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hail Domestic Violence Bill
July 12, 2006
the index of articles on the debate around the Domestic Violence
yesterday hailed the Domestic
Violence Bill, saying the proposed law would help curb domestic
violence which has resulted in deaths or serious injuries to many
people in the country.
Project director Ms Ednah Bhala said the provisions of the Bill
were comprehensive enough to deal with domestic violence.
comprehensive enough as it defines domestic violence in a manner
that caters for all forms of domestic violence. The effectiveness
of the proposed law will depend on its implementation," she
There was need,
Ms Bhala said, for the police and judiciary officers to be well
versed in domestic violence issues to ensure effective implementation
of the proposed legislation.
the envisaged setting up of the Anti-Domestic Violence Committee,
saying this was crucial for rendering support to victims of domestic
are a lot of cases of domestic violence that are going unreported
and we welcome the Bill for making provisions in which anyone can
report to the police cases of domestic violence," Ms Bhala
were echoed by Women's
Action Group (WAG) director Ms Edinah Musiyiwa, who said the
proposed law was long overdue.
to the provisions of the Bill as it provides a framework of dealing
with gender-based violence which is on the increase," he said.
were finding it difficult to get recourse on domestic violence which
was treated as a private affair."
Women Lawyers' Association (ZWLA) has also hailed the Bill,
saying it would reinforce the traditional values of the family unit.
The Bill, that
was gazetted last week, seeks to widen the scope of domestic violence
to include physical, sexual, emotional, verbal, psychological and
economic abuse as well as intimidation, harassment and stalking.
It also includes
damage to property, entry into complainants house without consent
where the parties do not share the same residence and depriving
the complainant of a reasonable share of the use of facilities associated
with his or her place of residence.
legislation makes it mandatory for every police station to have
a section to deal with domestic violence matters and also places
a legal duty on the police to assist victims.
It comes in
the wake of recent concerns by parliamentarians on the escalation
of domestic violence cases in the country.
has over the years seen the victimisation of mostly women by men,
who have traditionally occupied centres of power in society.
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