DOMESTIC VIOLENCE LAWS OF THE WORLD

This page provides links to domestic violence laws and policies of the following countries (updated as of 2 February 2010):

 

ALBANIA

Law No. 9669 of 18 December 2006 on measures against violence in family relations.

Law No. 9062 of 8 May 2003, the Family Code [contains provisions on family violence].

ANDORRA

Law No. 15/2008 of 3 October 2008 [amends the Penal Code with respect to domestic violence].

ARGENTINA

Law No. 24417 of 28 December 1994 on protection against family violence.

Decree No. 235 of 7 March 1996 [Regulations to Law No. 24417].

Law No. 26485 of 1 April 2009 [approves the Law on Integral Protection to Prevent, Punish, and Eradicate Violence against Women in Areas in Which They Develop Interpersonal Relations].

AUSTRALIA

Family Law Reform Act 1995 (Act No. 167 of 1995), 16 December 1995 [Part VII, Division 11: Family Violence].

AUSTRIA

Federal Law of 30 December 1996 on protection against family violence.    

BELGIUM

Law of 24 November 1997 to fight violence within couples.

Law of 28 January 2003 [deals with domestic violence].

BELIZE

Domestic Violence Act, 1992, 23 December 1992, as amended through 1996.

BERMUDA

The Domestic Violence (Protection Orders) Act, 1997 (Act No. 1 of 1997), 23 February 1997.

BOLIVIA

Law No. 1674 of 15 December 1995, Law against Family or Domestic Violence.

Supreme Decree No. 25087 of 6 July 1998, Regulations to Law No. 1674.

Constitution, 2009 [guarantees the right of children and adolescents not to be subjected to intrafamily violence].

BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA

Law on Protection from Domestic Violence, 29 March 2005.

BRAZIL

Law No. 10714 of 13 August 2003 [requires the establishment of domestic violence hotlines].

BRUNEI

Married Women Act, 1999 [Sections 25-29].   

CAYMAN ISLANDS

The Summary Jurisdiction (Domestic Violence) Law, 1992 (Law No. 20 of 1992) of 17 November 1992, as revised in 1998.

CHAD

Law No. 006/PR/2002 of 15 April 2002, on the promotion of reproductive health [prohibits domestic violence].

CHILE

Law No. 19325 of 19 August 1994 establishing rules on proceedings and sanctions relating to acts of intrafamily violence, as amended through 2005. 

Decree No. 1415 of 17 October 1994, Regulations to Law No. 19325. 

CHINA

Marriage Law, as amended through 28 April 2001 [Articles 43-48].

CHINA--HONG KONG

Domestic Violence Ordinance, 30 June 1997, as amended through 2008.

Domestic Violence Rules, 1997, as amended through 2008.

CHINATAIWAN

Domestic Violence Prevention Act, 24 June 1998.

 

Enforcement Rules for the Domestic Violence Prevention Act, 22 June 1999, as amended through 2 October 2007.

COLOMBIA

Penal Code, Law No. 599 of 24 January 2000 [Book II, Title VI, Chapter I: Intrafamily Violence]. 

Law 575 of 9 February 2000 [amends Law No. 294]. 

Decree No. 652 of 16 April 2001 [Regulations to Laws No. 294 and 599]. 

Law No. 294 of 16 June 1996 setting forth rules on the prevention, remediation, and punishment of family violence, as amended through 2000. 

Law No. 1257 of 4 December 2008 [amends the Penal Code with respect to domestic violence].

 

National Sexual and Reproductive Health Policy, Ministry of Social Protection, February 2003 [contains provisions on domestic violence].

COMMONWEALTH OF THE NORTHERN MARIANAS

Public Law No. 12-19 of 20 September 2000 [deals with domestic violence]. 

Public Law No. 12-30 of 14 November 2000 [amends Public Law No. 12-19].

COSTA RICA

Law No. 7586 of 25 March 1996, Law against Domestic Violence.

Law No. 8688 of 5 November 2008 [creates a National System for Care and prevention of Violence against Women and Domestic Violence].

CYPRUS

Violence in the Family (Prevention and Victim Protection) (Amendment) Act 2004.

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

Law No. 88-03 of 1 May 2003 [establishes shelters in all of the country for housing women, children, and adolescents who are the victims of domestic violence].

EAST TIMOR

Decree-Law No. 19/2009, 30 March 2009, the Penal Code [contains provisions on domestic violence].

ECUADOR

Law No. 103 of 25 November 1995, Law against Violence against Women and the Family.

Constitution, 28 September 2008 [guarantees priority health care for the victims of domestic violence].

 

Accord No. 0000363 of the Ministry of Public Health of 7 July 2008 [approves the National Plan for the Eradication of Gender and Intrafamily Violence].

