Country Marshall Islands
Year 2018
Type of Measure Violence against women > Legislation
Form of Violence Domestic violence/Intimate partner violence

Brief Description

The Domestic Prevention and Protection Act (Amended) of 2018 was passed as an amendment to the Domestic Violence Prevention and Protection Act of 2011. In addition to extensively discussing the application of protection orders for the security of victims as well as provisions of emergency assistance to them, the Act is also responsible for the establishment of the Domestic Violence Prevention and Protection Fund. The law was amended to update sexual assault laws; expanded the definition of rape to include a broadened definition of sexual assault penetration and removal of the exception to rape for forced sex with a marital partner. Additionally, the law provides different degrees of sexual assault. It also recognized non-consensual sexual contact without penetration as sexual assault.

Source of Information

Marshall Islands's submission for National Review for Implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action, Beijing+25, 2019, p.19, p.24 and p.54-55