Greater Protection For Victims Of Domestic Abuse To Be Implemented In The EU

I have recently read an article in Family Law Weekly which stated that 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.Ultimately this will result in citizens (in most cases women) who have suffered domestic violence will be able to rely on a restraining order obtained in their home country, wherever they are in the European Union.  Essentially the protection of the order will be with them when they travel in Europe.

I understand that the European Justice Commissioner has stated that

“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 legislation remains in a draft form and the next process will be for it to be passed for formal adoption to the Council in June.  Following the adoption of the regulation the same will be implemented.

This will no doubt provide further re-assurance to victims who will be able to travel in the safe knowledge that they are protected.

Gill Carr

About Gill Carr

Gill Carr is an Associate Solicitor within the Family department at Forbes Solicitors. Gill’s blogs cover his specialisms of child protection, acting for both parents and children together with family members. Gill also advises and comments upon forced marriage, divorce, separation, child arrangements and financial matters. Gill writes about current legislation and case law relating to family law.
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