Statement issued by the OSCE Mission to BiH reads that in 2014, the Mission supported the development of a database on domestic violence cases in the FBiH, which helped the authorities to respond to such cases, while also easing the social and psychological burden of victims.
“Data collection, as an invaluable and essential part of the process of prevention of domestic violence, is the only way to ensure effective analysis of policy implementation, assess the quality of support services, and meet international standards”, Head of the OSCE Mission to BiH Bruce Berton said during the handover ceremony.
Director of the FBiH Gender Center Ana Vukovic underlined the significance of the electronic database, as it will connect police, social welfare centers, safe houses and SOS help lines.
“The electronic database will ease the work of professionals and reduce the additional burden of victims of domestic violence as this software will ensure that victims only once answer the set of questions in the process of seeking assistance and protection”, said Vukovic.
A total of 800 police officers have been trained already and are capable of using the software. Vukovic noted that data entry had been underway for three years.