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Legal reforms on domestic violence reinforce protections for Latvian women.

Latvia rose 13 places and now stands just outside the top 20. This boost was steered mainly by legal reforms and recent amendments to the criminal code that broadened definitions of domestic violence and included psychological abuse. Latvia also launched the 2018–20 Plan for Safeguarding Women’s and Men’s Equal Opportunities and Rights. Yet gaps remain. For example, while Latvian law criminalizes marital rape, at least as of 2016 no cases had been prosecuted.