Hundreds of cases of violence against women registered in Kosovo

Hundreds of cases of violence against women registered in Kosovo

Pristina, July 25, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Elton Tota

Violence against women is a phenomenon which threatens fundamental human rights in Kosovo.

This is stressed in the manual on violence against women and domestic violence in general presented by the EU office in Kosovo.

The head of the team for social development in the EU office, Gaby Hagmuler says that on an annual basis, the country registers 400 cases of domestic violence and violence against women.

“Based on the statistics of the Ministry of Justice, in 2012, there have been 1021 cases of domestic violence in Kosovo. In 800 cases, the victims were women, 260 perpetrators have been arrested and there have been 902 cases where criminal charges were pressed. Nonetheless, Kosovo has made little progress in addressing this phenomena”, said she.

Meanwhile,  manager of the “Reintegration of the Victims of Domestic Violence” project, Danila Zizi, said that the manual offers data which have been extracted from the situation on field and problems that women who want to escape violence, face.

“This is a manual that has been prepared based on the results of the meetings that we’ve had. The manual must be a document which would be easy to read by all of those who are interested to know more on violence based on gender”, declared Zizi.

Kosovo has eight centers that deal with cases of domestic violence. Three to five women from each center have managed to be reintegrated and learn different crafts. /ibna/