Country Germany
Year 2011
Type of Measure Violence against women > Legislation
Form of Violence Stalking

Brief Description

An amendment to the Criminal Code now provides “stalking” victims with better protection and has closed loopholes in the definition of punishable acts. Section 238 of the Criminal Code states that:                                                                                                                                 

(1) Whosoever unlawfully stalks a person by                                                                        
1.  seeking his proximity,
2.  trying to establish contact with him by means of telecommunications or other means of communication or through third persons,
3.  abusing his personal data for the purpose of ordering goods or services for him or causing third persons to make contact with him,
4.  threatening him or a person close to him with loss of life or limb, damage to health or deprivation of freedom, or
5.  committing similar acts and thereby seriously infringes his lifestyle shall be liable to imprisonment not exceeding three years or a fine.

Source of Information

CEDAW/C/DEU/6 p. 23


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