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Calls to Strengthen Restraining Order Law

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Calls to Strengthen Restraining Order Law

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Photo: Páll Kjartansson.

It is increasingly important to for Iceland to give restraining order laws sharper teeth, as well as strengthening laws preventing people being thrown out of home by partners or other housemates, according to seven organizations that delivered a critical report to the Ministry for the Interior this week.

The resolution was presented by seven organizations: the Icelandic Feminist Association, the Women's Shelter, Women’s Advice Service, the Union of Women’s Associations, the Icelandic Women's Rights Association, Stígamót and the Association of Women of Foreign Origin in Iceland, RÚV reported.

The number of restraining order cases in Icelandic courts has been increasing in recent years. Five have come to the Supreme Court so far this year—three of which the court canceled, finding in favor of the defendant.

The resolution claims that these judgments reflect a lack of understanding of the spirit of the law. “We know that perhaps victims like women of foreign origin often don’t have such a strong safety net and families behind them like Icelanders. So I think we need to shed light on the need to review the law and maybe make them more instructive and also find resources for victims which are uniformly provided,” says Anna Katarzyna Wozniczka, president of the Association of Women of Foreign Origin in Iceland.

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