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.

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Warning provisions

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Legislation should specifically preclude the use of warnings as a prerequisite for filing for a protection order, or be required as required evidence for obtaining a protection order.

Legislation should specifically preclude the use of warnings to violent offenders as a part of the police or judicial response to domestic violence. Warnings do not promote offender accountability or communicate a message of zero tolerance for violence. See: Duties of police and Duties of judiciary.