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

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

EU-wide protection for victims of domestic violence is going to become law after the European Parliament today’s vote 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.

Today’s vote in the European Parliament follows a political agreement between the European Parliament and Council of Ministers at a so-called trilogue meeting in February.

The draft Regulation will now pass to the Council for formal adoption, expected at the meeting of European Justice Ministers on 6-7 June.

 

Read more: http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_MEMO-13-449_en.htm