Domestic violence

If you have been the victim of violence perpetrated by someone you live with, or if you have witnessed such violence being inflicted on someone close to you, contact the Police immediately or go to the police station of your choice.

You will be looked after by competent police officers who are well trained in this area. Where possible, women will be seen by a female officer.

All physical and/or psychological harm is punishable by law; if a person is threatened or mistreated by someone close to them whom they live with, the Police can evict the perpetrator from the home on the basis of indicative evidence and with the authorisation of the State Prosecutor (Law of 8 September 2003 on domestic violence).

For the entire duration of the eviction order, the evicted person is prohibited from entering the home or its outbuildings, and will face criminal penalties if they do. The Police confiscate the keys to the home and its outbuildings from the evicted person.

The Domestic violence victim support service created within the framework of the law on domestic violence contacts victims to inform them of their rights and the possible actions they can take, and offers support and advice.

Alongside the eviction process, the Prosecutor's Office decides what subsequent steps will be taken in domestic violence cases. It can issue a direct summons for the perpetrator of the violence to appear before the criminal court, open a judicial investigation against them, or drop the criminal case - with or without a written warning to the perpetrator. No criminal mediation can take place, however.

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