A new Domestic Violence Act (2010) replaces the Domestic Violence Act (2001) to provide a civil remedy that would emphasize safety and protection as opposed to arrest and punishment. This law includes the following: all forms of abuse between persons in domestic relationships, listed as physical abuse, sexual abuse, economic abuse, emotional abuse, intimidation, stalking, harassment and damage to property; definitions of domestic relationships to include spousal, common-law, engagement, visiting and dating relationships, as well as any actual or perceived romantic, intimate or sexual relationship of any duration. It also includes relationships by blood and adoption; details regarding the responsibilities and obligations of the Police, including their duty to respond to every complaint received, whether from the victim of the abuse or from any other person, to complete the Domestic Violence Police Report Form, and to file the appropriate criminal charge against the alleged offender in accordance with the criminal laws.
Source of Information
The Government of Grenada, National Review on Beijing +20 2014, pg 63