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Population size:

38,019 [1]

Number of people experiencing domestic abuse each year:

26% of those surveyed in Liechtenstein responded that they had experienced violence in their own partner relationships at least once.[2]

Cost of domestic abuse to the economy each year:

No research.

Estimated % change due to COVID-19:

No research.

Current law and policy:

Liechtenstein did not join the COMMIT Initiative, but has signed the Istanbul Convention and continues to be committed to developing its laws to protect against domestic violence. Despite this, to date, there is no comprehensive Domestic Violence specific act within Liechtenstein. 

Liechtenstein has committed to pay special attention to ending violence against women, and has already strengthened national legislation with a view to achieving this goal. It has also run a successful government campaign to raise awareness amongst citizens. 

In 2016, Liechtenstein signed the Istanbul Treaty, but it has not yet been ratified. When questioned on this by the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women in 2018, Liechtenstein responded by stating that is was revising its Criminal Code “to conform to the Istanbul Convention in anticipation of its ratification”. 

Liechtenstein has revised existing laws within the Penal Cost and elsewhere to protect against domestic violence, sexual violence, harassment, rape and other crimes. It has also sought to enhance victim protection and improve practical protection measures, as well as cover offences such as stalking and sexual assault within marriages or partnerships. Liechtenstein continues to develop its laws and further expand its legal framework to ensure adequate measures are in place to protect against violence towards women and children. 

Nevertheless, the nation has yet to adopt a comprehensive Violence Against Women Law. 



[1] The World Bank, (1)

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