Advancing Support Services for Women with Disabilities and Women Rape Survivors


IZ KRUGAVOJVODINA, Orga­ni­za­tion Pro­vid­ing sup­port to Women with Dis­abil­i­ties, in coop­er­a­tion with the UN Enti­ty for Gen­der Equal­i­ty and Empow­er­ment of Women (UN Women) and with the sup­port of Euro­pean Com­mis­sion, has start­ed a project aimed at advanc­ing the sup­port ser­vices sys­tem for women with dis­abil­i­ties expe­ri­enc­ing vio­lence.

The over­all goal of the project is for insti­tu­tions and oth­er ser­vice providers of gen­er­al and spe­cial­ized sup­port ser­vices for women sur­vivors of any type of vio­lence to have a capac­i­ty to imple­ment stan­dards pro­scribed by the CEDAW and Istan­bul Con­ven­tion when han­dling com­plaints of women with dis­abil­i­ties expe­ri­enc­ing any kind of vio­lence, with spe­cial focus on sex­u­al vio­lence.

Besides only par­tial sta­tis­tics, Ser­bia and Vojvo­d­i­na have no sys­tem­at­ic analy­ses con­cern­ing domes­tic and part­ner­ship vio­lence that affects women with dis­abil­i­ties. This project will col­lect data on the num­ber of women with dis­abil­i­ties expe­ri­enc­ing gen­der based vio­lence, as well as their expe­ri­ence with the sup­port ser­vices in health­care and wel­fare, as well as secu­ri­ty-pro­vid­ing author­i­ties. The research and data analy­sis will be done in coop­er­a­tion with orga­ni­za­tions of per­sons with dis­abil­i­ties and women’s orga­ni­za­tions pro­vid­ing sup­port to women in sit­u­a­tions of vio­lence and will include towns where there are Cen­ters for Vic­tims of Sex­u­al Vio­lence (Novi Sad, Sub­ot­i­ca, Srem­s­ka Mitro­vi­ca, Vršac, Zren­janin, Kikin­da and Som­bor).

The analy­sis will indi­cate the extent to which health­care and wel­fare sys­tem, the police and judi­cia­ry are acces­si­ble to women with dis­abil­i­ties and point to the key obsta­cles faced by these women when access­ing pro­tec­tion ser­vices. At the same time, good prac­tice rec­om­men­da­tions for chang­ing the exist­ing pro­ceed­ing and atti­tudes in order to advance the legal and strate­gic frame­work will be com­mu­ni­cat­ed to all rel­e­vant nation­al Min­istries and Provin­cial Sec­re­tari­ats. Five towns will be select­ed for fur­ther men­tor­ship based coop­er­a­tion in order for them to imple­ment the best prac­tices in spe­cial­ized ser­vices pro­vi­sion to women with dis­abil­i­ties. The project will result in a pub­li­ca­tion encom­pass­ing a base­line analy­sis, an overview of its find­ings and rec­om­men­da­tions, good prac­tices and con­clu­sions.