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EU-wide protection order goes ahead 23/05/2013 Victims of violence will soon be able to count on EU-wide protection, after the European Parliament voted to endorse the European Commission's proposal for an EU-wide protection order

EU-wide protection order goes ahead

Victims of violence, in particular domestic violence, will soon be able to count on EU-wide protection, after the European Parliament voted to endorse the European Commission's proposal for an EU-wide protection order.

The new regulation will mean that citizens 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.

The draft Regulation will now pass to the Council for formal adoption, expected at the meeting of European Justice Ministers in June.

The Commission proposed the Regulation on mutual recognition of protection measures in civil matters as part of a package of measures to improve victims’ rights.

The Victims Directive – which sets out minimum rights for crime victims wherever they are in the EU – is already in the European statute book. Both instruments will also complement the European Protection Order of 13th December 2011, which ensures free circulation of criminal law protection measures throughout Europe.
 

 

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