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„BUILDING OF CAPACITY II“

supported by the OAQ Foundation

The project "Building of Capacity II" was an upgrade of the project that was implemented in 2009, because it involves the development of a multidisciplinary approach between the 63 signatories to the Agreement on Cooperation and the Protocol on Cooperation through five-day trainings and two months meetings.

The project included all the municipalities of the Eastern Herzegovina (Trebinje, Ljubinje, Gacko, Nevesinje, Bileća and Berkovići).

The aim of the project was to provide a multidisciplinary approach to combating domestic violence and providing adequate support to victims of domestic violence in the Eastern Herzegovina, as well as the establishment of counseling centers for women in order to educate them in the area of health education and increasing worries about their own health, but also work with them through self-help groups in order to build their own capacities.

Thanks to the series of three five-day training programs that were successfully implemented in Neum for 84 people, according to the planned project, cooperation between professionals from government and NGOs sectors in the Eastern Herzegovina has improved, on the one hand by increasing the level of knowledge and skills on the topic of domestic violence and work with victims and on the other hand the improvement of mutual cooperation. Education that was held was very important for the whole region because except for informative and educational nature the aim also was sensitization of the participants and their mutual socialization in order they would tomorrow achieve co-operation more easily because it is necessary to emphasize that work and synchronized multi-disciplinary approach of the places where the violence was reported is very important (NGOs, police, the Health Center, Centers for Social Work, Prosecutor's office and Courts with the support of schools and kindergartens. Given that some institutions work directly with victims and therefore have more contact with them, such as the Police, Centre for Social Welfare, the court in relation to schools, kindergartens and the media, so we have included greater number of people institutions uključuli increasing number of people from these institutions in this education. For these reasons the group classification was done, and , so that the first group was made of representatives from the police and those who worked directly with victims, another group composed of representatives of the judiciary, prosecution and public health (community health workers doctors-gynecologists and doctors from service of emergency ambulance services and nurses), and third group was composed of representatives from schools, NGOs, media and kindergartens. At the end of training all participants received certificates and book "Ethics of power" by Edita Ostojic and that was just meant for professionals who worked with cases of violence against women and children,in this job. As a result of such improved multi-disciplinary approach is increment of the confidence of victims in the work of institutions and more adequate support for them, which contributed to increment of the number of reports of domestic violence.

During this period, 18 meetings were held, and every other month at a meeting in each of the six municipalities of the Eastern Herzegovina (Trebinje, Ljubinje, Nevesinje, Bileća, Berkovići and Gacko),with the purpose of mutual reporting of the work on this topic, sharing experiences, learned lessons and arrangements for joint action.

In counseling for women in order to educate them in the health area, the doctor(female) normally works on Saturdays from 14-18 o'clock, the advice was sought by a total of 49 women victims of domestic violence. These women themselves directly asked for advice from doctor by personally coming to office in this period. Some of them first contacted us by telephone and then in person while some of them came at the initiative of friends or close relatives. The most common information that women seeked were information on the thyroid gland, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, diseases of the reproductive organs and menopause.

In the second half of 2010 57 women searched help in the counselings for victims of domestic violence, 38 of them by personal contact, 19 of them via SOS phone. As our organization is not organized to provide free legal aid,so we have established close cooperation with a free legal service that is opened by the Ministry of Justice of Republic of Srpska in our city and to which we direct our clients.

In about 90% of cases there are more forms of violenceat the same time (psychological, physical and economic). In most cases, we cooperate with the police, social services centers, prosecutors, school and kindergartens. Prosecutor's office launched the initiative for us to include our organization in more difficult cases. Since there is still no safe house for the region, victims often give up on going to the Shelter home, which are located over 350 km from their environments, which poses an obstacle to starting the job, school, etc. so that they remain in abusive families which sometimes automatically represents endangering their lives.