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May 26

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EU – EU-wide protection for victims of domestic violence to become law

Draft regulation should be adopted by Council of Ministers in June

The European Parliament has voted with an overwhelming majority (602 votes in favour, 23 against, 63 abstentions) to endorse the European Commission’s proposal for an EU-wide protection order. The new regulation will mean that citizens (in most cases women) who have suffered domestic violence can rely on a restraining order obtained in their home country wherever they are in the EU: the protection will travel with the citizens. In practice, the EU law will benefit women in particular: around one in five women in Europe have suffered physical violence at least once in their life, according to surveys.

Vice-President Viviane Reding, EU’s Justice Commissioner, said:

“An estimated 1 in 5 women in Europe suffer some kind of violence at least once in their lives. Sadly, the most common form of physical violence is inflicted by someone close to the woman, usually an intimate partner. Thanks to the European Protection order, victims of domestic violence can breathe a sigh of relief: they will be able to rely on a restraining order obtained in their home country wherever they are in the Union. The protection will travel with the citizens. This is a tangible example of how the EU is helping to reinforce the rights of victims all over Europe.”

The draft Regulation will now pass to the Council for formal adoption, expected at the meeting of European Justice Ministers in June. Once the Regulation is adopted and published in the EU’s Official Journal (the EU’s Statute Book), the focus will move to implementation and ensuring that Members States put in place both the Regulation and the Directive on victims’ rights so that victims of crime and victims of violence can benefit from protection in their everyday lives.

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SOURCE: Family Law Week

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