Country Mozambique
Year 2009
Type of Measure Violence against women > Legislation
Form of Violence Domestic violence/Intimate partner violence, Sexual harassment, Sexual violence, Stalking

Brief Description

The Act on Domestic Violence Perpetrated against Women became operational on 29 March 2010.  The Act was passed in July 2009.  The law seeks to address domestic violence against women within family relations.  In this scenario, the perpetrator can be a partner or former partner - from legal and common law unions - as well as other relatives of the woman.

The Act states that domestic violence includes: physical abuse; sexual abuse; emotional and psychological abuse; intimidation; harassment; stalking; damage to property; any other controlling or abusive behaviour that harms or may cause harm to a person.  The penalties in the Act include: fines, community work, and imprisonment between 3 days to 8 years.

Full Text

Law on Domestic Violence Perpetrated against Women

Source of Information

CEDAW/C/MOZ/1-2 p.16; Response of the Government of Mozambique to the questionnaire on violence against women 2011