Northeastern municipalities lack shelter, crisis center and SOS lines for victims of domestic violence
The six municipalities in the northeastern region lack shelter, crisis center and SOS lines for women victims of gender-based and domestic violence, according to an analysis by NGOs in Kumanovo. Existing social protection programs do not recognize victims of violence as persons at social risk, according to an analysis by the National Roma Centrum, the National Network Against Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence, and the Mother Association.
Municipal social protection programs do not recognize victims of gender-based and domestic violence as persons at social risk. No municipality in the region has developed specific measures and allocated budget funds for protection of victims of domestic violence within the programs in the field of social protection, nor provided financial support for providers of specialized services for victims of violence.
Apart from a specialized counseling center for women and children in Kumanovo, there are no other services that can support women victims of domestic violence. Services are lacking, we do not have fully available information on how to help and support as well as prevention, we do not have an available SOS line, there are no care centers, temporary accommodation of women victims of domestic violence and crisis centers in the northeast region. It is a comprehensive system of protection not only to change the legal regulations, said Ana Avramovska Nushkova from the National Network against Violence against Women and Domestic Violence. In May 2019, the Law on Social Protection was adopted, which regulates all these rights and services to be provided, to be available to all citizens, including women victims of gender and domestic violence.