… Iz Kruga — Vojvodina participated in the webinar Violence against women in a state of emergency


Coor­di­na­tor of the SOS ser­vice of the Orga­ni­za­tion IZ KRUGAVOJVODINA Ivana Zel­ic, par­tic­i­pat­ed in the webi­nar that was held on June 30, 2020. Ivana Zel­ic spoke about vio­lence against women with and with­out dis­abil­i­ties dur­ing the coro­n­avirus pan­dem­ic, the chal­lenges faced by women with dis­abil­i­ties dur­ing iso­la­tion, the way the Orga­ni­za­tion works dur­ing the state of emer­gency and the pro­vi­sion of indi­vid­ual psy­cho­log­i­cal sup­port and legal assis­tance. The orga­niz­er of the webi­nar is the Provin­cial Pro­tec­tor of Cit­i­zens — Ombuds­man, and the top­ic of the orga­nized meet­ing is Vio­lence against women in a state of emer­gency.

The webi­nar of the Provin­cial Pro­tec­tor of Cit­i­zens was held in order to exchange expe­ri­ences of rep­re­sen­ta­tives of com­pe­tent insti­tu­tions and NGOs in the fight against domes­tic vio­lence and part­ner­ships dur­ing the pan­dem­ic of the COVID 19 virus. The webi­nar also dis­cussed the imple­men­ta­tion of the Law on Pre­ven­tion of Domes­tic Vio­lence, avail­abil­i­ty and pro­vi­sion dif­fer­ent types of ser­vices and mea­sures to help sup­port vic­tims of domes­tic vio­lence and part­ner rela­tion­ships in the state of emer­gency.

Cri­sis sit­u­a­tions, such as the COVID 19 pan­dem­ic, increase the risk of domes­tic vio­lence and part­ner­ships, and women and chil­dren are par­tic­u­lar­ly vul­ner­a­ble to abuse. Peo­ple who expe­ri­ence domes­tic vio­lence are forced to stay in their home with the abuser, iso­lat­ed from oth­er peo­ple. Such con­di­tions allow for increased con­trol of the vic­tim by the per­pe­tra­tor and make it dif­fi­cult for the vic­tim to leave.

At the meet­ing it was point­ed out that dur­ing the peri­od of emer­gency has decreased the num­ber of entries insti­tu­tions to domes­tic vio­lence, but that was the increased num­ber of calls on non-gov­ern­men­tal orga­ni­za­tions through the SOS phone. NGOs adapt­ed more eas­i­ly to emerg­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties, respond­ed quick­ly, and were gen­er­al­ly avail­able 24 hours a day.

In addi­tion to the Deputy Provin­cial Ombuds­man for Gen­der Equal­i­ty Snezana Kneze­vic, the con­fer­ence was attend­ed by: the coor­di­na­tor of the SOS ser­vice for women with expe­ri­ence of domes­tic vio­lence Ivana Zel­ic, a judge of the Basic Court in Novi Sad Dani­jela Vemic, pro­fes­sor at the Fac­ul­ty of Law in Nis and a rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the Women’s Research Cen­ter prof. Dr. Neve­na Petru­sic, Coor­di­na­tor for Com­bat­ing Vio­lence against Women at the UNDP Maja Brankovic Djundic, grad­u­at­ed social work­er from the Cen­ter for Social Work Stara Pazo­va Rad­mi­la Sto­janovic, coor­di­na­tor of the Safe Women’s House in Novi Sad Dr. Nada Pade­js­ki Sekerovic, coor­di­na­tor of the Safe Women’s House in Som­bor Tama­ra Savovic, rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the SOS Women’s Cen­ter in Novi Sad Ivana Per­ic, rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the Asso­ci­a­tion of Roma Novi Becej Ves­na Cer­i­movic and sci­en­tif­ic advi­sor of the Insti­tute of Social Sci­ences, Dr. Zor­i­ca Mrse­vic.



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