In August 2014, the National Parliament of Solomon Islands passed the Family protection Bill 2014. This is an Act to provide for the protection of families from domestic violence and to promote the safety, health and well-being of victims of domestic violence, and for other related purposes.
This Act prohibits conducts, or threats of such conduct, committed by a person against another person. This includes physical, sexual, psychological, and economic abuse. These forms of abuse are further defined in the Bill. It also defines the types of relationships in which domestic violence can occur. The Bill is a mixture of criminal and civil law. Whilst it criminalizes behaviors relating to domestic violence, it also provides civil remedies to protect victims in ensuring their safety. The penalty for committing domestic violence is $30,000 or a 3 year imprisonment term or both.
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