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(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

In a press conference at the country's Center for Domestic Violence Prevention (CEDOVIP), representatives of several women's rights groups noted that the new law marks the end of impunity for persons who engage in domestic abuse. Tina Musuya, executive director of CEDOVIP, stated that while enacting this law is a positive development, its implementation will require a lot of hard work, and she expressed CEDOVIP's readiness to work with the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development to educate the public on the implementation of the law. (Id.)

Although the content of the enacted version of the Domestic Violence Bill is not yet available, the initial bill presented to the Parliament was rather inclusive. It criminalized abusive phone calls and SMS messages and also provided for domestic abuse complaints to be brought before police or local council courts. (Hanibal M. Goitom, Draft Law on Domestic Violence Criminalizes Abusive SMS Messages, GLOBAL LEGAL MONITOR, June 25, 2009, available at

Author: Hanibal Goitom More by this author
Topic: Domestic violence More on this topic
Jurisdiction: Uganda More about this jurisdiction

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Last updated: 11/18/2009