PROTOCOL ON ACTIONS, PREVENTION OF AND PROTECTION AGAINST FAMILY VIOLENCE

Mar 28, 2012
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PROTOCOL ON ACTIONS, PREVENTION OF AND PROTECTION AGAINST FAMILY VIOLENCE

  • Procedures and institutional cooperation regarding family violence and violence against women -

Note

Within the Gender Equality Program of IPA 2010, implemented in partnership between the Ministry for Human and Minority Rights of Montenegro, UNDP and the EU Delegation to Montenegro, a workshop was organized in Becici, on 28-30 September 2011. The workshop was attended by the representatives of the Montenegrin institutions involved in prevention of violence and assistance to victims, including line ministries, representatives of the centers for social work, judicial authorities, the police and the Misdemeanor Court. Besides, the workshop was also attended by the non-governmental organizations Shelter for Women (Sigurna zenska kuca), SOS Podgorica, SOS Niksic and UNICEF and UNHCR representatives.The goal of this workshop was to define principles and manner of work of the individual institutions and to discuss the various aspects of cross-sector cooperation. The workshop was managed by Branka Zigante-Zivkovic, judge of the High Misdemeanor Court of Croatia, as a consultant of the UNDP Office in Podgorica.

Based on the discussion, Ms. Zigante-Zivkovic prepared the first draft of the protocol, while the UNICEF Office in Podgorica hired Ivana Stevanovic PhD, President of the Center for Rights of Children in Belgrade, to write the draft version of Part III related to children.

After the period of one month of harmonization of the text, where all the relevant institutions were involved, the Protocol was officially signed on 25 November.

The Gender Equality Team of IPA 2010 extends its gratitude to all the participants in this process who have given their contribution to making the text of the Protocol clear, understandable and compatible with the existing legal and strategic framework. Besides, the Team is pleased with the fact that during the work on this Protocol, good climate was created for implementation of the Protocol in the spirit of good inter-institutional and cross-sector cooperation, as a necessary prerequisite for efficient prevention and protection of victims of family violence and violence against women.