key3

Countries with legislation
against marital rape

key1

Commonwealth countries

key2

Non-commonwealth countries

key3

Countries with legislation
against marital rape

key1

Commonwealth countries

key2

Non-commonwealth countries

null

Countries with legislation against marital rape

null

Commonwealth countries

null

Non-Commonwealth countries

Long road to justice

Long road to justice

*Dates given are when legislation passed
  • 1976 – 1986
    key3

    Countries with legislation
    against marital rape

    key1

    Commonwealth countries

    key2

    Non-commonwealth countries

    key3

    Countries with legislation
    against marital rape

    key1

    Commonwealth countries

    key2

    Non-commonwealth countries

    null

    Countries with legislation against marital rape

    null

    Commonwealth countries

    null

    Non-Commonwealth countries

    null

    1976

    State of South, Australia

    Criminal Law Consolidation Act 1976.

    null

    1981

    State of New South Wales, Australia

    Crimes (Sexual Assault) Amendment 1981

    null

    1982

    Canada

    Criminal Law Amendment Act 1982 C-125. Reformed in Criminal Code 1985.

    null

    1985

    State of Victoria, Australia

    Crimes (Amendment) Act 1985.

    null

    1985

    State of Western, Australia

    Criminal Code Amendment Act No.3 1976.

    null

    1985

    New Zealand

    Crimes Amendment Act No. 3 1985. Reformed in Crimes (Amendment) Act No. 39 of 2003.

    null
    1976

    State of South Australia, Australia

    Criminal Law Consolidation Act 1976

    null
    1981

    State of New South Wales, Australia

    Crimes (Sexual Assault) Amendment 1981

    null
    1982

    Canada

    Criminal Law Amendment Act 1982 C-125. Reformed in Criminal Code 1985

    null
    1985

    State of Victoria, Australia

    Crimes (Amendment) Act 1985

    null
    1985

    State of Western Australia, Australia

    Criminal Code Amendment Act No.3 1976

    null
    1985

    New Zealand

    Crimes Amendment Act No. 3 1985. Reformed in Crimes (Amendment) Act No. 39 of 2003

  • 1987 – 1999
    key3

    Countries with legislation
    against marital rape

    key1

    Commonwealth countries

    key2

    Non-commonwealth countries

    key3

    Countries with legislation
    against marital rape

    key1

    Commonwealth countries

    key2

    Non-commonwealth countries

    null

    Countries with legislation against marital rape

    null

    Commonwealth countries

    null

    Non-Commonwealth countries

    null

    1987

    State of Tasmania, Australia

    Criminal Code Amendment (Sexual Offences) Act 1987.

    null

    1989

    State of Queensland, Australia

    Criminal Code, Evidence Act and Other Acts Amendment Act 1989.

    null

    1993

    South Africa

    Prevention of Family Violence Act No. 133 of 1993, Domestic Relations Act No. 166 of 1998.

    null

    1994

    Northern Territory, Australia

    Criminal Code Amendment Act No. 11.

    null
    1987

    State of Tasmania, Australia

    Criminal Code Amendment (Sexual Offences) Act 1987

    null
    1989

    State of Queensland, Australia

    Criminal Code, Evidence Act and Other Acts Amendment Act 1989

    null
    1993

    South Africa

    Prevention of Family Violence Act No. 133 of 1993, Domestic Relations Act No. 166 of 1998

    null
    1994

    Northern Territory, Australia

    Criminal Code Amendment Act No. 11

  • 2000 – 2002
    key3

    Countries with legislation
    against marital rape

    key1

    Commonwealth countries

    key2

    Non-commonwealth countries

    key3

    Countries with legislation
    against marital rape

    key1

    Commonwealth countries

    key2

    Non-commonwealth countries

    null

    Countries with legislation against marital rape

    null

    Commonwealth countries

    null

    Non-Commonwealth countries

    null

    2000

    Republic of Cyprus

    The Violence in the Family (Prevention and Protection of Victims). Law 119(I) of 2000 and 212(I) of 2004 (Consolidated legislation – L.119(I)/2000 and Law 212(I)/2004).

    null

    2000

    Trinidad and Tobago

    Sexual Offences (Amendment) Act No. 31 of 2000.

    null

    2000

    Namibia

    Combating Rape Act No. 8 of 2000.

    null

    2001

    Zimbabwe

    Sexual Offences Act No. 8 of 2001.

    null

    2002

    Papua New Guinea

    Criminal Code (Sexual Offences and Crimes against Children) Act No. 27 of 2002.

    null
    2000

    Republic of Cyprus

    The Violence in the Family (Prevention and Protection of Victims). Law 119(I) of 2000 and 212(I) of 2004 (Consolidated legislation – L.119(I)/2000 and Law 212(I)/2004)

    null
    2000

    Trinidad and Tobago

    Sexual Offences (Amendment) Act No. 31 of 2000

    null
    2000

    Namibia

    Combating Rape Act No. 8 of 2000

    null
    2001

    Zimbabwe

    Sexual Offences Act No. 8 of 2001

    null
    2002

    Papua New Guinea

    Criminal Code (Sexual Offences and Crimes against Children) Act No. 27 of 2002

  • 2003 – 2010
    key3

    Countries with legislation
    against marital rape

    key1

    Commonwealth countries

    key2

    Non-commonwealth countries

    key3

    Countries with legislation
    against marital rape

    key1

    Commonwealth countries

    key2

    Non-commonwealth countries

    null

    Countries with legislation against marital rape

    null

    Commonwealth countries

    null

    Non-Commonwealth countries

    null

    2003

    United Kingdom

    Sexual Offences Act 2003.

