/ Vranje, 14.03.2016. / Today, the Human Rights Committee Vranje – SOS Hotline Vranje in partnership with a local network of Vranje to combat violence against women in family and partner relationships organized a roundtable entitled „Harmonizing practice of recording victims of domestic violence through the numbers.“
About principles of identifying, reporting, and procedural protection, as well as treatment in institutions under special protocols in cases of violence against women and partner relationships, speakers were: Miroslava Despotovic, consultant of SOS phone, Julija Stosic, a social worker of CSW Vranje and expert associate of SOS phone Vranje, Sasa Stamenkovic, deputy commander of PD Vranje, Milica Petkovic, duty completer of Public Prosecutor of the Basic Public Prosecutor’s Office in Vranje, Stojadin Stankovic, President of the Basic Court in Vranje, Sladjana Stanisavljević, Chief of Emergency Medical Care Vranje.
The goal of the roundtable was to analyze the data recorded victims of domestic violence in 2014 and 2015 in institutions in Pcinjski and specialized emergency phone for help and support to victims of violence Vranje gain insight on where „losing“ the victims of domestic violence and to the most efficient way to connect institutions to discrepancies in figures – recorded victims of domestic violence decreased.
According to the information most relevant institutions in Vranje in 2015 recorded an increased number of registered reports of domestic violence compared to 2014. The largest number of registered the PD Vranje 726 applications were submitted and 97 criminal charges, which is 6.1% more than in 2014.
Total of 203 persons were reported for domestic violence to Basic Prosecutor’s Office in Vranje in 2015, while in 2014 was 166 reports. It is characteristic the fact that BPO rejected 131 criminal charges in 2015 or 64% of the total number of submitted criminal charges.
Specialized SOS Telephone Vranje has also recorded an increase in the number of calls compared to 2014. The number of calls has doubled and amounted to 224 calls in 2015.
It was said that some CSW and institutions in Pcinja district did not record any case of domestic violence in partner relationships.
In order to work efficiently Local network Vranje roundtable participants agreed to monthly meetings of local networks, to respect the basic principles of recognition of domestic violence, to avoid the pitfalls of stereotyping and personal prejudice against victims of domestic violence and to improve the system of collection of evidence, primarily in health care services.
HUMAN RIGHTS COMMITTEE VRANJE
SOS Hotline Vranje