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.
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.