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 Kllokot, in cooperation with the Office for Communities and Return.
The meeting was attended by the Major of this municipality, members of Kosovo Police, representatives from “Monsig” organization and women from Serb and Albanian communities of this municipality. According to police statistics, the number of recorded incidents of domestic violence is low when compared to other municipalities; thus, there is a need to raise community awareness about reporting cases of domestic abuse or violence against women.
The issue of confidentiality was also raised by the participants of this meeting, as the media are making it harder to keep the anonymity of people involved in domestic violence cases, which leads to people being discouraged to report other similar cases to relevant institutions. Additionally, the need to establish the Coordinating Mechanism against Domestic Violence was emphasized, since this institution is not functional in this municipality.
During the discussion, it was noted that more effort must be made to inform the citizens of this municipality about this negative phenomenon, as well as to strengthen capacity building in institutions that tackle this issue in the community.
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.