The Violence Protection Act provides longer-term protection under civil law. Victims of domestic violence may, personally or with the support of a lawyer, file a protection order at the Civil Court so that:
- the offender must leave the commonly used home to the victim
- the offender is prohibited from certain activities (for example, entering the home, staying near the home, harassment by telephone, etc.)
- the offender is ordered to stay away from places where the victim needs to be (such as work place, kindergarten, school, leisure time facilities, shops etc.)
The breaking of any conditions of the protective court order is a criminal offence. Always report such incidences to the police!
These measures are taken for your future protection. Under this law, you can also file a court order against your former partner or another person that stalks or harasses you.