ECHR addresses Romania’s culture of domestic violence

The European Court for Human Rights (ECHR) supported a Romanian victim after ruling that the country failed to protect a victim.

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The ECHR blasted Romanian authorities for not taking actions on domestic violence cases in the country. According to official statistics presented by EHCR, about 60% of Romanians perceive domestic violence to be normal.

This admonition arose from the case of Angelica Balsan, who was abused for a total of eight times during her marriage, during divorce, and even after it. Because of Romania’s failure to protect the victim, ECHR awarded Balsan $11,000 to compensate for the shortcomings of the European member state.

According to Al Jazeera, Balsan’s injuries were documented in medical and police findings. In this report, the ECHR said that “although there was a legal framework in Romania … the authorities had failed to apply the relevant legal provisions in her case”.

“Such an approach … was inconsistent with international standards on violence against women,” the ECHR added.

The Eastern European member state has pledged to address the issue, but it still lacks shelters for abused victims, as most of facilities that are aimed to protect them are operated by non-government organisations.

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