Safe houses/shelters for women and children victims of violence
Country: Bosnia and Herzegovina
Type of measure: Shelter or integrated service centre
Form of violence: Domestic violence | Trafficking | Violence against women in general
Level of government: National
There are nine (9) safe houses (shelters) for the protection of victims of family violence that are currently active in BiH, operating within the work of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) dealing with family violence. There are 244 victims of family violence situated in six (6) safe houses in the Federation of BiH, among which are the ADL Barcelona and the Woman BIH. In addition to the accommodation of victims of violence in a safe house, these NGOs are active in victims' counselling, prevention of trafficking, economic empowerment of women, strengthening the capacity of professionals in the institutions, the provision of medical services, work with a violent person, media campaigns. In total, 4937 direct beneficiaries were covered by these services in 2008, while the number of indirect beneficiaries is much higher
It bears noting that there is no safe house established by a government institution in the Federation of BiH, and that the majority of funding for the provision of adequate professional help to the victims of violence has been provided through international support. A fund in the amount of approximately € 350,000 from the government budget has been allocated in 2008 for the safe houses as a result of joint efforts of representatives of federal Government and NGOs.
In the Republika Srpska, there are three (3) safe houses, among which is the "Safe house" in Banja Luka, which meet the requirements prescribed by law, and their total capacity is of 57 beds. The strategy for combating domestic violence in the Republika Srpska will define future models and capacities for accommodation of victims of family violence, in line with the standards established by the Council of Europe recommendation according to which there should be one shelter for every 7500 - 10 000 inhabitants.
The mode of financing of safe houses is prescribed by the Law on Protection from Domestic Violence in the Republika Srpska: 70% of funding should be provided from the entity Government budget and 30% from the budget of the local communities. The Government of Republika Srpska, in the period 2003-2008, allocated around 350,000 € for the safe houses and the estimated allocation in the draft budget for 2010 is 200.000 €.
The institutional mechanisms dealing with gender issues and NGOs, in cooperation with the media, distributed information on the safety houses in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
campaign | collaboration with NGOs/CSOs | collaboration with the media | coordinated response | counseling/psychological care | data from shelter/integrated centre | employment support | free health care | free legal aid or assistance | government officials | health professionals | migrant women | multi/bi-lateral funding received | national funding allocated | shelter | social workers | training
Evaluation: No known evaluation undertaken to date.
Sources of information:
Response of the Government of Bosnia and Herzegovina to the questionnaire on violence against women 2010; CEDAW/C/BIH/1-3 p.18; Response of the government of Bosnia and Herzegovina to the questionnaire on Beijing +15, p. 19; CCPR/C/BIH/2 (2011), p. 12
Date information on this measure was last updated: 06-28-2011