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Bulgaria Passes an Order for Protection Law Modeled after Minnesota’s Law
3/16/2005 11:45 AM

Bulgarian Parliament passed “The Law on Domestic Violence” on March 16, 2005. The law, modeled after Minnesota’s Order for Protection law passed in 1979, is one of the first of its kind in the region to include Order for Protection provisions. We are very hopeful that this new legal remedy will make a huge difference in the lives of domestic violence victims.

The Bulgarian Gender Research Foundation, a partner of Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights, has worked for years on this law. Minnesota Advocates has been very involved in the process: consulting with our partners in Bulgaria and traveling there to speak to members of parliament, judges, lawyers, police and advocates. Minnesota Advocates recognizes the important work of our volunteers and colleagues who traveled to Bulgaria to share our experience with Order for Protection remedies and legal reform on domestic violence.

Minnesota Advocates is deeply grateful to Marna Anderson, Aviva Breen, Julie Brunzell, Linda Foreman, Loretta Frederick, Marlene Kayser, Mary Louise Klas, Kathryn Quaintance, Robin Phillips, and Julie Tilley for their time and effort on this important cause. Also special thanks to Helen Rubenstein who organized a local and national letter writing campaign last year to the Bulgarian Parliament in support of the law.

BGRF and Minnesota Advocates recently received a grant from the Oak Foundation to continue our work together. Over a two year period we will be training judges and police in Bulgaria on issues regarding Order for Protection remedies and an improved justice system response to domestic violence.