Executive Decree No. 1109 of 27 May 2008 [amends the above Accord]. 

EL SALVADOR

Decree No. 902 of 5 December 1996, the Law on Intrafamily Violence.

Decree No. 892 of 27 June 2002 [amends Decree No. 902]. 


Decree No. 345 of 2 July 1998 [amends provisions of the Penal Code on domestic violence]. 

GERMANY

Law of 11 December 2001 on civil law protection against acts of violence and harassment.

GREECE

Law No. 3500/2006 [on domestic violence].

GUATEMALA

Decree No. 97-96 of 24 October 1996, Law to Prevent, Punish, and Eradicate Intrafamily Violence.   

Decree No. 2008-22 of 9 April 2008 [adopts the Law against the Murder of Women and Other Kinds of Violence against Women].

HONDURAS

Decree No. 132-97 of 29 September 1997, the Law on Domestic Violence. 

HUNGARY

Law No. 72 of 2009 [on domestic violence].

IRELAND

Domestic Violence Act, 1996 (Act No. 1 of 1996, 27 February 1996.

Domestic Violence (Amendment) Act, 2002 (Act No. 30 of 2002), 19 December 2002. 

ITALY

Decree-Law No. 11 of 23 February 2009, coordinated and converted into Law by Law No. 38 of 23 April 2009 [contains provisions on domestic violence].

JAPAN

Law for the Prevention of Spousal Violence and the Protection of Victims (Law No. 31 of 2001), 2001, as amended through 2007.  


JORDAN

 

Law of 16 March 2008 [on domestic violence].

 

LATVIA

 

Cabinet Order No. 343 of 18 June 2008 [approves the Programme for the Reduction of Domestic Violence 2008-2011].

 

Cabinet Order No. 648m 17 October 2007 Regarding the Programme for Implementation of Gender Equality 2007-2010 [contains provisions on domestic violence].

 

LITHUANIA

 

Law No. X-1597 of 12 June 2008 [amends the Penal Code with respect to domestic violence].

 

LUXEMBOURG


Law of 8 September 2003 on domestic violence.  

 

MACEDONIA

 

Law amending the Family Law, 2008 [contains provisions on domestic violence].


MADAGASCAR


Law No. 2000-21 of 2000 [amends the Penal Code to prohibit violence committed against a spouse]
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MALAYSIA

Domestic Violence Act, 1994.

MAURITIUS

An Act to provide protection to the victims of domestic violence, 1997.

Protection from Domestic Violence (Amendment) Act 2007 (Act. No. 23 of 2007), 20 December 2007.

MEXICO

Regulations No. NOM-046-SSA-2005 of 27 February 2008 [establish criteria on the detection and prevention of, medical attention for, and guidance on family and sexual violence in health services]. 

 

General Law on the Access of Women to a Life Free from Violence, 19 December 2006.

 

Regulations to its General Law on the Access of Women to a Life Free from Violence, 12, March 2008.

MEXICO--FEDERAL DISTRICT

Law of 8 July 1996 on Assistance for and Prevention of Intrafamily Violence.

Penal Code, as amended by the Decree of 26 December 1997 [Book II, Title XIX, Chapter VIII: Family Violence.

MOLDOVA

Law No. 45 of 1 March 2007 [on domestic violence].

MOZAMBIQUE

Law No. 29/2008 of 29 September 2008 [on domestic violence].

NEPAL

Domestic Violence (Crime and Punishment) Act, 2008.

NETHERLANDS

Law of 9 October 2008 [contains rules on the imposition of restraining orders on person who pose a serious threat of committing domestic violence].

NEW ZEALAND

Domestic Violence Act 1995 (No. 86 of 1995), 15 December 1995, as amended through 2008.

Domestic Violence Amendment Act 2009 (Public Act No. 43 of 2009), 27 October 2009.

The Domestic Violence (General) Amendment Regulations 2009 (Statutory Instrument No. 186 of 2009).

The Domestic Violence Amendment 2009 (Statutory Instrument No.189 of 2009).

NICARAGUA

Law No. 230 of 19 September 1996, Law on amendments and additions to the Penal Code [amends the Penal Code to add provisions on domestic violence].

Law No. 641, Penal Code, 16 November 2007 [contains provisions on domestic violence].

NORWAY

Law No. 74 of 19 June 2009 [amends the Penal Code with respect to domestic violence].

Law No. 44 of 19 June 2009 [on shelters for the victims of violence, including family violence].

PANAMA

Law No. 27 of 16 June 1995 defining crimes of intrafamily violence

PARAGUAY

Law No. 1600 of 6 October 2000 against domestic violence.

Law No. 3440 of 16 July 2008 [amends the Penal Code with respect to domestic violence].

