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Other law enforcement professionals

  • It is important to examine all aspects of institutions and systems that may play a role in implementing laws on violence against women. In many countries, training for immigration officials is a critical piece of implementation. For example, following the adoption of the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act in Thailand, the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security’s immigration officers, particularly those who would come into contact with possible victims of trafficking among migrant populations, were trained on how to identify and assist trafficked victims, as well as on the legal protections for victims. (See: Training of Immigration Officers on Trafficking, UN Secretary General’s database on violence against women)
  • In the UK, as in many countries, probation officers are an important part of the equation in domestic violence cases. The government has issued a national policy on domestic abuse specifically focusing on probation officers in relation to the Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act of 2004. See: National Probation Service Interim Domestic Abuse Policy, UN Secretary General’s database on violence against women.
  • Violence against women in prisons is also a serious concern. Many women have experienced violence prior to incarceration or may experience violence during their incarceration. In Japan, the law on penal detention facilities requires human rights training, including training for corrections officers focused on prevention of violence against women and sexual harassment in prisons. (See: Training Institute for Correctional Personnel, UN Secretary-General’s database on violence against women. In the UK, Guidelines on Supporting Women Who Have Been Affected by Violence and Abuse were issued for all women’s prisons)