A judge granted Lilia Eremia a restraining order against her abusive husband, who would often come home drunk and beat her, sometimes in front of their teenage daughters, Doina and Mariana.
The two girls felt helpless. Their father, who was a serving police officer, was ordered to stay away from the family home.
On one occasion, Lilia’s husband accosted her when she was walking down the street. Several days later, he forced his way into her home, in breach of the restraining order, assaulted Lilia and verbally abused Mariana.
Lilia reported these incidents but said the police pressured her into withdrawing her complaint. They warned her that her husband would lose his job if he was convicted, and this would harm their daughters’ life chances.
The next day, Lilia’s husband once again breached the restraining order by coming to the family home. He beat Lilia and threatened to kill her.
Prosecutors finally opened a criminal investigation, but then suspended it for a year on the condition that it would be reopened if Lilia’s abusive husband committed another offence during that time. They said that the man “did not represent a danger to society.”