Denmark: State protection available to victims of domestic violence; whether an abusive ex-spouse would have access rights to a minor child
|Publisher||Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada|
|Author||Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board, Canada|
|Publication Date||4 December 2000|
|Citation / Document Symbol||DNK35960.E|
|Cite as||Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Denmark: State protection available to victims of domestic violence; whether an abusive ex-spouse would have access rights to a minor child, 4 December 2000, DNK35960.E, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/3df4be2a18.html [accessed 9 December 2013]|
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An official of the Ministry of Gender Equality in Denmark stated in correspondence dated 22 November 2000 that:
The Law on the judicial system states that the police after a formal notification or, if there are objective signs of a crime, at its own initiative can initiate exploration of the case (§742, 2.).
Violence against women is punishable under the Penal code § 244-246 concerning violence. There are no specific paragraphs on violence against women in the Danish criminal legislation.
The perpetrator can also be given a "warning" (interim order) to keep in a certain distance of the victim in a period up till 5 years time.
The official also stated that:
As for the social protection the Law of Service (Serviceloven, § 94 concerning institutions for homeless) requires the local authorities to provide the victims with protective shelters for them and their children to secure them from further violence and secure their integrity. The shelters first were established in 1979 and now have a growing financial involvement by the local authorities. Some shelter are although partly financed by the state authorities. For 2000 there are 40 shelters up and running throughout the whole country.
No information on whether an abusive ex-spouse would have access rights to a minor child in Denmark could be found among the sources consulted by the Research Directorate.
This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the Research Directorate within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum. Please find below the list of additional sources consulted in researching this Information Request.
Ministry of Gender Equality, Denmark. 22 November 2000. Correspondence from official.
Additional Sources Consulted
Two oral sources could not provide requested information within the research time limits.