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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Ensure that the Goal of the Legislation Is Well-Defined

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The goal of legislation on violence against women and girls should be “…to prevent violence against women, to ensure investigation, prosecution and punishment of perpetrators, and to provide protection and support for complainants/survivors of violence.” (UN Handbook, p. 65). A clearly drafted goal enables all who draft legislation and who work for its passage to review potential language in light of this goal, and to reject language which does not support it. Legislation drafted with this goal in mind will also establish a standard of intolerable behavior, deter misconduct, and provide remedies to survivors. (UN Secretary-General’s in-depth study on violence against women, p. 83).