Calls to introduce electronic ankle bracelets under federal police law

( – Federal Minister of the Interior Faeaser (SPD) wants to change the Violence Protection Act to prescribing anti-violence training for perpetrators. Electronic ankle bracelets are planned to better implement prohibition of contact and restraining orders. Faeser also wants to set up pilot projects for the trainingof female officers at the Federal Police. The minister explained that every third day a woman is killed by her partner or former partner. This is unbearable, she added.

The CDU-CSU wants to establish electronic ankle bracelets nationwide. A year ago, the Federal Justice Ministers’ Conference asked Federal Minister of Justice, Buschmann (FDP), to inscribe so-called electronic residence monitoring in the Violence Protection Act. Electronic ankle bracelets are currently being used in six Federal States. Rhineland-Palatinate now also wants to pass an amendment to the law, and Saxony-Anhalt is in favor of a Germany-wide regulation, while the Green parliamentary group in the Bundestag is open to an amendment to the law.

More places in women’s shelters and consistent criminal prosecution and preventive measures in the context of police law are also needed, a Green Party spokesman said. According to a response by the Federal Government to a query from the Left Party, women’s shelters only hold capacities for 7,800 women and children. However, since 2018, Germany has committed itself to providing 21,500 places under the Istanbul Convention. Under current provisions, women have to pay for their place in a women’s shelter themselves. According to the Left Party, this is a “perfidious” situation.

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