Closing Conference: How much are Domestic Violence Protection Services and Institutions available to Women with Disabilities?


How acces­si­ble are the ser­vices and insti­tu­tions of domes­tic vio­lence pro­tec­tion to women with dis­abil­i­ties is the title of the final con­fer­ence of the Sup­port to Civ­il Soci­ety Orga­ni­za­tions project in pro­vid­ing ser­vices to women and girls who sur­vived vio­lence, espe­cial­ly to women from mar­gin­al­ized groups, such as women with dis­abil­i­ties and women vic­tims of rape and sex­u­al vio­lence.

The project is being imple­ment­ed byIZ KRUGAVOJVODINA in coop­er­a­tion with the Unit­ed Nations Agency for Gen­der Equal­i­ty and Women’s Empow­er­ment UN WOMEN and with the finan­cial sup­port of the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion and under the Stop the Vio­lence Against Women pro­gram in the West­ern Balka­ns and Turkey: apply­ing norms, chang­ing aware­ness.

The con­fer­ence was held on Mon­day, Novem­ber 25, 2019, start­ing at 11.00, in the Blue Hall of the City Assem­bly in Novi Sad.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives of rel­e­vant insti­tu­tions (Jus­tice, Social Care, Health Pro­tec­tion and Police) spoke at the con­fer­ence about what has been done in the last two years to improve the acces­si­bil­i­ty of insti­tu­tions and ser­vices in the sys­tem of pro­tec­tion against domes­tic vio­lence to women with dis­abil­i­ties.

There was talk of what needs to be done to ensure that ser­vices and insti­tu­tions for pro­tec­tion against domes­tic vio­lence become ful­ly acces­si­ble to women with dis­abil­i­ties and vic­tims of sex­u­al vio­lence.

The sem­i­nar was pre­sent­ed by: Andri­jana Cov­ic in front of the Orga­ni­za­tion for Sup­port of Women with Dis­abil­i­ties IZ KRUGA- VOJVODINA; Tat­jana Nikolic in front of the Vrsac City Coun­cil for Health and Social Wel­fare; Oliv­era Pejak Prokes in front of the Court of Appeal in Novi Sad; Ivan Radin in front of the Zren­janin Police Depart­ment; Jele­na Sto­ji­novic in front of the Cen­ter for Social Work in Srem­s­ka Mitro­vi­ca; Dan­i­ca Todor­ov in front of the Cen­ter for Vic­tims of Sex­u­al Vio­lence.

The coop­er­a­tion of the com­pe­tent insti­tu­tion for pro­tec­tion against domes­tic vio­lence with orga­ni­za­tions work­ing with women with dis­abil­i­ties and women vic­tims of sex­u­al vio­lence is a basic pre­req­ui­site for pro­vid­ing infor­ma­tion on ser­vices to reach a woman with dis­abil­i­ties, but also to make experts in insti­tu­tions pro­vid­ing sup­port ser­vices aware of the obsta­cles that need to be addressed.