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“CAPACITY BUILDING II”

supported by the OAQ Foundation

The project „capacity Building II“ is a continuation of a project implemented in 2009 because it includes the development of multidisciplinary approach among 63 signatories of the Agreement on Cooperation and Protocols on Cooperation through five-day education and meetings on a two-month level. The Project encompasses all Eastern Herzegovina municipalities (Trebinje, Ljubinje, Gacko, Nevesinje, Bileća and Berkovići).

The goal of the project was to provide a multidisciplinary approach to combat domestic violence and offer more appropriate support to victims of domestic violence in Eastern Herzegovina as well as establishment of a counselling place for women aimed at health education and increase of care for the health of this category and work with them through groups for self-support aimed at development of their own capacities.

During the reporting period, we held 36 meetings altogether, i.e. in each Eastern Herzegovina municipality (Trebinje, Ljubinje, Gacko, Nevesinje, Bileca and Berkovići) six meetings with signatories of the Agreement on Cooperation. These meetings were used as an opportunity to exchange information on victims of domestic violence, agree concrete actions referring to specific cases of domestic violence and joint local actions and actions of general interest that could improve the position of victims of domestic violence. During the 16 days of activism, we organized meetings in each municipality to additionally emphasize the issue of domestic violence and we implemented the activity entitled “Bijela vrpca - White Ribbon“.

During the reporting period, a total number of 117 women victims of domestic violence obtained information from the health protection field. Doctor provided counseling to our beneficiaries in the premises of the Women’s Centre every Saturday from 14:00 to 18:00. Thus, 81 women referred on a direct way and other following the recommendation of the team for psycho social support and/or invitation from our office.

During the reporting period we had 90 cases of reported domestic violence wherefrom 58 through personal referral and 32 through telephone call. Of the 32 cases reported through a telephone call, 13 came to our office following our advice. We had a number of interventions where we worked together with the police, two cases on the invitation of the prosecutor’s office and even a reported domestic violence case from the neighboring country Serbia because it was a border region. In that case, we informed the Serbian police, from municipality Priboj who were very professional and they sent us feedback information on actions undertaken. There was also an increased number of calls from the Federation of BH and from distant parts of the Republic of Srpska requesting our support. Supervision that was provided in continuity during the reporting period was extremely important to our team. On follow-up meetings that we organized on a monthly level, we discussed each individual case and often invited representatives from other institutions to provide appropriate support to victims, including the search for an employment, contacting the Gender centre, municipal commissions for gender equality, nurseries, primary and secondary schools, Children’s day centre and police.