KCSS is continuing to organize meetings with women and representatives of security and municipal institutions to discuss domestic violence and challenges in dealing with this problem. The last meeting was held in the Municipality of Kamenica, in cooperation with the Human Rights Unit of this municipality. The meeting was attended by representatives of the State Prosecutor's Office, representatives of the Kosovo Police and representatives of the Social Work Centre.
The meeting highlighted the lack of the Coordination Mechanism against Domestic Violence in this municipality, but nevertheless emphasised the very good cooperation among local institutions in dealing with this problem.
According to data from the State Prosecutor's Office, in Kamenica there are not many cases of domestic violence when compared to other municipalities, but more work is recommended in raising awareness of this negative phenomenon.
Another problem that was highlighted is the lack of confidentiality when reporting cases of domestic violence, and media interference and disclosure of personal data of victims and perpetrators. According to the participants, this is discouraging victims to report cases, but also third parties to report cases of domestic violence.
Similar to other municipalities, in Kamenica participants think that the treatment of perpetrators of violence is a major problem and the solution can reduce recurrent cases of violence. Also, social housing and shelter for victims after the end of their stay in Safehouses, remains a very significant problem in this 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.