The Domestic Violence (Protection Orders) Act was drafted and subsequently passed in 2007. It came into force on 1 December 2008. The Act provides a broader definition of domestic violence, covering physical, sexual, emotional or psychological and financial abuse. Unlike the previous legislation, it also applies to persons involved in relationships outside of marriage.
Source of Information
The Government of the Bahamas website: http://www.bahamas.gov.bs. Press Release "Bahamas Signs UN Campaign Ad to end Violence Against Women" 26/11/2008