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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Resources for Developing Legislation on Domestic Violence

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Strengthening Implementation of Gender-Based Violence Policies in Bolivia: Analysis and Implementation Advocacy in the Avances de Paz Project, USAID, Health Policy Initiative (September 2010).

Battered Women’s Justice Project, USA, Examples in Domestic Violence.
VAWNet, National Online Resource Center on Violence Against Women.

European Union, Violence in the EU Examined, 2009. 

Horváth, Enikö, Zukani, Monwabisi, Eppel, Desmond, Kays, Monica, Konare, Abdoul, Park, Yeora S., Pischalnikova, Ekaterina Y., Stankard, Nathaniel, and Zingher, Tally, in collaboration with Barad, Elizabeth and Slattery, Elisa, Gender-Based Violence Laws in Sub-Saharan Africa (2007).

International Centre for Criminal Law Reform and Criminal Justice Policy, Model Strategies and Practical Measures on the Elimination of Violence Against Women in the Field of Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice: Resource Manual, March 1999; available in English and Russian.

Kuriansky, Joan A., Ed., and Little, Kristin, Project Coordinator, Assessing Justice System Response to Violence Against Women: A Tool for Law Enforcement, Prosecution and the Courts to Use in Developing Effective Responses, 1998, Battered Women’s Justice Project, National Resource Center on Domestic Violence.

Ministry of Children & Family Development, British Columbia, Canada, Best Practice Approaches: Child Protection and Violence Against Women (2010).
National Advisory Council on Violence Against Women and the Violence Against Women Office, The Toolkit to End Violence Against Women (2001).

National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, USA, Effective Intervention in Woman Battering & Child Maltreatment Cases: Guidelines for Policy and Practice, 1999.

National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, Family Violence: A Model State Code, 1994.

National Council to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children, Australia, Domestic Violence Laws in Australia (2009).

OSCE, Bringing Security Home: Combating Violence Against Women in the OSCE Region. A Compilation of Good Practices (2009). Available in English; Montenegrin; or Russian.

Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, Handbook for Parliamentarians: Parliaments United in Combating Domestic Violence Against Women, 2006.

Pence, Ellen, and Eng, Denise, The Saint Paul blueprint for safety: An Interagency Response to Domestic Violence Crimes (2009).

The Advocates for Human Rights, Stop Violence against Women website, Drafting Domestic Violence Laws.

The Advocates for Human Rights, Stop Violence against Women website, PowerPoint on Drafting Domestic Violence Laws.

UN Women, Domestic Violence Legislation and its Implementation: An Analysis for ASEAN Countries Based on International Standards and Good Practices, 2009.

UNIFEM Central and Eastern Europe, Ending Domestic Violence in Southeast Europe and Turkey: Towards a Regional Strategy for Action, 2007.

United Nations, 1996 United Nations Report of the Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences, a framework for model legislation on domestic violence, 1996, E/CN.4/1996/53/Add.2 (abbreviated as UN Model Framework). Available in Arabic, English, French, Mandarin, Russian, and Spanish.

United Nations, The UN Secretary-General’s database on violence against women is an excellent source for laws, action plans, administrative provisions, and more from many countries on violence against women;
United Nations Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, Report of the Intergovernmental Expert Group Meeting to Review and Update the Model Strategies and Practical Measures on the Elimination of Violence against Women in the Field of Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, March 2009.

United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs Division for the Advancement of Women, Handbook for legislation on violence against women (2009). Available in Arabic, English; French; Mandarin; Spanish; and Russian.
A PowerPoint presentation on the handbook.
A video dialogue between two experts discussing the handbook.

USAID, Toolkit for Integrating Domestic Violence Activities into Programming in Europe and Eurasia, 2009.