Front page as support for victims of domestic violence

The issue of murder of women in domestic violence was highlighted at the end of June by the front page of the Sunday issue of Blic daily, which included a list of 321 names and surnames of women who died from domestic violence in Serbia over the last 10 years.

Pašalić: No systemic torture in Serbia

On the occasion of June 26, International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, the Ombudsman stated that there was no systemic torture in Serbia, only individual cases, stressing the importance of improving the protection of rights of detained persons.

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Even though elder abuse has been recognised as a social issue 45 years ago, when it was first mentioned in the British Journal of Science as ‘granny battering’ in 1975, the world has been marking the World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on June 15, since it was instituted by the United Nations in 2011.

Strategy for preventing violence against children

Serbian Government adopted the Strategy for Preventing and Protecting Children from Violence for the 2020-2023 period. This new document, realised with support by UNICEF, puts the focus of all activities on systematically preventive work of all institutions, but also control of realisation of defined measures.

Day of Remembrance for Women Victims of Violence

For three years now, Serbia has been marking May 18 as the National Day of Remembrance for Women Victims of Violence, but despite amended laws and tougher penalties, there is still no developed work on prevention, and the media largely continue to create an atmosphere in which violence is tolerated.

OSCE: Crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic is also affecting human trafficking

The Special Representative and Co-ordinator for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings noted in a statement on April 2 (CIO.GAL/44/20) that the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on human trafficking is deeply worrying. Without urgent and targeted action, this health and economic crisis threatens to become a trafficking crisis.

In 6 months, 1,902 citizens received free legal aid

In the first six months of the implementation of the Law on Free Legal Aid, the largest number of citizen requests asked for help with civil and administrative procedures, and a great number of requests arrived for victims of domestic violence.

It is important to report violence even in a state of emergency

The national SOS hotline rang 200 times in the first month of the declared state of emergency due to the coronavirus pandemic. At the same time, the police record half as many crimes during the state of emergency than last year in March and April.

OSCE: Protect women and children from domestic violence during isolation

VIENNA/COPENHAGEN/WARSAW - The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe called on governments today to take measures to protect women and children, given the worrying increase in domestic violence due to recommendations in many countries to stay at home and in isolation due to the coronavirus pandemic.

MIA reacts to violence regardless of extraordinary circumstances

The State Secretary of the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) Biljana Popović-Ivković pointed out tonight that the Ministry of the Interior is acting in all cases of domestic violence, regardless of extraordinary circumstances, and appealed to stop the spread of misinformation.

Women are still predominantly domestic violence victims

In three quarters of cases of domestic violence, the victims are women, according to the latest data from the Ministry of Justice. In January this year, 1,750 cases of domestic violence were registered, and since the beginning of the implementation of the Law on Prevention of Domestic Violence, which entered into force on June 1, 2017, until the end of January this year, more than 132,600 cases of domestic violence have been considered.

Victim support – Training for future trainers

Vršac – Within the auspices of the project “Support for victims and witnesses of crime in Serbia”, a two day training for future victim and witness support trainers was held in Vršac.

European Day for Victims of Crime, 22nd February - “BEHAVIOUR TOWARD VICTIMS – A TEST FOR ALL OF US”

The European Day for Victims of Crime is being marked in Serbia for the fifteenth time, and its goal is to make the consequences which the victims of crime suffer visible to the broader public and to encourage society to protect the rights of victims more efficiently and fully.

Guidelines for compensation of damage to victims presented in Novi Sad

More efficient court proceedings, exercising of rights of victims of serious crime and improvement of court practice in the field of compensation of damage to victims of serious crime, were main topics of the expert meeting held in Novi Sad within the framework of the “Support for Victims and Witnesses of Crime in Serbia” project.

Violence against women – a social issue

For the fourth consecutive time, Serbia is a part of a global campaign “16 days of activism against violence against women”, whose aim is to raise public awareness about the importance of the fight against violence.

Orange bus launches the campaign against violence against women

Within the framework of the “16 days of activism against violence against women” campaign, from November 25 to December 10, branded orange buses will circulate across streets of Belgrade, Novi Sad, Niš and Kragujevac carrying messages “Open your eyes, report violence”, “Maybe your sister endured violence”.

