VALIDATION WORKSHOPS IN ZENICA AND BRČKO DISTRICT
Last week, "Medica" Zenica held a two-day validation workshop in Zenica and Brčko District, where it presented research and guidelines for multi-sectoral treatment and cooperation of entities protecting victims of domestic violence and gender-based violence in the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The research and guidelines carried out in the period March-June 2020 covered the activities and actions of cross-sectoral resources or institutions regarding assistance, support and protection of victims of domestic violence in the conditions of restrictive measures due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Research has shown that the increase in domestic violence is 75 percent higher than in previous years. Imposed living conditions, daily and bad news, affected mental health and problems of domestic violence. Director of "Medica", Dr. sci. Sabiha Husić pointed to a frequent situation that happened within the sector, namely that only one person was in charge of providing assistance and protection to victims of violence, and when that person went on vacation or sick, there was no replacement.
"It cannot happen that victims of violence do not receive adequate support because one person is absent," added Husić.
Representatives of public institutions and services, as well as the non-governmental sector, agreed that the obtained research results were objective, but during the validation workshops they worked specifically on the development of guidelines within the sector so that victims of violence would receive adequate help and support in the future.
"We want to say that in crisis situations, which are still ongoing, crisis headquarters should be more sensitive to the topic of domestic violence," Husić said.
The head of the Jajce Police Department, Bare Pršlja, stated that, in accordance with the Law on the Protection of Violence in the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, a Coordinating Body has been formed and that they work successfully and in a multisectoral manner to protect every victim.
"That is, that every protective measure is fully implemented, because only then does the victim benefit. To feel that she is protected and that someone is taking care of her. The law clearly defined, everyone can be both victims and bullies," Pršlja added.
"I believe that we will not be violent if we know the material and if we are ready to protect others. That's why it's important to educate professional and competent people who can help everyone," Pršlja said.
At the validation workshops that lasted two days in Zenica and Brčko District, it was unanimously concluded that problems and challenges should not be an obstacle for victims of violence to receive adequate help and support, and that it is necessary for everyone to act within their competences and capabilities.