France to ban domestic violence via law

14:44, November 26, 2009      

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French Prime Minister announced Wednesday to ban "physical violence within couples" in France during a speech to mark the United Nations' 10th International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

"To materialize the penalty, physical violence within couples will be banned by legislature," Fillon said, promising the legalization by next June.

"It's a considerable step forward. The creation of this offense will allow us to tackle the most insidious situations, the situations that left no visible scars but torture the victim inside," Fillon added.

For now, France is studying a model of electronic bracelet initially used in Spain, which can send out alarms if a violator enters a threatening scope to his former victim.

The Spanish model will be tested in two or three French departments in 2010, said Nadine Morano, French State Secretary for Family.

During 2008 in France, 157 women were killed by their spouses or partners. About 700,000 women encountered violent attacks in recent two years.

Early November, the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) estimated that up to 70 percent of women experience physical or sexual violence from men, among which husbands and intimate partners account for the majority.

Source: Xinhua
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