Kosovo: From paper to practice – Kosovo must keep its commitments to domestic violence survivors

Survivors of domestic violence in Kosovo, the majority of whom are women and girls, face uncertainty and lack of support when trying to leave abusive situations. The support provided by the state is insufficient to enable them to live independently, forcing many back to abuse, in a vicious circle of violence. The current government has made addressing domestic violence and violence against women a clear national priority and has committed to taking a survivor centred approach to doing so. Despite its strong commitment, the state is failing to fully meet its human rights obligations to take all appropriate measures to address domestic violence and violence against women and girls.
An appendix accompanies this Amnesty International report that provides detailed information on the quantitative methodology, empirical analysis, as well as the data used in the analysis of court decisions, defendants and victims of domestic violence. The appendix is available at https://www.amnesty.org/en/documents/eur73/7124/2023/en/.

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