Legislation

Throughout this knowledge module, reference to certain provisions or sections of a piece of legislation, part of a legal judgment, or aspect of a practice does not imply that the legislation, judgment, or practice is considered in its entirety to be a good example or a promising practice.

Some of the laws cited herein may contain provisions which authorize the death penalty. In light of the United Nations General Assembly resolutions 62/14963/16865/206, and 67/176 calling for a moratorium on and ultimate abolition of capital punishment, the death penalty should not be included in sentencing provisions for crimes of violence against women and girls.

Other Provisions Related to Domestic Violence LawsResources for Developing Legislation on Domestic Violence
Sexual Harassment in Sport Tools for Drafting Sexual Harassment Laws and Policies
Immigration Provisions Resources for developing legislation on sex trafficking of women and girls
Child Protection Provisions Resources on Forced and Child Marriage
Other provisions related to dowry-related and domestic violence laws
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Last edited: March 16, 2011

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  • Monitoring the implementation of laws on violence against women and girls is done by measuring the government’s response to the violence, both in terms of action and inaction by the government.  The government’s compliance with international standards and with the laws of the state should be documented and analyzed. The response of law enforcement, the legal community, the judiciary, and medical and social service agencies should be documented and analyzed. Monitors should also analyze public awareness and opinion regarding the violence and the law.
  • Monitoring is accomplished by obtaining and analyzing quantitative and qualitative data, using indicators of gender-based acts of physical, sexual, or psychological violence against women and girls.