Rarely, it was the victim's doctor who alerted the justice system.
Judged in immediate appearance Friday, November 25 at the Reims Criminal Court, a 38-year-old man was sentenced to one year in prison, with a probationary sentence of 18 months, for violence committed against a 35-year-old woman.
The prosecution had requested two years in prison, one of which was suspended.
The convict also has the obligation to compensate the victim and is prohibited from contacting her and appearing at her home.
He also has the obligation to follow care.
The victim was the mistress of the condemned man, PACS and father of two children.
The physical and psychological violence suffered by the victim lasted from May to October 2022. Among them, a double thumb injury, slaps causing bruises, daily "
" - with a ban on talking to men -, or even the obligation to call her lover during professional meetings attended by men.
In total, the victim accumulated 44 days of ITT (total incapacity for work).
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This situation prompted the victim to confide in her doctor, also a woman.
The latter made a report by mail to the public prosecutor of Reims.
Such a file, with a report on the initiative of a doctor, is a first in Reims.
This is the result of a law of July 2020 which allows a doctor to lift medical secrecy under very specific conditions to report domestic violence
, ”explains to
Me Camille Romdane, lawyer for the victim.
This doctor helped bring to light a situation that had gone on for too long.
Without his intervention, the situation would have continued.
This is a definite step forward for the violence of domestic victims because it makes it possible to override the filing of a complaint.
A victim may be afraid to file a complaint
, ”recalls the criminal lawyer.