The Constitution of Hungary contains several provisions that prohibit discrimination on the basis of gender. Article 66 guarantees equality between women and men, and Article 70(A) prohibits discrimination on the basis of a number of grounds, including gender. The Parliamentary Commissioner and the Deputy Commissioner for Civil Rights (‘ombudsman’) are responsible for investigating or initiating the investigation of cases involving a breach of constitutional rights. Individuals may file an oral or written complaint alleging a violation of their constitutional rights or the threat of such violation, providing the complainant has exhausted all possible legal remedies or that no legal remedies exist.

In its 2003 Country Report on Human Rights and Practices, the U.S. Department of State reported that domestic violence was common. Nevertheless, few victims came forward, and those who did received little help from the authorities. Under Act 34 of 1994 on the Police, the police have legal authorization to aid victims of domestic violence.

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