Breaching the isolation of domestic violence victims exempt from punishment

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Breaching the isolation of domestic violence victims, and those who violated the regime “in the state of necessity” will not be held accountable. The corresponding statement was provided to the MIA in response to an appeal to the government of nine NGOs working with victims, writes “Kommersant”.

The appeal was sent in March 2020 to the government and heads of regions. Experts predicted a surge of domestic violence in the mode of self-isolation.

The Ministry clarified that “persons violating the regime of self-isolation in a state of emergency, in accordance with the current legislation of the Russian Federation are not subject to liability.” Also in the interior Ministry noted that the Agency for the prevention of the situation of people attending who are on the records as well as conduct interviews with relatives and neighbors.

Head of the center for protection of victims of family violence Consortium of women’s non-governmental organizations lawyer Mari Davtyan said that the document described in the response and prevention NGOs working with victims, “in practice it is not felt”.

“At least, speaking of Moscow and Moscow region, I can say that the police in the complaints say they are busy monitoring isolation and quarantine. This they said several times our victims, by refusing even to come home”, she complained.

Earlier in may, the interior Ministry said that the number of cases of violence in the family and domestic sphere has declined. On 13 may, the head of the Duma Committee on rules Olga Savastianova said that the data of the MIA of Russia on the reduction of cases of domestic violence in terms of self-isolation do not reflect the real situation, because many victims turn to other organizations.

On 7 may, the Deputy Russian Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova has asked six agencies to learn about the growth of domestic violence in isolation and to study the introduction of measures to combat it.

On 5 may, the Commissioner for human rights Tatyana Moskalkova said that the number of calls about domestic violence in the period of epidemic of coronavirus in Russia increased 2.5 times. She referred to a number of NGOs and said that in March, such a message was 6054, and in April received more than 13 thousand complaints.

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