Country Japan
Year 2019
Type of Measure Violence against women > Legislation
Form of Violence Domestic violence/Intimate partner violence

Brief Description

The Act on the Prevention of Spousal Violence and the Protection of Victims aims to i) enhance measures to prevent child abuse and protect victims of spousal violence, ii) improve cooperation to protect victims, iii) establish comprehensive supporting system for victims including correction and rehabilitative program for perpetrators. The Act was amended in June 2019 and added Child Guidance Centers to the list of concerned organizations that should cooperate to protect victims.

Due consideration for the fact that the victims to whom Spousal Violence Prevention Act and the Protection of Victims applies naturally include foreign nationals (with or without the status of residence), persons with disabilities, the elderly, and other people with different backgrounds, regardless of gender. More specifically, the Immigration Services Agency of Japan engages in appropriate humanitarian treatment of foreign nationals who are victims of spousal violence, with due regard for the victims’ own wishes, position and personal circumstances.

Source of Information

Japan's submission for National Review for Implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action, Beijing+25, 2019, p.9.

For more information: Cabinet Office (Japan)