Since the Law on Preventing Domestic Violence came into force a year and a half ago, 64,000 cases were registered, and over 16,000 individual protection plans made, the Beta news agency reported on Monday quoting Serbia’s Justice Ministry statement.
The statement added minister Nela Kuburovic said “it is not a shame to be a victim, the shame is on those who are violent and those who know about violence and don’t report it.”
Speaking in the Women Safe House in the northern city of Novi Sad, on the occasion of the international campaign “16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence,” Kuburovic said that the essence of the law was to “raise awareness of all of us to report violence.”
She added the number of reported cases showed the domestic violence figure was high, but also that the law encouraged women to report it and seek the institutional protection.
“We considered every case individually, defined necessary measures for each of them, and said the implementation of those measures must be monitored,” Kuburovic said.
The Ministry’s statement quoted her as saying that Serbia’s Parliament passed the Law on Free Legal Aid for the victims with the cost covered by the state and local communities’ budgets.
The Safe House manager Nada Padejski Sekerovic said 96 women found shelter in the institution since the beginning of 2018.
“There are 43 women and 53 children,” she said, adding that meant the city of Novi Sad saved the lives of 96 people.