Committee Against Torture: Portugal

CAT session 051 (2013)

(23 December 2013, CAT/C/PRT/CO/5-6, Concluding observations on fifth/sixth report, para. 17)

"The Committee welcomes the legislative and other measures aimed at preventing and combating domestic violence (para. 5 (e) above), including the criminalization of domestic violence and corporal punishment of children under article 152 of the Criminal Code and the adoption of the Fourth National Action Plan against Domestic Violence (2011–2013)..."

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CAT session 039 (2007)

(19 February 2008, CAT/C/PRT/CO/4, Concluding observations on fourth report, para. 15)

"The Committee is concerned about reports received of numerous cases of domestic violence affecting women and children, as well as a high number of deaths among women due to such violence. Moreover, the Committee is deeply concerned at the Supreme Court decision of 5 April 2006, according to which ‘moderate corporal punishment of a minor by a duly entitled person for solely appropriate educational purposes is not illegal’ in the family context (art. 16).

The State party should strengthen its efforts to establish a national strategy to prevent and combat domestic violence against women and children. It should take the necessary legislative measures to prohibit corporal punishment of children in the family. The State party should: guarantee that women and children who have been victims of violence have access to complaints mechanisms; punish the perpetrators of these acts in an appropriate manner; and facilitate the physical and psychological rehabilitation of the victims.

The State party should also ensure that public law enforcement agents receive ongoing and targeted training on the issue of violence against women and children."

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