Disclose Violence – Action in the Campus


On Wednes­day, 6 Decem­ber from 13–15 h, two orga­ni­za­tions — …IZ KRUGAVOJVODINA and SOS WOMEN’S CENTER – orga­nized a street action in the Novi Sad Uni­ver­si­ty cam­pus with­in the 16 Days of Activism against Gen­der-Based Vio­lence glob­al cam­paign. The aim of the action was to increase the capac­i­ty of stu­dents to rec­og­nize cas­es of part­ner­ship vio­lence and their infor­ma­tion about orga­ni­za­tions in Novi Sad pro­vid­ing sup­port to women expe­ri­enc­ing vio­lence.

The women activists from …IZ KRUGAVOJVODINA and SOS WOMEN’S CENTER dis­trib­uted info mate­ri­als to stu­dents, ask­ing them also a cou­ple of ques­tions con­cern­ing gen­der-based vio­lence.

The info mate­ri­als con­tained basic infor­ma­tion on ser­vices pro­vid­ed to women expe­ri­enc­ing gen­der-based vio­lence by these two orga­ni­za­tions, a note­book with illus­tra­tions of sit­u­a­tions rep­re­sent­ing warn­ing signs re. part­ner­ship vio­lence, as well as pens and key pen­dants with the helpline num­ber.

The stu­dents’ response to the action was very good. A total of 101 stu­dents respond­ed to the ques­tion­naire and got the info-pack­age. Female stu­dents are more aware than male ones that the most fre­quent per­pe­tra­tors of vio­lence in a part­ner­ship are men (78.48% cf. 47.37% respec­tive­ly). How­ev­er, a high pro­por­tion of both female and male stu­dents (62.03% and 63.16% respec­tive­ly) believe the prej­u­dice that alco­hol and drugs abuse are the most com­mon rea­sons of part­ner­ship vio­lence to be true. A lit­tle less than half of the inter­vie­wees (43%) have heard about the SOS Women’s Cen­ter, while only 13% of them have heard about …IZ KRUGAVOJVODINA orga­ni­za­tion. The poll results indi­cate that it is nec­es­sary to work on aware­ness rais­ing among the stu­dent pop­u­la­tion on gen­der-based vio­lence and inform them about rel­e­vant ser­vice providers.