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Nigeria: Bill on Elimination of Violence Against Persons Enacted into Law

(June 4, 2015) On May 25, 2015, as one of his last acts in office, former Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan signed into law the Violence Against Persons Bill. (Mohammed Abubakar & Kanayo Umeh, Jonathan Signs Two Bills into Law, GUARDIAN (May 26, 2015).) According to its 2011 version, the legislation contains provisions banning various forms […]

Australia: Prime Minister Announces New Push for National Approach to Domestic Violence

(Feb. 9, 2015) On January 28, 2015, the Prime Minister of Australia, Tony Abbott, announced the establishment of a new panel to advise the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) on domestic violence laws. (Press Release, Hon. Tony Abbott MP, COAG Agenda to Address Ending Violence Against Women (Jan. 28, 2015).) Abbott called for COAG to […]

Council of Europe: Convention to Prevent and Combat Violence Against Women Enters into Force

(Aug. 12, 2014) On August 1, 2014, the Council of Europe (COE) Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence entered into force, following its ratification by 14 signatories, which are all COE Member States: Albania, Andorra, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Denmark, France, Italy, Malta, Montenegro, Portugal, Serbia, Spain, Sweden, and Turkey. […]

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 Regulation, […]

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 […]