Coordinator for domestic violence in the Office of Kosovo prosecutor Natasa Radovic said in an interview to the Radio kontakt plus that in the first two months this year 60 cases of domestic violence were registered in northern Kosovo and that the victims were mostly women.
“In 2017 we had about 87 cases of domestic violence, in 2018 that figure increased to 144, and for 2019, I have a striking piece of information – that in these two months alone we had 60 cases”, Radovic said.
She elaborated that these data include all municipalities in northern Kosovo – Northern and South Mitrovica, Zvecan, Srbica, Leposavic, Zubin Potok and Vucitrn.
Radovic was participating in a radio broadcast “Women’s Right” which Radio kontakt plus is implementing as a part of the project “Promotion of Women’s Rights in Local Media”.
In the same broadcast Vesna Krivokapic from Kosovo police said that every type of violence should be reported immediately. In this way it also works preventively so that the violence does not become a tragedy.
Director of NGO “Women’s Right” from Mitrovica North Ruzica Simic emphasized the importance of reintegration of female victims of violence and spoke about the problem of violence against women.
“One of the ways of reintegration for this social group of women, who have no income, is to provide them with a kind of livelihood. We are also working on the employment of these women,” Simic said.
She added that education of women for certain profession is being conducted, that they do get small grants, if they have the opportunity and if they have a land parcel where they can organize the production.