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Regional Meeting on Supporting Crime Victims in Serbia

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IZ KRUGAVOJVODINA is one of the orga­ni­za­tions with its con­tact data and descrip­tion of ser­vices it pro­vides to women with and with­out dis­abil­i­ties expe­ri­enc­ing gen­der based vio­lence enlist­ed in the pub­li­ca­tion enti­tled ‘A Guide to Orga­ni­za­tions Pro­vid­ing Assis­tance and Sup­port to Vic­tims in Ser­bia’.

The Guide, pre­sent­ed on a region­al meet­ing con­cern­ing crime vic­tims in Ser­bia held in Novi Sad on 15 May, was one of the three pub­li­ca­tions issued with­in the frame­work of the Rais­ing Aware­ness on the Victim’s Rights in Ser­bia Project of the Vic­ti­mol­o­gy Soci­ety of Ser­bia. The goal of pub­lish­ing the Guide denotes a wish to pro­vide a more effi­cient – faster and more effec­tive – access to infor­ma­tion avail­able to vic­tims in their imme­di­ate sur­round­ings both to crime vic­tims in the Repub­lic of Ser­bia and insti­tu­tions and orga­ni­za­tions get­ting in touch with them in order to devel­op their com­mu­ni­ca­tion with vic­tims. The meet­ing was there­fore a chance for pro­fes­sion­als from wel­fare cen­ters, region­al courts and pub­lic pros­e­cu­tors’ offices, civ­il soci­ety orga­ni­za­tions and human rights insti­tu­tions to share their expe­ri­ence with the rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the pub­lish­er of the Guide.

The sec­ond pub­li­ca­tion pre­sent­ed was ‘A Guide to the Ser­bian Crim­i­nal Jus­tice Sys­tem’. It con­tains sim­pli­fied expla­na­tions of key terms, pro­ceed­ings before rel­e­vant author­i­ties and their pos­si­ble out­comes aimed at infor­ma­tion of per­sons who have decid­ed to report crimes com­mit­ted against them. The meet­ing atten­dees found the third, online pub­li­ca­tion, aka an inter­ac­tive map of orga­ni­za­tions and state insti­tu­tions pro­vid­ing sup­port to vic­tims, the most attrac­tive. Besides a pos­si­bil­i­ty to search it by an organization’s or institution’s loca­tion, name, pro­file and type of its ser­vices avail­able to vic­tims, the map offers its users con­tact infor­ma­tion, details about the field of work, tar­get groups, as well as types of sup­port pro­vid­ed by tens of orga­ni­za­tions and insti­tu­tions.

Refer­ring to years of expe­ri­ence of …IZ KRUGAVOJVODINA orga­ni­za­tion in work­ing with women expe­ri­enc­ing domes­tic and part­ner­ship vio­lence dur­ing the dis­cus­sion, as well as her own expe­ri­ence in human rights pro­mo­tion, Anki­ca Dra­gin, the PR Man­ag­er of …IZ KRUGAVOJVODINA, point­ed to cer­tain tech­ni­cal and acces­si­bil­i­ty aspects of the inter­ac­tive map and pos­si­bil­i­ties of its pro­mo­tion. The meet­ing orga­niz­ers and par­tic­i­pants sup­port­ed the sug­ges­tion to pro­vide users of the map with as sim­ple as pos­si­ble a way to send mes­sages to sup­port-pro­vid­ing orga­ni­za­tions by means of this map, rec­og­niz­ing also the need to pro­mote it in online ads and the social media. An espe­cial­ly wel­come sug­ges­tion was to cre­ate a spe­cial smart­phone appli­ca­tion for an increased acces­si­bil­i­ty of the map, with no need to access it via Inter­net browsers.

Pre­pared by Anki­ca Dra­gin

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