Country Suriname
Year 2008
Type of Measure Institutional mechanisms
Form of Violence Domestic violence/Intimate partner violence

Brief Description


The Steering Committee on Domestic Violence was created on May 05, 2008. On that day, six ministers (Justice & Police, Home Affairs, Social Affairs, Health, Education, Regional Development) signed a cooperation agreement to better develop their policy and to approach domestic violence in a structured way. In this cooperation each ministry has a commitment. For example the Ministry of Home Affairs will support the integral approach trough coordinating and initiating policy and legislation which execute a balanced gender policy according to the international commitments by decreasing and eradicating domestic violence through information to the community.  The Ministry of Home Affairs, Education, Regional Development, Health and Social Affairs and Housing each have an official in the Steering committee, while for the Ministry of Justice and Police officials from the office of the Public Prosecutor, department of Legislation and the Bureau Women and Child Policy are represented in the committee.

The committee is assigned to:

  • Propose policy related to the prevention and combat of domestic violence;
  • Propose policy related to integrated crisis shelter and guidance of victims;
  • Coordinate the implementation of policies regarding prevention and combat of domestic violence and integrated crisis shelter and guidance of victims;
  • Evaluate the cooperation and advise on the progress or finalization of the treaty of Cooperation

The Steering Committee is working on an integrated policy and action plan to combat domestic violence.

Source of Information

Response of the Government of Suriname to the questionnaire on violence against women, February 2009