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Table Of Contents

1. Introduction
2. International and regional legal and policy framework
2.1. International legal and policy instruments and jurisprudence
2.1.1. International human rights treaties
2.1.2. Other international treaties
2.1.3. International policy instruments
2.2. Regional legal and policy instruments and jurisprudence
2.3. Model laws and strategies
3. Model framework for legislation on violence against women
3.1. Human rights-based and comprehensive approach
3.1.1. Violence against women as a form of gender-based discrimination
3.1.2. Comprehensive legislative approach
3.1.4. Gender-sensitive legislation
3.1.6. Amendment and/or removal of conficting legal provisions
3.2. Implementation
3.2.1. National action plan or strategy
3.2.2. Budget
3.2.3. Training and capacity-building for public ofcials
3.2.4. Specialized police and prosecutorial units
3.2.5. Specialized courts
3.2.6. Protocols, guidelines, standards and regulations
3.2.7. Time limit on activating legislative provisions
3.2.8. Penalties for non-compliance by relevant authorities
3.3. Monitoring and evaluation
3.3.1. Specifc institutional mechanism to monitor implementation
3.3.2. Collection of statistical data
3.4. Defnitions
3.4.1. Defning forms of violence against women
3.4.2. Defning domestic violence
3.4.2.1. Comprehensive defnition of types of domestic violence
3.4.2.2. Scope of persons protected by the law
3.4.3. Defning sexual violence
3.4.3.2. Defning sexual harassment
3.5. Prevention
3.5.2. Awareness-raising
3.5.3. Educational curricula
3.5.4. Sensitization of the media
3.6. Protection, support, and assistance to complainants/survivors
3.6.1. Comprehensive and integrated support services
3.6.2. Rape crisis centres
3.6.3. Support for the survivor in her employment
3.6.4. Housing rights of the survivor
3.6.5. Financial support for the survivor
3.7. Rights of immigrant women
3.8. Investigation
3.8.1. Duties of police ofcers
3.8.2. Duties of prosecutors
3.8.3. Pro-arrest and pro-prosecution policies
3.9. Legal proceedings and evidence
3.9.1. Prohibition of mediation
3.9.2. Encouraging timely and expedited proceedings
3.9.4. Rights of the complainant/survivor during legal proceedings
3.9.5. Issues related to the collection and submission of evidence
3.9.6. No adverse inference from delay in reporting
3.9.7.1. Removing the cautionary warning/corroboration rule
3.9.8. No ofence of “false accusation”
3.10. Protection orders
3.10.1. Protection orders for all forms of violence against women
3.10.5. Post-hearing orders
3.10.6. Standing in application for protection orders
3.10.8. Issues specifc to protection orders in cases of domestic violence
3.10.9. Criminal ofence of violation of a protection order
3.11. Sentencing
3.11.2. Removal of exceptions and reductions in sentencing
3.11.5. Restitution and compensation for survivors
3.12. Civil lawsuits
3.12.1. Civil lawsuits against perpetrators
3.12.2. Civil lawsuits against third parties
3.13. Family law
3.14. Asylum law
o Step 1: Defne the legislative goal
o Step 2: Consult with relevant stakeholders
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Handbook for Legislation on Violence Against Women

Handbook for Legislation on Violence Against Women

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