Estonian Policy on Sexual crime

Sexual offences against children is one of the priority issues in Estonian criminal policy since august 2005, when ministers of Interior and Justice stated this to be one of the most prioritised subjects in the work of prosecutors and police officers.

In February 2015 Estonian Government approved Strategy for Preventing Violence for the years 2015-2020. The Strategy for Preventing Violence in 2015–2020 addresses violence between persons and does not discuss violence against oneself or collective violence. The Strategy encompasses violence between children, abuse of children, domestic violence (intimate partner violence), sexual violence and trafficking in human beings. People may become victims of violence regardless of their social and cultural background, age or gender. The prevalence and consequences of violence differ by types of violence and by gender of victims. For example, a large share of victims in registered domestic violence cases are women – eight victims out of ten. In domestic violence, sexual violence and trafficking in human beings, the violence experienced by women is often more severe and has worse consequences. It is therefore important to pay attention to violence against women in the Strategy for Preventing Violence.

All the related materials are uploaded in criminal policy website: http://www.kriminaalpoliitika.ee/et/vagivalla-vahendamise-arengukava/vagivalla-vahendamise-arengukava-2015-2020 (link is external) (in estonian).

See more at: http://eucpn.org/document/estonian-policy-sexual-crime#sthash.O1dlXnXt.dpuf