Again about gender based violence in Romania legislative modifications promulgated on march 2012

AuthorLavinia Mihaela Vladila
PositionLecturer, PhD, Faculty of Law and Socio-Political Sciences, 'Valahia' University of Târgoviste
LESIJ NO. XX, VOL. 1/2013
Lavinia Mihaela VLDIL
The article continues our last year article, presented in the same conference, on the evolution of the
legislation on domestic violence in Spain and in Romania. This new study shall approach only the
legislative modifications of the Law No 217/2003 inserte d in March 2012 after the shooting at “Perla”
Hairdresser in Bucharest, which influenced not only the lives of those involved, but also legislative
changes, as an attempt from the Government to offer a better protection for women, who are usually the
victims of this type of violence. The present study is dedicated to these new modifications ad their social and
legal impact.
Keywords: gender based violence, new regulation, restraining order.
I. Introduction.
Regarding our preoccupation of the past few years in knowing and study the issue of
gender based violence we drafted this article. Though in our previous study we have presented
the evolution of the Romanian and Spanish regulation after 2000, we have not approached the
latest modifications brought to theăLawăNoă217/2003ăafterătheăshootingăată“Perla”ăHai rdresserăină
Bucharest, inserted in March 2012. The present study is dedicated to these new modifications
and their social and legal impact, especially the impact on those women subjected to gender
based violence.
Despite that in Romania there are few statistics on gender based violence, and the existing
ones are not very recent, it has resu lted that this plague is one of the most presen t in Romanian
society. According to the Statistical Bulletin on Labor and Social Protection 2009, p resented
by the Ministry of Labor, Family and Social Protection
1, in South-Muntenia Region (formed by
Arge,ăClrai,ăDâmbovia,ăGiugiu,ăIalomia,ă PrahovaăandăTeleormanăcounties)ăwereă registeredă
most cases of domestic violence (3262), followed by South-Eastă Regionă (formedă byă Buzu,ă
Brila,ăConstana,ăGalai,ăTulceaă andăVranceaăcounties)ăwith ă1759ăcases,ătheăf ewestăcasesăbeingă
registeredăină th eăW esternă Regionă (formedă byă Arad,ă Cara-Severin,ă Hunedoaraă andă Timiioaraă
counties) withă 1109ă cases.ă Fromă anotheră Romaniană studyă calledă “N ational Research on
Domestic and Work related Violence”,ă researchă conductedă ină 2003ă byă theă Partnershipă foră
Equality Center2 stated that between 2002-2008, 827.000 women were frequently subjected to
acts of domestic violence in one of its many forms, thus:
Lecturer, PhD, Faculty of Law and Socio-Politicală Sciences,ă“Valahia”ă Universityăofă Târgovite (email:
1 Available on the Ministry of Labor, Family and Social Protection official website: http://www.
2 The information was taken from the study National Research on Domestic and Work related Violence
published on the Partnership for Equality Center official website:
romana/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=27&Itemid=48 p.132.
The research was conducted by the IMAS Marketing and Polls in July-August 2003, on a representative
sample group: 1800 p ersons aged 18 and above, fro m who 1200 were women and 600 men; 182

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