The Anti Gender-Based Violence Act (2011) was passed in April 2011. It is an Act to provide for the protection of victims of gender-based violence; constitute the Anti-Gender -Based Violence Committee; establish the Anti-Gender-Based Violence Fund; and provide for matters connected with, or incidental to, the foregoing. It provides for the issuance of protection orders, the creation of shelters (Article 24) for child victims of violence (Article 27), and for the creation of shelters for adult victims and their children (Article 28). The Act also establishes an Anti Gender-Based Violence Committee (Article 31 and 31.2) and an Anti Gender-Based Violence Fund (Article 32). Physical, mental, social or economic abuse ” means any act, omission or behaviour or threat of any such act, omission or behaviour which results in death or is likely to result in the direct infliction of physical, sexual or mental injury to any person, and includes, among others, female genital mutilation.
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