Risks of Violence in the Family

Violence in the family has no justificationirrespective of the aggressor’s motivation!

Violence in the family means aggression or intentional neglectof a member of the family, a child or adult, and it is present on all social levels!

Violence in the family is a serious social problemand one of public health!

Children exposed to violence in the family will present afterwards speech disorder, Enuresis, disorder in behaviour and at meals, all withdramatic effects in the physical and psychic development as an adult.

Ask for help from the shelter
to learn what rights you have and especially what you have to do in such situations.

Life must not be lived in submissiveness!

The possibilities you have at hand
In the case you have been a victim of an aggression in the family and you are still in danger, appeal to the emergency number 112 and when the Police come, ask for an official report about this incident.

For your safety avoid staying any longer with the aggressor in the same house and try to take refuge at relatives or friends which are able to shelter you for a while until the conflict situation has got over.

Ask then as soon as possible for a medico-legal certificate from the Forensic Medicine Institute to prove you have been aggressed. This certificate could be an evidence to court.

In the case you cannot obtain this certificate in a short time, go to any unit of emergency (if you have been physically aggressed) and ask to be registered and given a paper to prove you have asked for medical assistance because of the blows you received. Then you may go with this document to the Forensic Medicine Institute.

You may lodge a complaint at the Police against the aggressor and afterwards you may take him to court. You must know in some situations you may benefit of free legal advice if you are not able to take a lawyer.

The law allows now the victims to receive a temporary disposition of restriction for six months against the aggressor and this protects them from other acts of aggression.

What have you to do to avoid other situations of violence

When you have passed through a violent situation in the family you must know you can stop the  aggressor’s violent behaviour only by acting. Don’t wait for the conflict situation to grow worse. Then you will be subjected to more risks.

Make inquiries from whom you could ask for help (for example from the shelter or other institutions in this field), try to avoid more abuses coming from the aggressor in the family and think in good time how to leave the flat and at whom to take refuge.

Keep a bag with strict private things, copies of personal documents and those of the flat, some money just in case you have to leave the house. Let the bag in the care of a person you trust and which could help you.

Keep a list of telephone numbers of the institutions which offer you information, help and to which you appeal in the case you still are exposed to violence.

When you have children think if they can live in safety in a violental background.