Prevention and elimination of all forms of violence against women and girls has been an integral part of the gender equality policy of the Czech Government since the 1990s. Over the past few years a number of important pieces of legislation have been implemented, aimed at protecting victims of gender-based violence. One of the most significant instruments is the Act on Victims of Crimes which came into force in August 2013. Victims of crimes involving violence or threats of violence are considered to be particularly vulnerable victims and are provided inter alia with certain crucial rights to protect them from secondary injury. Particularly vulnerable victims are then given certain special rights, such as the right to prevent contact of the victim with the offender, the right to free professional assistance and the right to interview by a person of the same or opposite gender.
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The Government of Czech Republic'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.
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