Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Japan joins community of nations devastated by family violence laws
It also calls for the use of prefectural government counseling centers to shelter victims of domestic violence, the sources said.
The draft bill, which was drawn up by a team of Diet members headed by Liberal Democratic Party member Chieko Noono, is aimed at preventing domestic violence against women and protecting the victims.
"Spouses" as defined in the draft bill would include partners in de facto relationships with the women in addition to husbands from legally recognized marriages.
On receiving complaints from victims, courts would prohibit offenders from acting in a violent or abusive manner toward the victims, contacting them face-to-face, by telephone or any other means, or from approaching them for a period of up to six months.
If necessary, the restraining order could be extended for an additional six months, according to the draft bill.
The team is currently deliberating whether violators of the law should be imprisoned or fined.
Counseling centers for women, which the group would like to play a central role in preventing domestic violence, would be able to provide the medical and psychological assistance needed to restore the mental and physical health of domestic-violence victims and provide them with temporary shelter.