Country Bahamas
Year 2007
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 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.

Full Text

Domestic Violence (Protection Orders) Act

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