The number of people suspected of abusing a partner and having been banned from returning to their homes for a temporary period has been relatively low in recent years, according to the daily de Morgen on Friday. 98,093 reports of domestic violence in 2013 and 2014 resulted in only 65 home bans, stated the minister of Justice, Koen Geens, in response to a question he was asked in parliament. A law introduced in 2012 enables the Crown prosecutor to order a home ban in cases of domestic violence where the presence of an adult in a household is thought to put one or several people living in that home, at risk.
In such cases, the suspect has to immediately leave the shared home and can no longer be in or near it for the duration of the ban. The Crown prosecutor can also impose a restraining order.