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Domestic violence prevention Act bans corporal punishment of children

The National Assembly passed amendments to the Family Violence Prevention Act aimed to better protect victims of domestic violence and improve the work of state institutions in such cases. In a bid to crack down on domestic violence, the changes ban explicitly corporal punishment and redefine what counts as domestic violence.

Minister of Labour, Family, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities Dr Anja Kopač Mrak told Members of Parliament that the changes also redefine who counts as a family member to include cohabiting partners, former partners and children of partners. Kopač Mrak stressed this was included in the changes because there had been cases of domestic violence between persons who could not be placed in the existing categories of family members.


Meanwhile, the definition of domestic violence is also expanded under the changes to include threats of violence, such as intimidation, and stalking. Physical violence will be deemed to include forced labour, with the definition of sexual violence now extended to publication of sexual content about victims. On the law enforcement side the legislation gives courts broader powers to protect victims.