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Given under our Hand this 25th Day of July, BE 2550 (2007);
Being the 62nd Year of our Reign.

His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej is graciously pleased to proclaim that:

Whereas it is desirable to bring into existence a law on protection of domestic violence victims;

Be it enacted by the King's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the National Legislative Assembly, as follows:

Section 1

This Act shall be cited as the "Domestic Violence Victim Protection Act, BE 2550 (2007)".

Section 2

This Act shall come into force upon elapse of ninety days from the date of its publication in the Government Gazette.[1]

Section 3

In this Act:

  • "Domestic violence" means any act done with the intention to or in the manner likely to cause harm to the body, mind or health of a family member or to exert coercion or immoral influence over a family member in order to wrongfully cause him to do, not to do or yield to any act, but not including an act done negligently;
  • "Family member" means a spouse, a former spouse, a person cohabiting or having cohabited with another husband and wife without civil marriage, a child, an adopted child, a member of a household, as well as any person counting on and living in a family;
  • "Court" means a juvenile and family court under the law on establishment of juvenile and family courts and procedure thereof;
  • "Relief money" means preliminary compensation for the loss of any money or property incurred by a domestic violence victim in consequence of domestic violence, including the loss of earnings, medical expenses, expenses for new residence and other necessary expenses;
  • "Psychologist" means a psychologist under the Code of Criminal Procedure;
  • "Social worker" means a social worker under the Code of Criminal Procedure;
  • "Competent authority" means a person authorised by the Minister to execute this Act and includes an administrative or police officer under the Code of Criminal Procedure;
  • "Inquirer" means a competent authority authorised as a judicial police officer under the Code of Criminal Procedure by the Minister; prescribed that in any locality for want of a competent officer authorised by the Minister, a judicial police officer under the Code of Criminal Procedure shall become an inquirer under this Act;
  • "Minister" means the Minister in charge of this Act.