Bulgaria, population 7.6 million, is located in Eastern Europe.

Although statistics are difficult to come by due to underreporting by victims and a lack of accurate statistics from police, prosecutors, judges or other service providers, the U.S. Department of State reported that one in four women have been victims of domestic violence in Bulgaria.

On 16 March 2005, the National Assembly adopted the Law on Protection against Domestic Violence (LPADV) (BGRF's unofficial translation sponsored by the Bulgarian Fund for Women). The LPADV came into force on 29 March 2005 and is successfully being used in courtrooms across the country. According to Article 2 of the LPADV, domestic violence is: “any act of physical, mental or sexual violence, and any attempted such violence, as well as the forcible restriction of individual freedom and of privacy, carried out against individuals who have or have had family or kinship ties or cohabit or dwell in the same home.”

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