Kazakhstan: New Laws Strengthen Penalties for Domestic Violence and Enhance Victim Protection
Friday, June 21, 2024 10:35 AM

On April 15, President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev signed a new law to increase penalties for violence against women and children, including the reintroduction of criminal liability for minor assaults and intentional harm. Advocates for these changes emphasize the importance of mandatory psychological correction for perpetrators and provisions allowing courts to temporarily restrict perpetrators from living with victims. Supporters of the new law further highlight the role of human rights advocates and NGOs in pushing for these amendments since 2019, noting the murder of Saltanat Nukenova, a domestic violence victim, as a pivotal moment inciting change. The new law further aims to change societal norms by educating the public on recognizing violence as a criminal offense and ensuring proper support for victims.

Compiled from: Aiman Nakispekova, "Kazakhstan Takes Bold Step Toward Zero Tolerance for Violence Against Women", The Astana Times, Jun. 18, 2024.