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My Intervention at POAM

I was proud to give my contribution in Milan Bicocca University for the POAM Project: Protection of Abducting Mothers in Return Proceedings.

As a Lawyer, specializing in family law and international family law after more than 20 year of practice in Italy, Europe, US and UK, I can say that domestic violence is the most common form of violence against women. Domestic violence affects women disproportionately. Domestic violence may be present in 70% of parental child abduction cases. Domestic violence remains at high priority for the EU.


Very timely and much needed POAM project on the way, led by the University of Aberdeen (the UK team) and with a core consortium including Croatia, Germany and Italy. Dr Katarina Trimmings obtained EU funding for this major collaborative project in January 2019 and will last for 2 years. The project received funding from the European Union's Rights, Equality and Citizenship Program (2014-2020). The Protection of Abducting Mothers in Return Proceedings: Intersection between Domestic Violence and Parental Child Abduction will focus on preventive work and gender-based violence and violence against children in the context of international parental child abduction.

606 / 2013 on mutual recognition of civil protection matters (the Protection Measures Regulation) and the 2011 / 99 Directive / EU on the European Protection Order ("the European Protection Order Directive) in the specific context of parental child abduction cases between EU Member States (except Denmark) committed against the background of domestic violence. The 1980 Hague Convention Abduction Convention (1980 Hague Convention Abduction Convention) and the Council Regulation (EC) No 2201 / 2003 of 27 November 2003 in the field of recognition and enforcement of judgments in matrimonial matters and the matters of parental responsibility, repealing Regulation (EC) No 1347 / 2000 ('the Brussels II Regulation') to order the return of the child to the state of the child's habitual residence. The abducting mother is a leader in the abducting parent compromise her own safety. The project is responsible for the implementation of the Protection Measures. The European Protection Order and the European Protection Order 1980 Convention and the Brussels II Regulation, and the lack of safety of returning parents in that of the instruments that abducting mothers who have been victims of domestic violence in the State of origin are often implicitly forced to return to that State without effective protective measures having been put in place.

Today in Milan we have developed a good practice and have been trained in the application of the Protection Measures

The meeting is very effective in strategically planning and facilitating the exchange of knowledge and practical experience in the area of ​​protection against domestic violence and / or in the specific context of parental child abduction.