 18, 2013, a group of female judges in Uganda expressed concern over the increase in gender-based domestic violence and abuse in their country. (Domestic Violence Cases Soar, NEW VISION (June 18, 2013).) The President of the National Association of Women Judges-Uganda (NAWJU), Stella Arach Amoko, attributed this in part to […]

Israel: Assistance to Battered Women

(Dec. 31, 2012) On November 5, 2012, the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) passed the Welfare Services (Adaptation Grant for Women Who Have Stayed in a Shelter for Battered Women) Law, 5773-2012. The Law provides for an adaptation grant for any woman who has stayed for at least 60 days in a shelter for battered women, to […]

Turkey: Parliament Adopts Law on Prevention of Domestic Violence

(Mar. 15, 2012) Turkey's Parliament (the General Assembly) passed a law on March 8, 2012, notably on International Women's Day, designed to prevent violence against women. In the words of the lawyer and women's rights activist Nazan Moroglu, passage of the Law “is a historic step that will better protect women regardless of their relationship […]

Netherlands: Legal Assistance for Domestic Violence Victims

(Mar. 15, 2011) According to a press release issued by the Netherlands Ministry of Security and Justice [MSJ] on March 1, 2011, as of that date services to victims of domestic violence will be expanded by Victims Support Netherlands [VSN] which will offer free legal assistance to victims of domestic violence whose assailants are under […]

France: Law on Violence Against Women

(Sept. 20, 2010) The French Parliament has adopted Law 2010-769, of July 9, 2010, on Violence Against Women, Violence Between Spouses, and the Effects of These Types of Violence on Children, which sets forth new means of protection against violence available to participants in any of the various familial structures (marriages, civil partnerships, and co-habitation,) […]

Uganda: Domestic Violence Law Enacted

(Nov. 18, 2009) It was reported on November 14, 2009, that the Ugandan Parliament passed into law the Domestic Violence Bill of 2009, which seeks to protect the victims and provides for the punishment of perpetrators of the crime of domestic violence. (Women Happy with Domestic Violence Bill, SUNDAY VISION, Nov. 14, 2009, available at […]

Mozambique: Bill on Domestic Violence

(July 6, 2009) Mozambique: Bill on Domestic Violence It was reported on June 29, 2009, that the Mozambican Parliament unanimously passed the first reading of a bill on domestic violence and sent it to committee for work on some details before it is put to a final vote. (Assembly Passes Bill Against Domestic Violence, CLUB […]

Uganda: Draft Law on Domestic Violence Criminalizes Abusive SMS Messages

(June 25, 2009) It was reported on June 21, 2009, that Fred Ruhindi, Minister of State for Justice and Constitutional Affairs and Deputy Attorney General, introduced in the parliament a new bill, Domestic Violence Bill 2009, designed to extend certain protections to victims of domestic violence and punish perpetrators. (Catherine Bekunda & Milton Olupot, Couples […]

Peru: Protection from Domestic Violence

(Jan. 5, 2009) On November 25, 2008, the Peruvian Congress amended existing laws to provide greater protections for victims of domestic violence. Law No. 29282, enacted after the incorporation of observations submitted by President Alan Garcia Perez, amends the Criminal Code and the revised text of Law No. 26260 on protection from domestic violence. The […]