The Act on Domestic Violence Perpetrated against Women became operational on 29 March 2010. The Act was passed in July 2009. The law seeks to address domestic violence against women within family relations. In this scenario, the perpetrator can be a partner or former partner - from legal and common law unions - as well as other relatives of the woman.
The Act states that domestic violence includes: physical abuse; sexual abuse; emotional and psychological abuse; intimidation; harassment; stalking; damage to property; any other controlling or abusive behaviour that harms or may cause harm to a person. The penalties in the Act include: fines, community work, and imprisonment between 3 days to 8 years.
Source of Information
CEDAW/C/MOZ/1-2 p.16; Response of the Government of Mozambique to the questionnaire on violence against women 2011