Domestic violence now criminal offense in Ukraine

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The Ukrainian parliament has introduced criminal liability for domestic violence and from now on, victims of physical, psychological or economic violence in families will be protected at the state level, MP Iryna Lutsenko said.

Iryna Lutsenko

The Verkhovna Rada adopted important bills aimed at protecting women, children, families, and human rights in Ukraine. Henceforth victims of physical, psychological or economic violence in the family will be protected at the state level, deputy head of BPP, the president’s envoy in parliament, MP Iryna Lutsenko wrote on Facebook.

Commenting on the bills passed by the parliament over the past days, the MP noted that the problem of domestic violence had now been brought to the state level.

"The authorities have established real mechanisms to protect all those who suffered from domestic violence. The creation of shelters will be financed, where victims of domestic violence will be able to undergo rehabilitation, receive psychological and legal support. A hot line will be set up, where victims of domestic violence can turn for help," Iryna Lutsenko said.

Read alsoRada sacks head of Rada’s anti-corruption committee SobolevShe specified that some 165,000 women report to law enforcement agencies annually, while the actual number of victims of domestic violence is five times higher, according to experts.

In Ukraine, nearly 1,500 women die annually as a result of violent acts by their significant others, 3 million children become witnesses and victims of domestic violence.

Therefore, criminalizing domestic violence and creating a system for the protection of victims and violence prevention is something that needs to be done urgently.

"Now the state will record such cases, police will have the authority to respond to and stop domestic violence. A whole range of measures is envisaged against abusers - from correctional work and administrative measures to arrest and imprisonment for a term of 2 to 8 years.

Read alsoRada prolongs moratorium on farmland sale until 2019On December 6, the Verkhovna Rada adopted in the second reading Bill No. 4952 on the criminalization of domestic violence. On December 7, MPs passed in the second reading Bill No. 5294 on preventing and combating domestic violence, as well Bill No. 727 on additional measures against those who systemically fail to pay alimony.