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The role of the criminal justice system in combating violence against women and girls

States must take measures to protect women and girls from violence, to prosecute acts of violence, and to prevent further acts of violence. This is the due diligence obligation under international law. Specifically articulated in the United Nations Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women, States are required to exercise due diligence to prevent, investigate and, in accordance with national legislation, punish acts of violence against women whether those actions are perpetrated by the State or by private persons. If a State fails to act, it has violated its international obligations.

Related Subject(s): Drugs Crime and Terrorism
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