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2011: Restrictions of freedom


The Act on Protection against Family Violence of 2003 covers the issue of violence perpetrated within families and therefore covers the case of violence towards a relative with dementia.  The definition of violence is very comprehensive and includes restriction of freedom of movement and presumably various coercive measures.

“Family violence is any use of physical force or psychological pressure against the integrity of a person; any other behaviour of a family member which can cause or potentially cause physical or psychological pain; causing feelings of fear or being personally endangered or feeling of offended dignity; physical attack regardless of whether or not it results in physical injury, verbal assaults, insults, cursing, name-calling and other forms of severe disturbance; sexual harassment; stalking and other forms of disturbance; illegal isolation or restriction of the freedom of movement or communication with third persons; damage or destruction of property or attempts to do so.” (Cited by the United Nations Division for the Advancement of Women, 2009).


United Nations Division for the Advancement of Women (2009), The UN Secretary-General’s database on violence against women: extract on Croatia. Accessed online on 20 October 2011 at:



Last Updated: Wednesday 14 March 2012


  • Acknowledgements

    The above information was published in the 2011 Dementia in Europe Yearbook as part of Alzheimer Europe's 2011 Work Plan which received funding from the European Union in the framework of the Health Programme. AE also gratefully acknowledges the support it received from Fondation Médéric Alzheimer for its project on restrictions of freedom and for the publication of its Yearbook.
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  • Fondation Médéric Alzheimer