In June 2007, the Domestic Violence Act was passed by Parliament. The Domestic Violence Act, together with two other Acts, namely the Registration of Customary Marriage Divorce Act and the Devolution of Estates Act, were passed in 2007 and are referred to as the Gender Laws of Sierra Leone.
The Domestic Violence Act 2007 introduces the crime of domestic violence that covers violence occurring in a domestic relationship i.e. between couples, partners, parents and children and other family members. It seeks to address the high incidence of domestic violence in Sierra Leone which sometimes results in death. Some of these acts of violence can be prosecuted under the general law, but the existing law did not provide mechanisms such as a protection order to prevent repetition of the abuse.
Source of Information
Response of the Government of Sierra Leone to the questionnaire on violence against women 2010; CEDAW/C/SLE/Q/5/Add.1 p. 8