Police officers in the Republic of Moldova are responding better to cases of domestic violence, More than 600 police officers have been trained in the last three years on the implementation mechanism of the “Law on prevention and combating domestic violence”, focusing especially on protection orders for victims of domestic violence

In partnership with the Ministry of Internal Affairs, General Police Inspectorate and Police Academy, UNFPA Moldova and its Implementing Partner – Women’s Law Center - developed curricula for police officers in addressing domestic violence. As a result, between October 2012 – September 2014 a total of 2,121 protection orders were issued by police officers, most of them in 2014, which shows an increased response from police to the domestic violence cases. Additionally, police officers had the opportunity to provide their recommendation to the Law. In this regard, out of 600 trained police officers, 372 have come out with concrete amendments to the Law, which were presented to the Ministry of Labour, Social Protection and Family and are currently analyzed for revision of the “Law on prevention and combating domestic violence”.

These activities were part of the “Strengthening the multidisciplinary approach in achieving and sustaining a life free of violence” project” project, implemented by IOM and UNFPA Moldova, with financial support of the United States Department of State’s Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs.