Police-Issued Eviction Order

Domestic Violence in Families with Children: What happens after the Police-Issued Eviction Order?

Project period

01.09.2017 – 31.01.2022

Project staff

Dr. Anja Stiller (project manager)

Carolin Neubert

Jan Schuhr (student assistant)

Monika Haug (advisory role)


Deutsche Kinderhilfe e.V.

Project description

In the course of the amendments made by the Act on the Protection against Violence in 2002 (BGBl. I (2001) 3513), police regulations of the federal states were also adapted and instruments for temporary referral from the housing (so-called eviction order) 14 days. This reference can be pronounced by the police in case of domestic violence. In the context of the present study, questions about the phenomenon (including appearance), the measures implemented following an eviction order (including other police measures, family judicial decisions, co-operation of institutions involved) as well as the effect (like family modifications) are to be answered. The focus is always on cases of domestic violence in which children are affected. In this context, the Youth Office is to be emphasized as a central actor, which is to be informed in such cases and in cases with an additional eviction order by the police (PDV 382 No. 3.2.7).

Methodologically, a multimethodal approach was chosen to answer the questions, which, in the context of the measures actually implemented, combined the institutional perspective with the perspective concerned. Within the framework of the formal-institutional perspective, the case study in the juvenile offices is at the forefront. To this end, files are analyzed and a nationwide online survey of youth workers is carried out with a focus on the procedure (formal / informal). In addition, individual case analyzes are carried out in order to generate deepening-case-related aspects. Interviews with affected persons and the relevant case workers are conducted and the files of these 15 selected cases are analyzed qualitatively. The focus here is on the interaction dynamics between the families and the state institutions as well as the effect of state measures.