Domestic abusers expelled from homes in Czechia

In 2018, the Czech police have ordered 1,060 domestic violence abusers to leave their homes for a mandatory separation period. 

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Why this story matters:

A law allowing Czech police to expel domestic abusers from their homes for ten days came into effect in 2007. Every year since then, hundreds of abusers have been forced to leave their homes.

Up until the end of October this year, Czech police had ordered almost 14,000 expulsions in total, according to figures supplied by White Safety Circle, an organization which helps victims and members of their families. 

NGOs fighting domestic violence believe such police interventions can provide safety in emergency situations, but they also advocate rehabilitating the perpertrators.

“People who can’t handle their anger and commit violent crimes against their loved ones [...] must also be included in the solution.”, says Josef Petr, Director of the League of Open Men, an organization teaching anger management to violent abusers. 

Details from the story:

  • Domestic violence could be physical, emotional, sexual or economic. Some women are abused for years before they ask for help.
  • Police can expel abusers from home for ten days without consent of abused persons. Police should control the order several times
  • A court can prolong the eviction order and issue a restraint order if the victim asks for it. 
  • An expelled abuser should hand over the keys of home and is not allowed to contact the victim.  
  • A campaign called #ResponsibleTogether, which emphasises working with abusers for the successful solution of the domestic violence problems, started at the end of November in several countries 

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