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Preventing and dealing with Domestic Violence

The Law which provides for the Prevention of Domestic Violence was introduced in 1994 and amended in 2000.

According to Article 3 of the specific legislation that provides for the prevention of domestic violence and for the protection of victims, domestic violence can be an offence or behaviour of a member of a family that causes physical, sexual or psychological damages to another member of the family, including sexual assault and limitation of an individual΄s freedom.

The Minister of Labour and Social Insurance has appointed Social Welfare Officers as Consultants on Family Matters who are responsible to handle cases of reported violence.

An act of violence against children and adults can be reported to a Consultant on Family matters or any Social Welfare Officer in a District Social Welfare Office. People who report an act of violence may maintain their anonymity.

  • Physical assult.
  • Sexual abuse.
  • Psychological abuse.
  • Statistical Information on Domestic Violence.
  • Statistical Information on child abuse.

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