Country Iraq
Year 2009
Type of Measure Institutional mechanisms
Form of Violence Domestic violence/Intimate partner violence

Brief Description


A section to protect the family from domestic violence was established at the Ministry of the Interior further to Circular No. 13966 issued by the Under-Secretary for Police Affairs of the Ministry of the Interior on 1 April 2009.  A section is being set up in every police directorate in 14 governorates of Iraq, excluding Kurdistan.  The first unit was opened in Karkh and Rasafah in the governorate of Baghdad in early 2010 and reports directly to the governorate's General Director of the Police.  It was set up to protect families and children from domestic violence and to resolve family problems in a satisfactory way without the intervention of the courts.  It also deals with domestic violence committed by descendants or ascendants who are first or second-degree relatives of the victim/survivor.  The directorate carries out preliminary investigations under the direction of a special judge and, in coordination with relevant ministries, offers shelter to battered women and children in special homes managed by the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs.

Source of Information

Response of the Government of Iraq to the questionnaire on violence against women 2010