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Bulgaria: Information on domestic violence

Publisher Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada
Author Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board, Canada
Publication Date 1 July 1994
Citation / Document Symbol BGR17854.E
Cite as Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Bulgaria: Information on domestic violence, 1 July 1994, BGR17854.E, available at: [accessed 1 December 2015]
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According to a representative of the Women's Democratic Union in Sofia and Country Reports 1993, public awareness of domestic violence is not very high and abused women generally appeal to relatives or friends for protection rather than the police or the courts (14 July 1994; 1994, 979). The representative indicated that a "law defending the child" and a "law defending the family" have been proposed but not yet adopted by parliament (14 July 1994). Country Reports 1993 states that there are no special government programs in place to combat spousal abuse (1994, 979), however the representative in Sofia indicated that her organization is involved in a project to establish an "information and advisory centre on the problems of abused women and children," as well as shelters around the country (14 July 1994). She pointed out that the project is not sponsored by the government, and as a result they are experiencing financial difficulties (ibid.).

For further information on domestic violence in Bulgaria, please consult Responses to Information Requests BGR16851.E of 21 March 1994 and BGR15510.E of 14 October 1993, as well as the attached document, which includes information on the Women's Democratic Union.

This response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the DIRB 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.


Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 1993. 1994. United States Department of State. Washington, DC: United States Government Printing Office.

Women's Democratic Union, Sofia. 14 July 1994. Fax sent to the DIRB by representative.


Women's Democratic Union, Sofia. 14 July 1994. Fax sent to the DIRB by representative.

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