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Slovak cabinet approves plan to prevent violence against women

On June 17, Slovakia’s cabinet approved a draft National Action Plan for the Prevention and Elimination of Violence against Women for the years 2009 to 2012, the SITA newswire wrote.

On June 17, Slovakia’s cabinet approved a draft National Action Plan for the Prevention and Elimination of Violence against Women for the years 2009 to 2012, the SITA newswire wrote.

Under the plan, an assailant who commits violence against a woman might be expelled from their common household for longer than the current 48 hours, as the law provides at present, for a period of 14 days. The national action plan also opens further discussion on this topic. The need to extend the period for expelling an assailant from the household shared with the victim is to be verified by results of a monitoring report on how the police are applying the current law, SITA wrote.

According to the action plan, it is also necessary for Slovakia to consider the need for a new law dealing with all forms of violence on women, or domestic violence, with which foreign countries have experience.

Also, fast and effective help to all women who are victims of violence has to be secured. Therefore, a Coordination Methodological centre for prevention and elimination of violence on women should be established, and at least one crisis intervention centre should be in all Slovak counties as well as a minimum of one temporary home for women and one consulting centre. The number of such specialized facilities should be gradually increased, SITA reported. SITA

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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