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Implementation of Croatia’s Domestic Violence Legislation

Domestic violence is a serious problem in Croatia. Croatia passed a domestic violence law in 2003, later amended in 2009, which provides protective measures to victims of domestic violence. In October 2010 and February 2011, The Advocates for Human Rights, in collaboration with its partners, the Bulgarian Gender Research Foundation and Autonomous Women’s House Zagreb, sent delegations to Croatia to investigate the implementation of Croatia’s domestic violence legislation. The delegations conducted interviews with NGOs, shelter workers, police, judges, Centers for Social Welfare personnel, ministry officials, health care workers, victims, prison personnel, and other government representatives. This report presents the delegations’ findings, and makes recommendations to strengthen the government’s implementation of domestic violence laws to better protect victims and hold offenders accountable. ISBN: 0-929293-70-3