Country Antigua and Barbuda
Year 1995
Type of Measure Violence against women > Legislation
Form of Violence Domestic violence/Intimate partner violence

Brief Description

The Sexual Offences Act criminalized marital rape. However, this criminalization extends only to certain circumstances, as follows:

Sexual assault by a husband in certain circumstances.

4. (1) A husband commits the offence of sexual assault when he has sexual intercourse with his wife without her consent by force or fear where there is in existence in relation to them -
(i) a decree nisi of divorce; (ii) a decree of judicial separation; iii) a separation agreement; or (iv) an order for the husband not to molest his wife or have sexual intercourse with her.

Full Text

Section 4 of the Sexual Offences Act 1995

Source of Information

Website of the Government of Antigua and Barbuda