Country Lebanon
Year 2014
Type of Measure Violence against women > Legislation
Form of Violence Domestic violence/Intimate partner violence

Brief Description

After years of demand, the Parliament passed the Law on the Protection of Women and Other Family Members from Domestic Violence in 2014. The importance of this law is that it includes, on the one hand, protective provisions for members of the family who are exposed to violence, including women, and on the other hand, punishments for the perpetrators. This law has contributed to strengthening the capacity of institutions to address violence, especially in courts where, following the adoption of the law and in cases of women subjected to violence, some judges have noted the lack of the text of the law - some of which have led to judicial decisions that expand the interpretation of the law of the concept of violence covered by article 2 of the law (decision of the judge of Urgent Matters in Beirut on 31/5-2014), and the jurisprudence that went beyond the principle of perpetuating the concept of moral violence against women to recognize one of its aspects as violence manifested by the use of the child conceived from matrimony as an instrument of aggression against the husband or the wife (decision of the judge of urgent matters on 20/8/2014).

Source of Information

Lebanon's submission for National Review for Implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action, Beijing+25, 2019, p.4 and p.6-7

For more information: Accountability for Sexual and Gender-Based Violence in Lebanon- Guidance and Recommendations for Criminal Justice Actors (2020) and Concluding observations on the sixth periodic report of Lebanon