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Wednesday, March 29, 2023

Draft law aims at better protection of domestic violence victims

Updated: 15:13’ - 17/11/2021
The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (MOCST) is now gathering expert and public opinions on a draft law on domestic violation prevention and control, which is designed to replace the current Law issued in 2007.

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According to the MOCST, the revised law would focus on three major issues: measures for preventing domestic violence and better protecting domestic violence victims; mechanism for cooperation in, and conditions for, domestic violence prevention and control work; and mobilization of social resources for domestic violence prevention and control activities.

Under the 80-article draft, domestic violence victims would have the right to ask for respect, protection and support from their family members and the society. They would be provided with temporary shelters together with food, clothing and other essentials as well as access to healthcare, and psychological and legal counseling services. During the settlement of family conflicts and disputes and handling of domestic violence cases, personal secrets and information relating to rights and obligations of concerned parties must be kept confidential. Victims may also ask authorities to impose restriction or prohibition of contact and apply other measures to protect their health, life, dignity, and lawful rights and interests. Domestic violence victims who fall into disadvantaged circumstances may be provided with other supports, e.g., vocational training, job placement and soft loans.

In order to prevent violent acts, the draft says that when detecting domestic violence acts, people are obliged to request perpetrators to immediately stop their acts and, at the same time, report the cases to authorities and take victims to the nearest medical facilities, if necessary.

The draft also underlines that the State would prioritize the allocation of resources for community-based domestic violence prevention and control activities and concurrently encourage organizations and individuals to provide financial supports for the development of domestic violence victim assistance facilities. Non-public facilities would be entitled to preferential policies in the fields of culture-sports and education and training.

The draft law is scheduled to be passed by the 15th National Assembly at its 4th session.- (VLLF)

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