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Emergency Protection Orders

The most important provision for the safety of women in cases of domestic violence, the protection order, was introduced in March 2012. The law stipulates that in emergency cases, the order can be issued within a day. However, in reality the shortest timeframe needed for a judge in Romania to issuee  this order has been 21 day. During this time the women are at great risk of being terrorized. beaten and even killed.

For a real emergency protection order, the NGOs in the VIF Network request the introduction of special judges appointed to give emergency decisions in cases of increased risk, based on a request of the police, prossecutor or the victim herself.