18.08.2020: Recommendations for dealing with Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence in the Western Balkans during the pandemic

Most of the Western Balkan governments declared a state of emergency or natural disaster in their respective countries, shortly after the COVID-19 was declared a pandemic on 11 March 2020. By the end of March 2020, all of the Balkan countries had some form of state of emergency, curfew, a list of measures and directions for self-isolation, quarantine measures, as well as various sanctions if these restrictions were not respected.

Sadly, some vulnerable categories, such as women victims of violence were completely excluded from the measures and recommendations, together with their children who are also under risk of domestic violence. The complete document containing the most important information about the recommendations for dealing with violence against women and domestic violence in the Western Balkans during the coronavirus pandemic are available here.

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