    null

    2003

    Lesotho

    Sexual Offences Act No. 29 of 2003.

    null

    2007

    Ghana

    Domestic Violence Act 2007 (Act No. 732).

    null

    2008

    Rwanda

    Criminal Code Amendment Act No.3 1976.

    null

    2009

    Fiji

    Crimes Decree No. 44 of 2009.

    null

    2010

    Guyana

    Sexual Offences Act No. 7 of 2010.

    null
    2003

    United Kingdom

    Sexual Offences Act 2003

    null
    2003

    Lesotho

    Sexual Offences Act No. 29 of 2003

    null
    2007

    Ghana

    Domestic Violence Act 2007 (Act No. 732)

    null
    2008

    Rwanda

    Law No. 59/2008 on the Prevention and Punishment of Gender-Based Violence

    null
    2009

    Fiji

    Crimes Decree No. 44 of 2009

    null
    2010

    Guyana

    Sexual Offences Act No. 7 of 2010

  • 2011 – 2013
    key3

    Countries with legislation
    against marital rape

    key1

    Commonwealth countries

    key2

    Non-commonwealth countries

    key3

    Countries with legislation
    against marital rape

    key1

    Commonwealth countries

    key2

    Non-commonwealth countries

    null

    Countries with legislation against marital rape

    null

    Commonwealth countries

    null

    Non-Commonwealth countries

    null

    2011

    Zambia

    Anti Gender-Based Violence Act No. 1 of 2011.

    null

    2012

    Sierra Loene

    Sexual Offences Act No. 12 of 2012.

    null

    2012

    Grenada

    Criminal Code (Amendment) Act No. 29 of 2012.

    null

    2013

    Tonga

    Family Protection Act No. 19 2013.

    null

    2013

    Samoa

    Crimes Act 2013.

    null
    2011

    Zambia

    Anti Gender-Based Violence Act No. 1 of 2011

    null
    2012

    Sierra Leone

    Sexual Offences Act No. 12 of 2012

    null
    2012

    Grenada

    Criminal Code (Amendment) Act No. 29 of 2012

    null
    2012

    Tonga

    Family Protection Act No. 19 2013

    null
    2013

    Samoa

    Crimes Act 2013

  • 2014 – 2015
    key3

    Countries with legislation
    against marital rape

    key1

    Commonwealth countries

    key2

    Non-commonwealth countries

    key3

    Countries with legislation
    against marital rape

    key1

    Commonwealth countries

    key2

    Non-commonwealth countries

    null

    Countries with legislation against marital rape

    null

    Commonwealth countries

    null

    Non-Commonwealth countries

    null

    2014

    Kiribati

    Te Rau N Te Mwenga Act (Family Peace Act) No. 1 of 2014.

    null

    2014

    Mozambique

    Lei No. 35/2014 (Penal Code Amendment).

    null

    2015

    Malawi

    Marriage, Divorce and Family Relations Act 2015.

    null

    2015

    Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

    Domestic Violence Act No. 7 of 2015.

    null

    2015

    Kenya

    Protection Against Domestic Violence Act No.2 2015.

     

    null
    2014

    Kiribati

    Te Rau N Te Mwenga Act (Family Peace Act) No. 1 of 2014

    null
    2014

    Mozambique

    Lei No. 35/2014 (Penal Code Amendment)

    null
    2015

    Malawi

    Marriage, Divorce and Family Relations Act 2015

    null
    2015

    Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

    Domestic Violence Act No. 7 of 2015

    null
    2015

    Kenya

    Protection Against Domestic Violence Act No.2 2015

  • 2016 – Present
    key3

    Countries with legislation
    against marital rape

    key1

    Commonwealth countries

    key2

    Non-commonwealth countries

    key3

    Countries with legislation
    against marital rape

    key1

    Commonwealth countries

    key2

    Non-commonwealth countries

    null

    Countries with legislation against marital rape

    null

    Commonwealth countries

    null

    Non-Commonwealth countries

    null

    2016

    Mauritius

    Protection from Domestic Violence (Amendment) Act No. 10 of 2016.

    null

    2016

    Malta

    The Laws of Malta Chapter 9: Criminal Code 2016 and Chapter 581: Gender-Based Violence and Domestic Violence Act 2018.

    null

    2016

    Dominica

    Sexual Offences (Amendment) Act No.9 of 2016.

    null

    2016

    Solomon Islands

    Penal Code (Amendment) (Sexual Offences) Act No.3 of 2016.

    null

    2016

    Nauru

    Crimes Act No. 18 2016.

    null

    2018

    eSwatini

    Sexual Offence and Domestic Violence Act No.15 of 2018.

    null
    2016

    Mauritius

    Protection from Domestic Violence (Amendment) Act No. 10 of 2016

    null
    2016

    Malta

    The Laws of Malta Chapter 9: Criminal Code 2016 and Chapter 581: Gender-Based Violence and Domestic Violence Act 2018

    null
    2016

    Dominica

    Sexual Offences (Amendment) Act No.9 of 2016

    null
    2016

    Solomon Islands

    Penal Code (Amendment) (Sexual Offences) Act No.3 of 2016

    null
    2016

    Nauru

    Crimes Act No. 18 2016

    null
    2018

    eSwatini

    Sexual Offence and Domestic Violence Act No.15 of 2018

null

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