More efficient compensation proceedings for victims of severe crime through education

By improvement of court practices, victims of severe crime will be able to exercise their right to compensation of damage easier than before, when they were diverted to protracted litigation. This will be secured by the implementation of “The Guidelines for improvement of court practices for compensation proceedings for victims of serious crime in criminal proceedings” developed by the Supreme Court of Cassation Working Group, with support from the OSCE Mission in Serbia.

Harmonisation of legislation with the Victims’ Rights Directive

Pursuant to the working draft of the National Strategy for the Exercise of the Rights of Victims and Witnesses of Crime and Action Plan, OSCE Mission to Serbia coordinated and created two more expert groups within the framework of a 3-year project “Support for Victims and Witnesses of Crime in Serbia”, funded by the European Union, to work on working drafts of necessary amendments and modifications to criminal law and judicial laws and related by-laws.

65 human trafficking victims identified in half a year

During the first six months of this year, 65 victims and potential victims of human trafficking have been identified in Serbia, Director of the Center for Human Trafficking Sanja Kljajić told Tanjug news agency. She specifies that victims were identified in 53 of those cases, with 19 cases of sexual exploitation and 19 of labour exploitation.

European Anti-trafficking Day

Victims must have justice, including compensation, says Council of Europe Secretary General. To mark the 13th EU Anti-Trafficking Day, the European Commission is urging Member States to end the impunity of traffickers by stepping up prevention efforts and bringing perpetrators to justice.

Together in the fight against slavery

Three international organizations invited all citizens to join the fight against modern forms of slavery today, ahead of the European Anti-Trafficking Day. This statement was made by the heads of the International Labour Organization (ILO), International Organization for Migration (IOM) and OSCE.

Presentation of guidelines for the improvement of court practice in procedures for damage compensation for victims of criminal offenses

The possibility of exercising the right to compesation in criminal proceedings is one of the preconditions for establishing a criminal justice system that focuses on the needs of victims of crime. This is why considerable attention at this year's ‘Judges’ Days,’ the Annual Conference of Judges of the Republic of Serbia, was also dedicated to the presentation of “Guidelines for the Improvement of Court Practice in Procedures for Compensation for Victims of Serious Crimes in Criminal Procedure.”

Free legal aid for vulnerable social categories

The Law on Free Legal Aid came into force today, which means that welfare or parents’ benefits recipients, members of vulnerable groups – refugees, victims of violence, victims of human trafficking can now receive aid which will be covered from the budget.

“Judge days” about today’s judiciary

The annual conference of judges of the Republic of Serbia “Judge Days – 2019” will be organized by the Supreme Court of Cassation from 10th to 12th October in Vrnjačka Banja. The topics of the conference are: Judiciary today, Laws and their application and Current disputed issues in the court jurisprudence.

Long-awaited free legal aid begins in October

The right to free legal aid will be enjoyed around 600,000 citizens as of 1st October. It will only be provided by attorneys and legal departments of self-government units. The cases will be sent from municipal offices to attorneys from a list. Assistant Minister of Justice Čedomir Backović told RTS that this was the first systemic law on free legal aid in Serbia.

74 counselors for violence prevention in schools in the new school year

The Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development announced that it would hire 74 counselors for violence prevention in schools in the upcoming school year. These counselors will go through additional training on regulations and procedures in the field of protection from violence, rights, responsibilities and obligations of employees and children, students and parents.

Niš police empowering victims to report domestic abuse

For the purpose of empowering victims to recognize and report domestic abuse, the Police Administration of Niš started a three month campaign “Say NO to domestic abuse”.

Sixteen victims of trafficking, including eight minors

In the first half of this year, sixteen victims of trafficking, including eight minors, who were victims of sexual exploitation and forced marriages, were registered in Serbia - announced IBS SA (Office for Combating Human Trafficking) regarding July 30 - World day against trafficking in human beings.

Serbia prepared the Strategy for victim protection

Each year, 75 million in people become victims of violence, rape and robbery. Every victim that receives support has a chance to continue their lives with as few consequences as possible, experts say, which is why the government needs to establish a victim support system. Serbia has prepared the Strategy for Protection of Victims and Witnesses of Crime, and it has also prepared a draft Action Plan for the first three year of the strategy’s implementation.

Third media workshop on strengthening the rights of victims

Niš – From 2012 to May 2019, SOS phone in Serbia received 36,770 calls from 5,589 clients who reported some form of human trafficking and abuse. In their reaction to those calls, 504 victims of human trafficking were identified. Of that number, 34% were children – this is some of the data that Maria Anđelković, CEO of Astra NGO, revealed during the media workshop organized in Niš by the OSCE Mission to Serbia within the “Support to victims and witnesses of crime in Serbia” project.

