Domestic and Sexual Violence in Haiti: Insufficient Remedies, Inadequate Response

A woman in the Petionville Camp at the edge of Port au Prince, Haiti, is interviewed by police officials after lodging a domestic violence complaint against her husband. Copyright: Paul Jeffrey

A woman in the Petionville Camp at the edge of Port au Prince, Haiti, is interviewed by police officials after lodging a domestic violence complaint against her husband.
Copyright: Paul Jeffrey

By Josh Doherty, Visiting Focus Blogger

Like many countries across the world, Haiti suffers from an epidemic of domestic and sexual violence. Although some efforts have been undertaken to reduce vulnerabilities within the IDP camps, and a number of initiatives have been proposed for the country as a whole, intimate partner violence continues to affect a significant proportion of the population.  This post will briefly summarize the current understanding of the scope of the problem of domestic and sexual violence in Haiti, lay out the legal framework currently in place in Haiti to address domestic violence, and highlight a number of key areas that have been identified for improvement. 

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