Justice Ministry and association against domestic violence sign cooperation protocol

Justice and Public Order Ministry and the Association for the prevention and combating of domestic violence in Cyprus signed on Monday a cooperation protocol, aiming to better coordinate efforts and be more effective in the prevention and combating of such negative social phenomena.

In statements after the protocol was signed, Justice and Public Order Minister Ionas Nicolaou also referred to the recent upgrade of Cyprus in the US State Department’s 2018 Trafficking in Persons to Tier 1.

We will have to deal with this phenomenon with even greater determination, he stressed. While, he noted, Cyprus’ practices in recent years have been recognised, there is still more to be done.

According to data he presented 52 cases related to the trafficking of persons were investigated, 36 of which have been prosecuted. However, problems are still recorded in employment sectors such as agriculture and farming.

At the same time, he also said that while Assize Courts have been trying cases at a good pace, delays are still occurring in cases lodged at District Court level.

We expect that this delays will improve in the context of the justice reforms, he said, stressing once more the importance of prevention.

This government believes that actions taking place in the context of various efforts to deal with social phenomena such as domestic violence, trafficking in people and others should be reviewed so that we can become mover effective, Nicolaou noted and he stressed the importance of the work done by NGOs.

Referring in particular to the cooperation protocol he signed with the domestic violence association, he said that through the protocol the effort will be to sidestep bureaucratic processes which in the past have caused a delay in setting in motion the required and necessary protection of victims.

On her part, the Association’s Chairwoman Kiki Poyiatzi said that domestic violence has been a priority for the association. In its 28 years of operation it has upgraded the services offered by introducing new programmes, she added.

Referring to the protocol, she pointed out that it is proof of the very good cooperation which already exists between the association, the justice ministry and the police in matters of domestic violence which we hope will continue and will be upgraded in the framework of the protocol.

Source: Cyprus News Agency