Ukrainian woman first time ever defends rights at ECHR in domestic violence case

Source : 112 Ukraine

Prior to this, Iryna Levchuk lost all courts in Ukraine; the ECHR sided with her and obliged the Supreme Court of Ukraine to reconsider the case
18:57, 9 November 2020

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Iryna Levchuk became the first Ukrainian ever who won the case at the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). Meanwhile, all courts in Ukraine, including the Supreme Court, she lost as TSN reported.

The story of Iryna Levchuk has begun 14 years ago. She gave birth to triplets in Rivne maternity home. She had an elder son and the state supported the multi-member family and provided them with the flat.

Related: 95,000 Ukrainians suffered from domestic violence, - Ministry of Social Policy

After a year of coupledom, the husband started to indulge and beat his wife. The woman appealed to the local police department. However, law enforcers only opened criminal cases. Then, Iryna decided to divorce his husband officially. According to the legislation, she could not evict the ex-husband from the flat. Even after the divorce, he had a right to live there. Then Iryna made a decision to evict the husband through the court. However, the husband appealed the decision and won. The woman lost all other cases, including the Supreme Court.

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) was the last chance for Iryna. Thus, she became the first Ukrainian ever who made clear her rights at the level of Europe against the decision of the state.

Related: Police received 42, 000 calls about domestic violence since beginning of lockdown in Ukraine

When the case was won, the part of the flat owned by a man was put on public auction to enable him to pay off his child support. The debt for payment of child support makes 80,000 hryvnias ($2.846). Besides, the ECHR obliged Ukraine to pay the compensation for moral damage in the sum of €4.500. The Supreme Court should reconsider her case.

The number of cases of domestic violence increased twice during the six months of 2020. During this period of time, law enforcers opened about 900 cases of domestic violence.

Related: Statistics of domestic violence did not increase during lockdown in Kyiv, - city hall

As we reported, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Ministry of Digital Transformation of Ukraine produced an educational series on online tools that can be applied to combat domestic violence.


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