Domestic Violence (DV) became a public crime following the enactment of the Penal Code in March 2009, ensuring criminal proceedings do not depend on a formal complaint from the victim; the state is obliged to investigate and prosecute crimes of DV. DV is covered in Art. 154 and 155 (mistreatment of a spouse and a minor). Although there is no definition of DV in the law, these articles provide scope for judges to try cases of DV, whether physical or psychological. Both of these crimes are subject to prison sentences from 2 to 6 years and can rise up to 10 to 15 years in case of aggravating circumstances (article 156)
Source of Information
The Government of Timor-Leste's submission for the 2016 Secretary General’s Report on the implementation of the General Assembly Resolutions on Intensification of efforts to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls, on Trafficking in women and girls,and on Intensifying global efforts for the elimination of female genital mutilations, P.2
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