Serbia

Population size:

8, 730, 837 [1]

Number of people experiencing domestic abuse each year:

54.2% of women experience domestic abuse.[2] No research on male victims or other gender identities.

Cost of domestic abuse to the economy each year:

Thus, calculated total costs for Serbian society in 2009, would have amounted to between RSD 1.6 and 4.1 billion (EUR 16.8 – 43.9 million).[3]

Estimated % change due to COVID-19:

Official figures have not been released but there have been COVID-19 response projects in partnership with UN Women. [4]


Current law and policy:

Serbia commits to ratify the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence and adopt Ministerial Protocol. The Government of the Republic of Serbia commits that as part of its ongoing efforts towards combating violence against women, it will ratify the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence by the end of 2013. The Ministry of the Labour, Employment and Social Policy further commits, in line with the existing National Strategy for Prevention and Elimination of Violence against Women in the Family and in Intimate Partner Relationship (2011-2016) will adopt Ministerial Protocol Against Violence against Women and Domestic Violence.


 

Sources


[1] Worldometer, “Serbia Population (Live)”, (worldometers.info)

[2] https://www.balcanicaucaso.org/eng/Areas/Serbia/Domestic-violence-in-Serbia-the-law-is-not-enough-94265

[3] https://www.womenngo.org.rs/en/news/458-the-cost-of-domestic-violence-against-women-in-serbia

[4] https://www.unwomen.org/en/news/stories/2020/4/feature-serbian-survivors-of-domestic-violence-sew-face-masks-for-covid-19-response