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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Time limit between enacting and enforcing laws

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The time between the enaction and enforcement of a new domestic violence and dowry-related violence law must be carefully calculated so that amendments and amendments which are necessary to the enforcement of the new law may be quickly enacted and promulgated. (See: UN Handbook 3.2.7) 

Example: the law of Albania states that the Council of Ministers is to issue all of the necessary secondary legislation to the implementation of the domestic violence law within 3 months of its entry into force.