Domestic violence: Senator Rossignol puts pressure on the plenary hall

Domestic violence: Senator Rossignol puts pressure on the plenary hall

Tensions in the Senate rose Thursday over the issue of domestic violence, the warhorse of former PS family minister Laurence Rossignol, who tried unsuccessfully to change the terms of the protection order.

The senators discussed the first reading of the Interior Ministry’s (Lopmi) Guidance and Programming Law, which specifically provides for an increase in sexist contempt: “increased sexist contempt” becomes a criminal offense punishable by a fine of 3,750 euros.

Subsequent to this article, the Senator proposed an amendment to change the wording of the Civil Code relating to the protection order designed to protect a person who is a victim of intimate partner violence.

This provides for “cumulative conditions: there must be violence and danger,” she explained. However, “it can happen that violence has not yet been committed or that the victim cannot prove it”. “Threat precedes danger,” she said.

“Threats are violence, too,” said Annick Billon (middle), chairwoman of the delegation for women’s rights.

The centrist rapporteur Loïc Hervé resisted a formal argument: “In general, this text does not seem to us to be the appropriate framework for a reform of the protection order”.

For his part, Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin found it difficult to introduce “changes in the functioning of the Civil Code” in an Interior Ministry text.

“We’re in a hurry,” said Ms. Rossignol. “I hope that between the moment we vote and the moment we vote for something again one day, there won’t be +accidents,” she added after the amendment was rejected.

The President of the Legal Commission Jean-Noël Buffet (LR) then asked the senator to withdraw her statements “which consist of blackmail”.

“I will not retract any of my statements. I wasn’t blackmailing,” Ms. Rossignol replied.

“When there is a tragedy we look for the responsibility of the police services, the judiciary (…), the ministers are involved in the way their services work (…) We too are responsible for our voices,” she said.


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