Justice Minister Beatrice Ask says that courts hand out too few restraining orders when the abuser lives with the victim.
Currently there needs to be a “palpable risk” of harm, in order to ban someone from their own home. The proposed law - which is gender neutral althouth the vast majority of cases involve make attackers - would allow a restraining order when there is simply a “risk” of harm.
The Social Democrat chair of the Justice Committee welcomes the proposal, as does the Swedish Council for Crime Prevention (BRÅ). However BRÅ tell Swedish Radio that 9,000 people are refused restraining orders each year and they should get better protection, whether or not they share a home with their attacker.