60 Ideas for Europe

The EU should take an active part by setting common rules to ensure stringent protection of children and their rights.
Demand preventive measures against child abuse and domestic violence. Measures to protect victims of child abuse and domestic violence.

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  1. Thank you so much for putting forward this very difficult subject. I am part of an association in the South of France that helps women who are victims of sexuel abuse and domestic violence. We try to inform doctors, social workers, police, teachers etc etc but the resistence to realize the depth of the problem is astounding. I was a victim of domestic violence and this should become a European cause. I am involved with politics in France and unfortunately the politicians are the most difficult people to convince, but step by step we will. Please don’t hesitate to contact me by mail. As this is one of the subjects we can get support for across Europe by a petition, perhaps the first to reach the 1 million signatures.
    I hope that something constructuve will finaly happen to make our national governments take drastic measures to change human nature and to protect our dignity and lives. In ones country of origin it is very difficult to be a battered wife but when one resides in another European Country it is even worse as there are so many differences in our legal rights etc.
    Thank you and you can count on me.
    Lesley Joines
    Le Californie, 23 Av du Roi Albert, 06400 CANNES
    FRANCE

  2. Let us get more people from outside the political sphere to have a fresh look. The problemsolvers might be out there in the comunities, give them some space.

  3. The EU should stay out of national issues. Child abuse and domestic violence are wrong, but this is not an area for the EU and, considering the EU’s appalling record in other areas: the environment, fishing protection, fraud, and corruption, EU involvement would almost certainly do more harm than good.

  4. I agree with Simon North. Essentially “Protection for children and victims of domestic violence” should be an issue which should be settled on the national level.

    But:

    “considering the EU’s appalling record in other areas: the environment, fishing protection, fraud, and corruption, EU involvement would almost certainly do more harm than good.”

    What? The EU has certainly no worse record on this issues then the average European country.

  5. The protection of children and victims of domestic violence is an issue of human rights, and it is right that the EU try to set a supranational policy on that front to raise standards across the whole of the EU. Good proposal!

  6. Clearly it is an issue of human rights, but again: The detailed laws and the executive implementation is an issue for the countires to settle on their own.

    The human rights part is already fixed by the signing of the Charter of Human rights and thats it.

    Let me emphasize here that I totally support strong protection for children and victims of domestic violence. But I also strongly belive that the best results can be achived on the national level.

  7. From the moment that we are a community, the problem of a country community is also of community and this is of course a serious problem for all parents of the world.
    It is right that the EU try to set a supranational policy on that front to raise standards across the whole of the EU. Now is late, tomorrow can be too late from many people.

  8. RZ, you write: “Clearly it is an issue of human rights, but again: The detailed laws and the executive implementation is an issue for the countires to settle on their own.”

    This argument always makes sense at first glance, but when you get down to the detail …

    For example: let’s say you (RZ) live in country X, just across the border from country Y. There are no EU minimum standards in, say, child protection, so it turns out tat country Y has ‘laxer’ standards in this domain than your own country.

    So people who would be considered criminals in your country are not in country Y. They are free to cross the border and visit you, RZ, in your country. And visit your kids’ school.

    They’re not criminals in country Y, so you country’s police have no way of protecting your family from them, as noone knows they exist.

    Wouldn’t you prefer some minimum standards now?

  9. Dear Matt,

    your argument is so nonsensical, I do not even know where to start in my answer.

    As I understand it, this thread is about domestic violence against children and it makes perfect sense to talk about the need for a European Human rights standard in this regard. It hasn’t always be clear that parents can not beat up there children at will, so it is important to codify special protections for children in the context of inner family violence into human rights standards.

    What you are alluding to is child molestation, the most despicable crime imaginable. I really wonder where you live that you believe that no strong actions are taken against child molesters on the national level.

    The European Union has no power, and should have no power to make criminal law. Ever. Maybe you can roll out next that we should let the EU draw up some minimum standards for prosecution of terrorists…otherwise they will BLOW UP MY KIDS!!!

  10. I really want to thank to those, which,can even see Jesus into the eyes of a child, and against all society, who seems had lost dignity and love,
    they can protect and love them.

  11. Maybe it is an issue that countries should settle on their own, however EU should have an improved legal structure so the population could really access justice when it is not possible at the national level.

  12. Brilliant to put this item on the agenda. We try very hard to make the Dutch government and population clear what kind of impact relational violence has on -mostly- women and children. What it distrois for their future.
    Unfortunately is this item a great tabu what makes the approach from an different point of view (innovation) by women who experienced violence, as my partner and her kids did, so hard.
    There is far too little money to start serious programms for this group!

  13. I was thinking of selling my artwork and give half the proceeds to a child abuse organization. But I need help. Can anyone help me?

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