"Austrian Way" Approved By Parliament - The Reykjavik Grapevine

“Austrian Way” Approved By Parliament

Published June 14, 2011

The Icelandic parliament has passed into a law bold legislation regarding victims of domestic violence and its perpetrators.
RÚV reports that Minister of the Interior Ögmundur Jónasson submitted the bill, which was first introduced to parliament by former Leftist-Green MP Kolbrún Halldórsdóttir in 2003. Called “the Austrian way”, after a law passed in Austria in 1997, it grants victims of domestic violence the right to not only have the police physically remove perpetrators from the home, but also institute a restraining order to keep them – or people connected to them – from getting anywhere near the victim.
Furthermore, the bill allows victims of domestic violence to have anyone they report for abuse to be immediately removed from the premises by police for up to four weeks at a time.
The Leftist-Green website reports the minister saying that he welcomes the newly-approved law, finding it strange that it had taken so long to finally be approved by parliament.

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