Domestic Abuse Intervention Centre Vienna
In each province of Austria there is at least one Domestic Violence Intervention Centre (also called Centres for Protection against Violence/Gewaltschutzzentrum). These centres were established in order to assist victims within the framework of police barring orders for perpetrators of domestic violence. You can find more information on the nine Austrian Domestic Intervention Centres >>here<<.
Intervention Centres offer free support and counselling services. Every victim of domestic violence and stalking is welcome!
Domestic Violence Intervention Centre Vienna
Tel: +43 1 585 32 88
Fax: +43 1 585 32 88-20
Our opening hours
Monday - Friday: 8.30 am to 8.00 pm
Saturday & Sunday: 10.00 am to 5.00 pm
For appointments, please call: +43 1 585 32 88
The Act on Protection from Domestic Violence
Austrian legislation designed to offer greater protection from domestic violence (Federal Act on Protection Against Violence) came into force on May 1, 1997. The legislation has been amended and improved several times (in 2000, 2004, 2006, 2009, 2013 and 2019).
The most important provision of the legislation is that which empowers the police to evict perpetrators from the dwelling (barring order/ "Betretungs- und Annäherungsverbot"). The police expulsion or the ban on returning is effective for 2 weeks. Additionally, the perpetrator is banned on approaching the victim within a distance of 100 meters, independent of her current location. If a woman under threat of violence wishes this protection to be extended, she can apply for a temporary injunction order to the local court within these 2 weeks; the barring order will then be prolonged for another 2 weeks.
This temporary injunction order lasts for 6 months. The term of the temporary injunction order may be extended if by the end of 6 months a divorce petition or, in the case of common-law partners, a petition for eviction or sole usage has been lodged. In this case the temporary injunction order remains in force until the suit is closed.
Download the information booklet "Legislation for the Protection from Violence in Austria" for further information in English. Please find more publications in English on the situation regarding domestic violence in Austria >>here<<.