Anyone who has experienced domestic abuse in France can file a complaint to report the abuse, even if they do not have residency rights. Filing a complaint is a very important step and may be a prerequisite for procedures related to safety, accommodation or even divorce and child custody.
This letter to the French police can help you communicate with them if you do not speak fluent French and/or wish to be sure that they respect your rights, for example the fact that you have the right to ask for their help without being deported.
Even if you don't feel ready to report the abuse yet, it is important to gather evidence. It may help you to exercise your rights later, with regards to housing, residency rights or divorce and child custody, for example.
Lawyers play a key role throughout legal proceedings. It is important to choose one you can trust. They can assist you with criminal law, family law or defend your rights in relation to the administrative authorities.
Discrimination is prohibited and punishable by French law. If you have experienced discrimination, be it from a public or private organisation, there are some options to protect your rights.
If the other parent has gone abroad with your children, or is keeping them aboard without your agreement, this constitutes international parental child abduction. There are solutions for bringing your children back to France.
Perpetrators deploy common strategies to discredit their victims and often use the legal system to continue their abuse. However, judges, police, media and society are all starting to recognise these manipulative tactics and patterns of behaviour.