Country Tonga
Year 2010
Type of Measure Policies > Inclusion of violence against women in other national plan/strategy
Form of Violence Domestic violence/Intimate partner violence

Brief Description

Tonga Police has a zero tolerance approach on all physical assaults and all other serious crimes committed as a result of domestic disputes. This means that the Tonga Police will actively pursue all charges where an assault or a serious crime has been committed and will ensure each complaint progresses to a judicial hearing. Victims may recant or request charges be withdrawn. It is of the utmost importance that all domestic violence complaints are investigated thoroughly and no charges are withdrawn on such a request made by the victim. The No Drop Policy ensures that all domestic violence related physical assaults and all other domestic violence related crimes suspected of being committed are investigated and prosecuted in a consistent and uniformed manner.

Source of Information

A/HRC/WG.6/15/TON/1, para 80

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