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The Government adopted a draft amendment to the Family Violence Prevention Act

At today’s regular session, the Government adopted a draft amendment to the Family Violence Prevention Act. The act proposal will amend and update the existing Family Violence Prevention Act so as to better protect the victims of domestic violence and improve the functioning of state institutions in addressing such violence.

The amendment defines domestic violence into greater detail, updates the definition of family members, and improves the coordination and communication between all competent institutions and authorities as well as the procedures addressing domestic violence. The proposal regulates those provisions that have so far proven to be insufficiently effective in practice. 

The act proposal, inter alia, introduces the broadening of the definition of family members. There have been several cases of violence among persons in a particular partner or intimate relationship that were unable to be classified in any of the categories of family members under the current act. The definition of domestic violence has been broadened as well, with the mere threat of violence being considered as an act of violence. According to the proposal, work coercion is considered physical violence, and sharing sexual content about the victim is considered sexual violence. Stalking has been added as a completely new form of domestic violence. The amendment brings explicit prohibition of domestic violence and the prohibition of corporal punishment in children, which is one of the still unfulfilled commitments of the Republic of Slovenia, for which the state has been repeatedly urged by the Council of Europe. The possibilities of action by the competent authorities, i.e. the Slovenian Police and courts, have been defined in more detail as well. The courts will have a number of measures at their disposal to protect victims, especially measures of child protection. Among the authorities and organisations that are obliged to report the violence, other service providers within the social security, health care, education and training sectors are included and assigned the role and responsibilities in addressing the domestic violence.