Monday, July 23, 2018


Initial premise of the Autonomous Women's Center is that policies, in order to fight against violence against women, at the local and national level should be consistent with international standards and good practices in this field. In accordance with the strategic goals, that the Convention of the United Nations and the Council of Europe should be implemented well by the state and that in the process of joining the European Union we must respect the human rights of women, Autonomous Women's Center consistently monitors the implementation of and advocates for a comprehensive, coherent, relevant, specific, efficient and effective national policies against violence against women.

Autonomous Women's Center has sent a letter to the Minister of Internal Affairs on the occasion of adoption of the Special protocol for treatment of police officers in cases of violence against women and violence in intimate relationship with the request to delete section 3.7. False Report from the Protocol.

AWC welcomes the adoption of the document and states that, except for the disputed paragraph, a special Protocol for police officers in a good way guides and standardizes practice of police officers. In the explanation of the letter, it is stated that the paragraph on false reporting is in contrast with other parts of the protocol, as well as to the fact that for a certain percentage of reports of violence against women, there was no (sufficient) evidence, which does not mean that there was no violence, or that an allegation is false.

The whole document available in Serbian language here.