Course for Police Officers from Straseni as part of the “16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence” Campaign

On 8 December 2015, Igor Munteanu, senior consultant in the Ombudsperson's Office, gave the police officers in the Straseni Police Inspectorate a lecture as part of the “16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence” Campaign. About 60 officers attended the event.

Igor Munteanu spoke about domestic violence and its severe consequences for every person in particular and for the society as a whole, the importance of observing the rule of law, and the role of police in preventing and curbing cases of violence. The current methods to combat domestic violence, envisaged by the national legislation, and the measures needed to tone this phenomenon down, the obligation of the police to promptly react to any notification, and informing the victims about their rights were other subjects discussed during the meeting. The recent statistics on domestic violence, provided by the General Police Inspectorate, were analysed during the course.

The police officers discussed about issues related to the legislative deficiencies with regards to the prevention and curbing of domestic violence, registration by the victim of a complaint in this regard, obstacles that impede the implementation of the restraining order, the lack of reaction by other authorities empowered to prevent and curb domestic violence, lack of rehabilitation centres for aggressors etc. 

During the course the cases of domestic violence examined by the Ombudsperson's Office were also discussed, as well as the judgements issued by the European Court of Human Rights on cases in this field.