The Guide for Victims of Domestic Violence

Coordinator: Adela Setet

Authors: Lucian Caciamac, Alina Costin, Anca Dima, Teodora Petre, Andrei Moroianu, Adriana Pantelimon, Herbert Paulischin, Ana Rădulescu, Adela Setet

Bucharest, 2017

ISBN 978-973-0-23563-0

CFCECAS Bookshop

The Guide for Victims of Domestic Violence is written by a group of practitioner social workers, with input from psychologists and juridical counselors. The Guide is design to impact the life of people that are caught in abusive relationship by helping them to understand what is happening and how they can act in a safety way.

Domestic violence is a serious social problem with significant negative impacts on people lives and communities well-being. The social, economic or cultural background, but also the available resources may make harder for some people to understand what happened and get help.

Key research findings on the nature, prevalence and impact of domestic violence are presented, along with relevant tools that can be used by victims of domestic violence to identify the form of violence and the circumstance that raise them, as well as the key elements of a safety strategy to act.

Readers will learn about how the violence and abuse occurs and how is affecting their individual health, actions and general well-being. The content of the Guide is leading the readers to learn to recognize and acknowledge their feelings and their life context, as well as to act in their best interest. Understanding the complex interaction of attitudes, reasons and situational factors underlying offender behavior is helpful in developing effective prevention strategies or safety plan for leaving an abusive relationship.

This Guide does not replace the support provided by a social worker or a legal advisor. But it can help women victims of domestic violence to understand under what conditions they have to call a specialist and how to do so without increasing the danger they are in.


I. Defining terms in the field of domestic violence

Functional relationships

Dysfunctional relationships




Factors that cause victimization

Addictive relationships

Stockholm syndrome

The cycle of violence

II. Do you want to know what forms of violence are present in your family?

III. The Safety Plan

IV. The Effects of Violence

V. Myths and stereotypes in the field of domestic violence

VI. Resources

Where can you ask for help?

What can you do if you are victim of sexual abuse?

You are a resource. You are the most important resource. The Resilience

VII. Clarifying the terms from a legal point of view

Protection order and restraining order. What is a protection order?

Who can request a protection order?

When can you request the protection order?

Where can I request the protection order?

What documents are needed?

How much does it cost?

Effects of the protection order

Communication of the protection order and enforcement

What does custody mean?

Who is considered a family member?

What does a visiting program mean? When and under what conditions can it be requested?

What does food pension mean? When and under what conditions can it be required? What is the amount?

What is the Tutorial Authority? What is its role in the process of separating partners?

What does legal representation mean? Under what conditions can a free legal representation be obtained?

What does evidence or evidence of domestic violence mean? What types of evidence are acceptable for the protection order?

What is a divorce through a notary? What does it mean? Who can?

Under what conditions can parental rights be deprived?

The Guide for Victims of Domestic Violence is available in printed version, in Romanian language and can be ordered by email sent to CFCECAS.

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