Iran: Information on the recourse available to the victims of spousal abuse
|Publisher||Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada|
|Author||Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board, Canada|
|Publication Date||1 December 1994|
|Citation / Document Symbol||IRN19097.E|
|Cite as||Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Iran: Information on the recourse available to the victims of spousal abuse, 1 December 1994, IRN19097.E, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/3ae6aadb64.html [accessed 19 May 2013]|
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According to a representative of the Foundation for Iranian Studies in Bethesda, Maryland, there is no specific government or non-government organization that can help the female victims of spousal abuse (19 Dec. 1994). The representative maintains that Iranian law does not provide specific judicial recourse for such victims either. However, they could theoretically file a complaint with the Iranian judiciary as any other victim of abuse could do (ibid.). The source is unaware of specific cases of women filing such complaints.
Response to Information Request IRN16039.E of 27 January 1994 provides information on the above subject. The June 1994 DIRB publication entitled Women in the Islamic Republic of Iran, which provides information on a variety of issues pertaining to Iranian women, including domestic violence, might be useful. Both of these documents are available at your Regional Documentation Centre.
This response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the DIRB within time constraints. This response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum.
Foundation for Iranian Studies, Bethesda, Md. 19 December 1994. Telephone interview with representative.