PERU

Supreme Decree No. 006-97-JUS of 15 June 1997 approving the coordinated text of the Law on Protection against Family Violence, as amended through 2003.

Law No. 27007 of 2 December 1998 authorizing defenders of children and adolescents to carry out extrajudicial conciliation.

Law No. 26260 of 22 December 1993 establishing the policy of the State and society on family violence.

Law No.29282 of 25 November 2008 [amends the Coordinated text of Law No. 26260 on domestic violence and the Penal Code to strengthen provisions on domestic violence].

POLAND

Act of 29 July 2005 on Counteraction of Domestic Violence.

PORTUGAL

Law No. 129/99 of 20 August 1999 approving the system applicable to advance payment by the State for indemnification due to the victims of marital violence.

Decree-Law No. 48/95 of 15 March 1995 approving the Penal Code, as amended by Law No. 65/98 of 2 September 1998 [Article 152].

Law No. 7/2000 of 27 May 2000 [amends Article 152 of the Penal Code].

Resolution No. 88/2003 of 13 June 2003 [approves the Second national Plan against Domestic Violence].

 

Law No. 112/2009 of 16 September 2009 [on domestic violence].

 

Law No. 104/2009 of 14 September 2009 [approves a system for indemnifying the victims of violent crimes and domestic violence].  

 

REPUBLIC OF KOREA

Law No. 5487 of 31 December 1997, Act on Domestic Violence Prevention and Victims Protection, etc., as amended through 2006.

ROMANIA

Penal Code, 17 July 2009 [contains provisions on domestic violence].

RWANDA

Law No. 59/2008 of 10 September 2008 on prevention and punishment of gender-based violence [contains provisions on family violence].

SAINT LUCIA

Domestic Violence (Summary Proceedings) Act 1995 (Act No. 7 of 1995), 20 April 1995.

SAINT VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES

Domestic Violence (Summary Proceedings) Act, 1995, 17 October 1995.

SAN MARINO

Law No. 97 of 20 June 2008 [on domestic violence].

SERBIA

Law amending the Criminal Code, 2009 [contains provisions on domestic violence].

 

Family Law, 2005 [prohibits domestic violence].

SINGAPORE

Women’s Charter, as amended by the Women’s Charter (Amendment) Act 1996 (Act No. 30 of 1996) [Part VII: Protection of the Family]. 

SLOVENIA

Law of 1 February 2008 [on domestic violence].

Resolution of 27 May 2009 [approves the Program on the Prevention of Domestic Violence in the Family, 2009-2014].

Criminal Code, 20 May 2008 [contains provisions on domestic violence].

Family Violence Prevention Act, 2005.

SOUTH AFRICA

Domestic Violence Act, 1998 (No. 116 of 1998), 20 October 1998.

Regulations under the Domestic Violence Act, 1999.

 

SPAIN

 

Law No. 27/2003 of 31 July 2003 [regulates the system of protection for victims of domestic violence].

 

Organic Law No. 11/2003 of 29 September 2003 on concrete measures relating to the safety of victims, domestic violence, and the social integration of foreigners.

Organic law No. 14/1999 of 9 June 1999 amending the Penal Code with respect to the protection of the victims of mistreatment and amending the Law of Criminal Procedure.

Royal Decree No. 1917/2008 of 21 November 2008 [approves the Program for the socio-labor insertion of women who are the victims of domestic violence]. 

SRI LANKA

Plan of Action supporting the Prevention of Domestic Violence Act, National Committee on Women, 2005.

TOGO

Law No. 2007-017 of 6 July 2007 [contains provisions on the protection of children from domestic violence].

TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO

Domestic Violence Act 1999 (Act No. 27 of 1999), 12 October 1999.

TURKEY

Law No. 5636 of 26 April 2007 [amends provisions of the Law on the Protection of the Family with respect to domestic violence],

UNITED KINIGDOM

Family Law Act, 1996 (Chapter 27 of 1996) [Part IV, in particular].

URUGUAY

Law No. 17514 of 2 July 2002 declaring that activities designed to prevent, provide care with respect to, and eradicate domestic violence are of general interest.

Decree No. 001-1706/2009 of 26 June 2009 of the Ministry of Public Health [amends Decree No. 494/006 of 27 November 2006 on domestic violence].

VANUATU

The Family Protection Act (Act No. 28 of 2008), 22 December 2008 [deals with domestic violence].

VENEZUELA

Law of 3 September 1998 on violence against women and the family.

VIETNAM

Law on Domestic Violence Prevention and Control, Law No. 02/2007/QH12, 5 December 2007.

 

Decree No. 8/2009/ND-CP of 4 May 2009 [guides the implementation of Articles of the Law on domestic violence].