Croatia ― Human Rights Council ― Domestic Violence ― Sept. 2014
Violence against women is a widespread problem in Croatia. According to research published in 2011, 31 percent of women in Croatia has experienced frequent domestic violence, and 44 percent has experienced it occasionally. Femicides are also a serious problem in Croatia; 11 women were killed by their male partners in 2013, and 12 women were killed by their male partners in 2012.
During its first Universal Periodic Review in November 2010, Croatia accepted the following recommendations and indicated that they had already been implemented or were in the process of implementation:
In its mid-term report of December 2013 and in response to the recommendations, Croatia stated that its “State Attorney’s Office implements effective prosecution of perpetrators of domestic violence.” Croatia also referenced its legal framework that included the Law on Protection against Domestic Violence (LPDV) and the National Strategy for Protection against Domestic Violence, as well as its public awareness activities about domestic violence, among other things.
Although Croatia has enacted several laws to protect women from domestic violence, additional changes need to be made and challenges still exist in the implementation of those laws to effectively protect victims and hold perpetrators of domestic violence accountable. In its submission on domestic violence to the Human Rights Council in September 2014, The Advocates for Human Rights and its Croatian partner Autonomous Women’s House Zagrebhis highlighted the key challenges that remain, both in law and in practice, and recommended that the Croatian government:
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