We are starting a new parliamentary session in which I want us to work together to ensure that we represent the interests of the ones who have sent us to the Parliament, the Romanian citizens, as best as possible.
“You are not a woman”, “I didn’t make you crazy, that dead mother of yours did”, “I am disgusted by you, I don’t know how I could have had a child with you”, “Fuck off”, “I’ll call you crazy and take your child”, “You’re a piece of trash”. These are the words that hundreds, even thousands of Romanian women hear every day from their partners, the same people with whom they should be in a partnership and form a family which would constitute the appropriate environment for raising a child.
Violence against women is a sore point for the Romanian society. I say that not only thinking of domestic violence statistics but also of news regarding physically and sexually abused young women. Their abusers are recidivists or multi-recidivists released on the base of compensatory appeal. Women are not the only victims. The case of the crime in Mediaș is known to all of us. This is the reason for which I think we must direct all our attention on the remediation of the situation that led us here.
Regarding domestic violence, in the first 11 months of 2018, according to the Romanian Police, an average of 100 domestic violence cases have been recorded every day. The majority of victims were women. Moreover, police representatives found that just in the 10 days following the entry into force of the law that allows police officers to issue provisional protective orders on the spot and to extract the aggressor from the house, 150 such documents were released.
Beyond the statistics and the concern they provoke, there are also elements that indicate an improvement in the situation: more and more women are choosing to speak and seek the support of the authorities.
To admit that they live in a situation which can put their physical and psychological integrity in danger is not enough. Women who are victims of domestic violence must leave the environment they are in. Most times they need real support to gain their independence, especially from a financial point of view. Adopting measures to help them integrate into the labor market, as well as outlining a support system made up of specialists who provide counseling to overcome the trauma they have gone through, are essential for the victims of domestic violence to be able to become active citizens again. This would ensure they will add value to the communities they belong to.
I am counting on you, dear colleagues, to ensure that we will contribute together, through coherent public politics, for the change that will bring us closer to a safe, functional society. A society that ensures equal opportunities for all citizens. Thank you!