In Angola, “Law on Domestic Violence a Step Forward for Women’s Rights”

July 21, 2011 at 12:31 pm Leave a comment

This month, Angola passed a law against domestic violence, making it a “public crime” and providing state financial support for victims who are financially dependent on their attackers.

From the Inter Press Service:

“Domestically abused women who are financially dependent on their abusers can now report the crime with the assurance that they will be able to get financial and medical support from the state, thanks to the country’s new law on domestic violence.

“Women’s campaigners have welcomed the introduction of the new law, which was signed into the statue books on Jul. 8, and which criminalises domestic violence and offers protection to victims and their families.

“Until now domestic violence had not been illegal in Angola – and on the rare occasions it reached court, it was prosecuted under rape, assault and battery laws…

“Angola’s minister for women and family promotion, Genoveva Lino, who has led the fight to criminalise domestic violence for a number of years, described the new legislation as a “victory for all Angolans” that would “help build stronger and more stable family units.”

Read more: http://ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=56464

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