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Court Drops Restraining Orders

The Supreme Court of Iceland has dropped a restraining order against a man who has been suspected of having physically abused his former partner. The man has sent pornographic videos of the woman to her friends and colleagues.

The woman has been residing at the Women’s Shelter since November because her former partner lives in her apartment. He has custody of their two-year-old daughter. In the meantime, the woman’s two older children have had to move out and stay full time with their father, with whom she shares custody of them.

The police have not concluded their investigation of the man’s alleged assault of his former partner last July but the court decided to drop the restraining order because the incident took place more than six months ago. While the investigation is ongoing, the police prosecutor has opted not to remove the man from the apartment and child protective services have not removed the child from the man’s care.

“It’s scary enough and hard enough to take the step to leave and close your door and realize you’re walking out of your home and you have no idea what’s going to happen” [Then] to know that you have no support by the legal system, it’s going to make [other] women give up,” the woman told Stöð 2.

The restraining order is one of three orders on men placed on them by their former partners to be dropped by the Supreme Court in a period of three days, reports.

The Reykjavík Metropolitan Police have said that it is unlikely that they will be able to guarantee the privacy of the women without the restraining orders.

Halldóra Gunnarsdóttir, a specialist in equality issues at Reykjavík City, says that the Supreme Court’s verdict shows that the court does not understand the severity of cases of domestic violence.

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