Uganda: Domestic Violence Cases Soar

Female judges are concerned about the increasing cases of domestic violence despite the existence of the law to support prosecution of such cases.

The judges under the National Association of Women Judges-Uganda (NAWJU) blamed the escalating cases of gender-based domestic violence on limited knowledge of the law key players for example, judges, lawyers, victims and police.

The president of the association, Stella Arach Amoko said their recent study revealed that although judges and magistrates knew about the existence of the law against domestic violence that was passed in 2010; they did not possess copies of the legislation.

“Our research has revealed that some judges and magistrates do not have access to this law while others do not care and they take such cases to be women issues,” Arach who is the Supreme Court judge designate said.

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