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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Lethality or risk assessments

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Legislation should mandate that police investigate the level of risk to domestic violence victims in each case of domestic violence. See: Case Study on Duluth Pocket Card. For additional risk assessment factors, see: Assessing Risk Factors for Intimate Partner Homicide (2003). Other agencies of the criminal justice system, including prosecutors and judges, should also assess the level of risk to victims.

See section on Lethality or risk assessments below in Criminal Law Provisions and in the sections on Duties of prosecutors and Duties of judiciary.

See the Resources on the National Judicial Institute on Domestic Violence website.

See the section on Risk Assessment in the Security Module.