ArmInfo.As part of the fight against domestic violence, a system of electronic bracelets will be introduced in Armenia from July 2025. On November 17, the Cabinet of Ministers of Armenia approved the procedure for applying and financing electronic control measures, as well as maintaining a database of the electronic control system that determines the procedure for using data.
As Minister of Internal Affairs Vahe Ghazaryan stated when presenting the draft decision, a corresponding legislative package was adopted in 2023, which makes it possible to protect victims in the fight against domestic violence in a more effective way, that is, through electronic monitoring means, the so-called. electronic bracelets.
"As a result, the violator will be under electronic monitoring, both as part of emergency intervention and as part of the decision to use a remedy," he said.
The entire monitoring process will be carried out in a digital format, which will make it possible to understand without human intervention whether the electronic monitoring procedure assigned to the violator has been violated, and if so, then an automatic system that detects the violation through an alarm will allow the police to take appropriate measures.
"The adoption of the draft will be a step forward in the fight against domestic violence in terms of increasing the efficiency of the efforts of competent police officers of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Armenia through technological solutions," Ghazaryan emphasized.
Similar bracelets are already used in Armenia, for example, as part of house arrest and for administrative control. The Ministry of Internal Affairs plans to purchase about 200 bracelets.
Earlier, Deputy Head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Armenia Arpine Sarkisyan, during the presentation of the draft amendments to the law "On the prevention of domestic violence, protection of those subjected to violence and restoration of family harmony", said that the violatort and the victim will have electronic monitoring devices installed, with the help of which a signal will be sent to the competent authority in case of approaching each other or other violations.
The devices (200 pieces) will cost 560 million drams. Last year alone, Sargsyan noted, law enforcement agencies received 1,547 reports of domestic violence, and 1,175 people were already registered as perpetrators of violence. Statistics reflect only recorded cases (a significant proportion of victims of violence do not report it).
"In 556 cases, a warning was given to the violators, in 619 a decision was made on urgent intervention, in 6 cases the remedy was applied in court," the deputy minister added. This is an additional amendment to the current law, the deputy minister said: it is aimed at making the violator realize that he cannot approach the person who has suffered from him. According to Sargsyan, this can become a fairly effective means of control.