President George Manneh Weah has signed into law the Domestic Violence Act (DVA) following its passage recently by the Legislature.
On July 19, the Liberian Senate concurred with the House of Representatives in passing the Act which was introduced during former President Ellen Johnson – Sirleaf’s term during the 53rd Legislature.
The Executive Mansion says in a press statement issued Wednesday, 14 July that the law comes into full force when printed into handbills by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
It adds that the signing of the DVA into law by the President comes amid growing violence against women and children and entrenched gender inequality practices.
By and large, the law will promote gender equality, women and children protection, among other things.
The Act makes domestic violence, which includes physical or mental abuse, sexual abuse, neglect, and exploitation, a serious crime against the individual and society.
Appending his signature, President Weah hailed stakeholders and foreign partners, as well as the Legislature, for efforts put into developing the Domestic Violence Bill which has now become law.
He says the days of domestic violence perpetrators are numbered because the DVA will be fully and appropriately enforced under his leadership.–Press release