The risk to the health of his wife and children – a reason to leave her husband, believe in the ROC

© RIA Novosti / Michael Voskresenskiye in fotoreceptori Hilarion. Archival photoThe risk to the health of his wife and children – a reason to leave her husband, believe in the ROC© RIA Novosti / Michael Voskresenskiye the image Bank

Better wife to leave her husband if his violent actions endanger the health of her or her children, and the conversations and the intervention of the priest not helping, the head of the Department for external Church relations of the Moscow Patriarchate, Metropolitan Hilarion.

So it was the TV channel «Russia 24» commented the acclaimed crime when the man brought his wife to the forest and cut off her hands. Serpukhov court of Moscow on 15 November sentenced a man to 14 years in prison of strict regime, and ordered him to pay the victim compensation in the amount of 2 million 35 thousand rubles for moral damages.

«If the husband is showing signs of violence, then the wife should try to talk to him, to find a common language, however, in the case where the cohabitation with such a husband poses a potential risk to the health of women or children, it is better to leave than to stay, to let things come to such tragic incidents,» – said Metropolitan Hilarion.

According to him, the wife always retained some confidence to her husband, and she cannot imagine that her husband might in a similar way to do it. «But if the warning signs are obvious, of course, need to report to the appropriate authorities», — said the Hierarch.

He also suggested that people faced with domestic violence, to consult with the priest. «The intervention of a priest is very often protects the family from destruction and to save a woman from violence, which she may endure from her husband,» – said the representative of the Russian Orthodox Church.

Speaking about the recently adopted amendments to the legislation, suggesting the decriminalization of domestic violence, Metropolitan Hilarion said that «from this law no one will win.» «We need to use every possible effort to ensure that violence ceased to be the norm. Unfortunately, that now it is not, evidenced by the number of tragic cases, about which we know. But there are many more similar incidents about which we know nothing, because it all happens behind closed doors and not be imposed beyond the home, beyond family,» — said the representative of the Russian Orthodox Church.