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Junta de Andalucía updates and toughens law on domestic violence

  • From now on the definition of what constitutes violence will be broadened to include sexual assault, harassment and exploitation; genital mutilation; forced marriage; cyberbullying and cultural traditions

The Junta de Andalucía regional government agreed this week to update domestic violence laws to bring them into line with national and EU standards as well as introducing some new, tougher measures of its own.

Among the new features are the inclusion of old or disabled persons who are in the care of an abused woman as potential victims of domestic violence, as well as her children. From now on the definition of what constitutes violence will be broadened to include sexual assault, harassment and exploitation; genital mutilation; forced marriage; cyberbullying and cultural traditions.

A woman's right to receive support and counselling without having reported any offence is also guaranteed.