Visitation from Safe House in Sweden
Where are we now
In Serbia, since the beginning of 2016, 25 women lost their lives as result of family violence. Women are victims as wives, ex-wives, mothers, grandmothers, daughters.
In order to save lives of women in Serbia, Safe House in Belgrade continued sheltering women and children victims of violence in Serbia. Since the beginning of 2016 more than 90 women and more than 100 children used services provided within Safe Houses. Lawyers continue providing a free legal service to victims of domestic violence in limited extent considering that amount of money is still limited.
Through our lobbing activities we have managed to find suitable employment for another 5 women victim of violence that have been in our Safe house and according to them this made significant difference and enable them to continue life without violence, considering that economic reasons are proven to play important role when it comes to why women are staying with, or going back to perpetrator.
In Safe House we continue providing vocational, social and psychological support to women and children victims of domestic violence. We have managed to organize workshops specifically for children in Safe Houses. Additionally, we have managed to organize parenting school in order to provide mothers with skills to improve parenting, to use adequate methods and understand children better, considering that children are victims of violence when they are directly victims but also when they are observers. Since January 2016 professionals conducted 72 workshops with children in Safe houses and we have started parenting school where 33 women took part in this activity.
Dejana O., victim of violence and mother of two said “When I have started parenting school I did not find it very important, but on the classes I have found out why my kids are acting and reacting in certain way. I realized that they victims as well and I now I know how I can help them in future. It was very important for me“
In the Safe House we continue providing support but we have troubles finding resources for maintenance, and considering that we have numerous women and children equipment and furniture are worn down and need replacement or repair.
Thank you for contributing to our continuous efforts to help victims of domestic violence in Serbia and please spread the word about us.
Education for preschool teachers
Bathroom in Safe House that needs maintenace