KCSS is continuing to organize meetings with women, representatives of security institutions and municipal institutions to discuss domestic violence and challenges in dealing with this problem. The last meeting was held on the 16th of September 2022 in the Municipality of Drenas.
The Deputy Mayor of the Municipality, representatives from the Kosovo Police, representatives from the Center for Social Work and activists of this municipality participated in the meeting. According to statistical data from the Kosovo Police in Drenas, the number of reported cases of domestic violence is still high, but has decreased since the time of the pandemic. There was a need to raise awareness among adult citizens for reporting cases of violence. The main problems highlighted were old traditions, jealousy and difficult economic conditions.
Officials from the Center for Social Work focus on the difficulty they face due to the legal contradictions between the law on family and the law on domestic violence. Further, social assistance and the ways in which the municipality can contribute to the work of this center were discussed.
During the discussion, the parties noted the damage caused by the media when they violate the confidentiality of victims of domestic or sexual violence. Citizens expressed their concerns about recidivist cases and gave suggestions for a safer municipality.
This activity is supported by the program of the Kosovo Civil Society Foundation (KCSF) 'EJA Kosovo', co-financed by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), Sweden and the Government of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.