International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

All over the world, from November 25 to December 10, actions are being organized for 6 days of activism against violence against women.

In Romania, the number of victims of domestic and sexual violence is increasing from year to year and the sanctioning of aggressors remains low. Some figures, according to official data and the 2012-2016 surveys, centralized by the Network for Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women:

  • only 2% of the pre-trial complaints submitted to the police by the victims go to court;
  • 1 out of 4 Romanian women were physically or sexually assaulted by their partner at least once in their life; 75% of these cases have not been reported;
  • every 5 days, a Romanian woman is beaten to death;
  • every 4 days, a minor in Romania is raped by a family member;
  • 55% of Romanians believe that sexual intercourse without consent is justified in certain situations;
  • 33% of Romanians think that it should not be illegal to control your partner / partner, meaning to forbid him / her to contact family or friends, not to give access to money, confiscate mobile phone or documents (bulletin, property contract and so on).

Discussed issues

Currently, authorities can not observe ex officio. The victim must file a complaint against the aggressor – predominantly the spouse / partner, father or other family member – with whom he often lives. Although the duration of the issuing of a protection order has dropped significantly, not all victims know they can get it and how. Authorities can not prevent the aggressor from violating the order. They can only punish the violation of the order when it occurs.

There are counties and even sectors of the capital that do not have shelters for victims of violence. Where they exist, the information is hardly accessible. To trigger an alarm, several public figures (journalists, bloggers, artists) have customized their profile photo. You can also change your picture by clicking here.

We do not have the right to indifferently witness these dramas

Independent MP Oana Bîzgan, a member of the International Women’s Free from Violence Network, urges Romanians to promote the free call line to report cases of domestic violence: 0800 500 333. “We have no right to witness these dramas with indifference. Together, we can put an end to a scourge that has serious effects on the health, quality of life and well-being of the victims and their families, the development of the whole of society. We have to give a strong signal that there is tolerance 0 for domestic violence! “, says Oana Bîzgan.

In August 2017, after another woman lost her life beaten, tortured and murdered by her partner, several MPs from USR, PNL and UDMR sent the Romanian Government a call for urgent approval of the bill for modification and completion of Law no. 217/2003 on the prevention and combating of domestic violence, republished, as subsequently amended and supplemented. The law has not been up to date. Although this is part of the mandatory legislative harmonization with the Istanbul Convention (Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence) which Romania has ratified since September 1, 2016. Every victim of domestic violence is a victim too much.