Remembrance Day for Murdered Women Victims of Violence

Competent bodies in Serbia have discussed 88,188 reported cases and have carried out 23,176 plans of protection and support to victims within 22 months since the application of the Law on Prevention of Domestic Violence began, announces the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Serbia on the occasion of the Remembrance Day for Murdered Women Victims of Violence.

Sensationalist reporting causes revictimization danger

Novi Sad – In addition to informative, the media also occupy a significant educational role, and the sensitization of public largely depends on the reporting style. Hence, greater cooperation with the media, as well as improvement of their knowledge of rights and support to victims are an important part of the implementation of the “Support to victims and witnesses of crime in Serbia” project. To this end, after the Belgrade event, the second media workshop was held in Novi Sad. It was attended by media representatives from several cities in Vojvodina.

Professional reporting is an important support base for victims

Belgrade – Knowing the rights of victims, including the right to support, is the first step towards claiming them. The role of the media is extremely important in this matter – this is one of the messages of the very first media workshop on ways to improve reporting on victims and witnesses of crime, which was held in Belgrade within the “Support to victims and witnesses of crime in Serbia” project.

OSCE survey presented in Serbia: One third of women thinks domestic violence is a private matter

Belgrade – Approximately 85 percent of women in Serbia think that violence against women is a common practice and that it is common, and nearly one third (29%) agree that domestic violence is a private matter that should be handled within family, according to the OSCE Survey on Well-being and Safety of Women in South East and Eastern Europe, that has been presented today in Belgrade.

Electronic bracelets for victims of domestic violence

State Secretary of the Ministry of the Interior, Biljana Popović Ivković, announced that new measures will be introduced as part of the “Improvement of Women’s Safety in Serbia” project for protecting victims of domestic violence – a system of bracelets for victims and perpetrators of violence, the Internal Ministry of Serbia announced.

OSCE: Every second woman in Serbia exposed to psychological violence

Brussels – OSCE latest survey reveals that 70% of women from the territory of the Western Balkans, Moldova and Ukraine have experienced some form of violence.

Victims’ rights to be improved

The OSCE Mission and the Delegation of the European Union to Serbia, in partnership with the Ministry of Justice, held a conference in Belgrade today to mark European Day for Victims of Crime. The organisations presented the draft 2019-2025 National Strategy on the Rights of Victims and Witnesses of Crime. 

SOS Suicide Prevention line opened

Every year, approximately 1,500 people in Serbia commit suicide, which puts our country at the 13th spot in Europe, and in order to save lives, a national SOS suicide prevention line was opened at Dr Laza Lazarević Clinic for Mental Disorders.

People who are having suicidal thoughts or their family members can call 011/7777-000 and they can speak with psychiatrists, psychologists and social workers.

National SOS line opened for women victims of abuse

National SOS line 0800 – 222 003 is now open 24/7 for all women victims of abuse, who will then be taken care of by government services until they fully escape the crisis situation.

Human Rights Day observed

A ceremony at the Belgrade Modern Art Museum marked the Human Rights Day, the 70th anniversary since the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and the ending of the Human Rights Week, the organizers of the event stated.

Introduction to the Swedish model of support for victims

Members of the Working Group for drafting the National Strategy for Support for Victims and Witnesses visited Sweden at the beginning of December, in order to learn about the functioning of one of the most developed and comprehensive systems in this field.

European Anti-Trafficking Day

The European Anti-Trafficking Day was marked in Serbia with a series of activities whose goal is to raise awareness in the Serbian public about the information, trends and ways in which they can contribute to discovering and preventing human trafficking.

Support for victims and witnesses at „Judge Days”

The “Support for Victims and Witnesses of Crime in Serbia” project was presented at the annual meeting “Judge Days”, held in Vrnjačka Banja, which gathered 1500 judges from all over Serbia.

The goal of this three-year project is to establish a comprehensive national system of support for victims and witnesses; it is funded by the European Union with EUR 1.5 million, and the project is implemented by the OSCE Mission to Serbia.

OSCE Mission to Serbia and European Union support authorities in establishing nationwide support service to victims and witnesses of crime

The OSCE Mission to Serbia and the Delegation of the European Union to Serbia launched today in Belgrade a three-year project entitled Support for Victims and Witnesses of Crime in Serbia.

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