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Netherlands: Protocol Adopted to Protect Children in Partner-Killing Cases

(Dec. 27, 2013) On December 1, 2013, a new protocol on custody of children in the event of a partner killing took effect in the Netherlands. It was developed under the aegis of the Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice, which held four expert meetings to consider the consequences for children of such family dramas. […]

Saudi Arabia: New Regulation on Protection Against Abuse

(Sept. 10, 2013) On August 26, 2013, the Council of Ministers of Saudi Arabia approved the Regulation to Protect Against Abuse, which has the force of law. A copy of the Regulation, in Arabic, is available on the website of the National Society of Human Rights in Saudi Arabia.   Under article 1 of this […]

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 […]