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Argentina: Information on spousal abuse

Publisher Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada
Author Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board, Canada
Publication Date 1 February 1997
Citation / Document Symbol ARG26125.E
Cite as Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Argentina: Information on spousal abuse, 1 February 1997, ARG26125.E, available at: [accessed 12 December 2017]
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Please find attached a few documents that add to the information provided in Responses to Information Requests ARG15796.E of 23 November 1993 and ARG22542.E of 5 January 1996.

Please note that the attachments from the Boletin Red Contra La Violencia include the original text in Spanish and their summarized English translation found in the publication. However, the Spanish text provides more details than the translation. For example, the October 1996 article mentions the establishment of a Centro Municipal de la Mujer in Buenos Aires on 8 March 1996 which includes a team that provides abused women with psychological assistance, legal counselling, self-help groups, body therapy and training courses (p. 12). The  July 1996 issue cites the speaker of the Argentine network Against Sexual and Domestic Violence (Red Argentina Contra la Violencia Domestica y Sexual) as saying that law 24,417 on protection against family violence of November 1994 should be regulated to provide, among other things, acknowledgement and support to the organizations that educate and represent women who are victims of violence (p. 11). The January 1995 issue reports that, according to this new law, a judge can order the aggressor out of the home and away from the home, study or workplace of the victim (p. 10). The judge can also call for a mediation hearing (ibid.). This last point has been criticized by two female lawyers cited in the article, on the argument that it places the aggressor on the same level as the victim (ibid..). The lawyers also criticized the lack of non-penal provisions (such as mandatory courses for the aggressor) and the lack of written provisions for penalizing non-compliance with judge's restraint orders like the ones mentioned earlier in this paragraph (ibid.).

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.


Boletin Red Contra La Violencia [Santiago]. October 1996. No. 13. Santiago: Isis Internacional.

_____. July 1996. No. 12. Santiago: Isis Internacional.

_____. October 1995. No. 11. Santiago: Isis Internacional.


Boletin Red Contra La Violencia [Santiago]. 13 October 1996. Santiago: Isis Internacional, pp. 12, 21.

_____. July 1996. No. 12. Santiago: Isis Internacional, pp. 11, 20.

_____. October 1995. No. 11. Santiago: Isis Internacional, pp. 10-11, 19.

Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 1996: Argentina-Women. 30 January 1997. Washington, DC: U. S. Department of State. (Sharenet)

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