Anti-Violence Against Women and their Children Act of 2004

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Republic Act No. 9262, cited as Anti-Violence Against Women and their Children Act of 2004, defines "violence against women," provides for protective measures and safeguards for survivor-victims, and prescribes penalties for the commission of the act. It establishes an Inter-Agency Council on Violence Against Women and Their Children tasked to formulate programs to eliminate such acts of violence, as well as to develop capability programs for their employees to become more sensitive to their client's needs. It also recognizes battered woman syndrome as a valid defense, notwithstanding the absence of any of the elements for justifying circumstances of self-defense.

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