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Sexual & Reproductive Rights and Gender-Based Violence in Latin America


This section provides suggested resources to assist with researching gender-based violence in El Salvador, including its manifestation through criminal and civil laws restricting reproductive rights. 

Starting Points

Below are some selected reports and other secondary sources on gender-based violence in El Salvador that can be used as starting points for research on this issue. 

NGO Reports

Most NGO websites allow you to browse content by topic or by country. If the search function on a website is not working well, you can use Google Advanced to run targeted searches across a particular website (e.g., or domain (e.g., .edu, .org, .gov).


Use NUsearch, our library catalog, to search for books. You can log into the catalog ("Sign in") to request books for pick-up at the law library. If you are working remotely this semester, you may request chapter scans using the Scan & Deliver Request Form.

Legal System

El Salvador has a civil law system. Countries with civil law systems have comprehensive, continuously updated written legal codes designed to address an entire area of activity, such as criminal law, civil procedure, or commerce. Judicial decisions do not have precedential value. 

Research Guides

These research guides are useful starting points for understanding El Salvador's legal system and well as the sources of law in El Salvador. These guides include links to recommended online resources that provide access to legal materials from El Salvador. 


The current constitution of El Salvador was enacted in 1983 and was most recently amended and revised in 2014.

National Laws

Legal materials from El Salvador are available through government websites and free resources, but are typically only in Spanish. Laws and cases from El Salvador are not available on Westlaw or Lexis. 

El Salvador's Abortion Provisions

An unofficial English translation of El Salvador's abortion provisions, Penal Code (1997), Legislative Decree 1030 of April 26, 1997, Chapter II, Articles 133 - 137, is available here. This translation was provided by the Center for Reproductive Rights.

Current Codes (in Spanish)

  • Código Penal (Penal Code) (click on "Archive" tab to view full text)
  • Código Civil (Civil Code) (click on "Archive" tab to view full text)

Databases and Resources

In addition to checking the databases and websites from El Salvador above to find the foreign legal materials you need, subject-specific collections of laws, which collect laws from various countries pertaining to a particular subject, can be useful resources to incorporate into your research process. These resources often have better search capabilities than foreign government websites. For additional suggestions for subject law collections beyond the selected databases listed below, see the GlobaLex Foreign Law - Subject Law Collections on the Web research guide