In 2008, Jordan adopted the Law on Protection from Domestic Violence (No. 6). The law, which was heavily amended in 2017, does not mention the concept of gender-based violence. In general, it can be regarded as a protective law, as it provides for restraining orders to be issued against the abuser and protection measures to be taken immediately in cases of domestic violence. The law, also, presents some major shortcomings, including the failure to criminalize forms of violence such as restrictions on women’s freedom and choices, economic abuse, psychological violence, and marital rape and the exclusion of former spouses and non-married intimate partners from the definition of “family members”.
In this document, EuroMed Rigts provides a brief overview of the existing legal, judicial and political frameworks in Jordan to fight violence against women. It also provides number of recommendations in this matter.
This platform is part of the Axis 1 "Strengthening the capacities of equality actors" of the Priority Solidarity Fund "Women for the future in the Mediterranean" funded by the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs and led by the European Institute of the Mediterranean, in the framework of the project “Developing Women's Empowerment” labelled by the Union for the Mediterranean.