Country Antigua and Barbuda
Year 2015
Type of Measure Violence against women > Legislation
Form of Violence Domestic violence/Intimate partner violence

Brief Description

The Domestic Violence Act of 2015 was passed by the Ministry of Legal Affairs as an amendment to local legislation in order to improve both rights of women and girls under the law and their access to justice. The Act expands the definition of domestic violence (DV) under the law, and mandates that police offices file a report  on every reported case of DV or Intimate Partner Violence (IPV), among other measures. This ensures that more women are able to seek redress under the law and makes it more likely for their cases to be heard within the court. 

Source of Information

Antigua and Barbuda's submission for National Review for Implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action, Beijing+25, 2019, p.16, p.19, p.41 and p.42

For more information: Domestic Violence Act 2015