Domestic Violence as defined in the Protection Against Domestic Violence Act (PADV) 2015 is any form of violence against a person, threat of violence or imminent danger to that person, by any other person with whom that person is, or has been, in a domestic relationship.

For years in Kenya, domestic violence has been meted out on men, women and children and there was no specific legislation on such a crime. In May 2015, the PADV Act was accented to and its commencement date was June 2015. This legislation is historical because it is the only legislation in Kenya that solely addresses violence within the family set up. (read more)

On 30th July 2015, the gender forum in Nairobi sought to discuss this relatively new legislation and provide awareness to the public on its contents. Hon (Justice) Nancy Baraza began by giving the justification for the Act. She stated that by enacting this legislation, Kenya was not only fulfilling international conventions that protect individuals against violence, Kenya was also implementing its Constitution as stated in Articles 10, 28, 29, 43 and 45.

The journey toward achieving this legislation was a long and protracted one which involved cooperation within the civil society and members of parliament. The law was perceived as challenging patriarchal power in society and as such some male MPs were against it. However, as Grace Mbugua, Executive Director WEL indicated, lobbying for the Act was successful in the end.

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