In Serbia, 18 women died as a result of domestic violence in 2018 so far, which is the highest number of victims of domestic violence in the last 10 years.
Comparing the data from the last eight years, the Politika daily writes that, for instance, in 2010, a total of 18 women died from domestic violence, which is the same number of women who died in the first four months of this year alone.
Vanja Macanovic, from the Autonomous Women’s Centre, told the Politika that authorities still do not recognize what constitutes a high risk situation, and that every third woman, who was a killed as a result of domestic violence in 2017, had reported the violence to the police prior to being killed.
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Macanovic also commented on the effects of the Law on Prevention of Domestic Violence, adopted last year, and pointed out that the positive thing was that the state had introduced zero tolerance for violence.
The Politika also writes that 10,000 restraining orders against the perpetrators of domestic violence would probably be issued this year, and that the majority of these perpetrators will receive only probation.
The head of the Victimology Society of Serbia, Vesna Nikolic-Ristanovic, told the newspaper that repressive laws have no impact on the reduction of crime.
“Criminal laws cannot solve accumulated psychological and family problems. The work on preventing fatal outcomes should be intensified”, said Nikolic Ristanovic.
She added that perpetrators of domestic violence were rarely detained, and that a “trend” of suicides among the perpetrators of domestic violence was noticed.