Austria: Showing the Red Card


Each year in Austria, 7,000 cases of domestic violence are reported to the police, and police suspect many more go unreported (95% of cases involve male violence against wives or partners).

Austria is a pioneer in the protection of women, with it's Protection Against Violence law, now ten-years old. In the words of one of the law's architects, " shows men the red card." Under the law, police have the power to eject men from their homes, which then become domestic sanctuaries for the women. In most other European countries, it is the battered women who must leave home and find sanctuary in a safe house.