Country Namibia
Year 2003
Type of Measure Violence against women > Legislation
Form of Violence Domestic violence/Intimate partner violence, Sexual harassment, Sexual violence, Stalking, Violence against women and girls

Brief Description


The Combating of Domestic Violence Act (No. 4 of 2003) makes domestic violence a specific crime and has a broad definition of domestic violence that includes physical abuse, sexual abuse, economic abuse, intimidation, harassment and serious emotional, verbal or psychological abuse.

The Act provides for the issuing of protection orders in domestic violence matters; creates the offence of domestic violence; provides for police duties in respect of domestic violence incidents; and amends the Criminal Procedure Act, 1977 with regard to domestic violence.

The Act is accompanied by Regulations which outline the manner of application for a protection order and other procedures under the Act.

Full Text

Combating of Domestic Violence Act (No. 4 of 2003)

Source of Information

Response of the Government of Namibia to the questionnaire on violence against women 2010; CEDAW/C/NAM/2-3 p. 33