Omissions in the work of state institutions in cases of violence against women, primarily a lack of exchange of information, increase the number of fatal outcomes, according to the findings of Ombudsman Saša Janković. Improving the framework for suppressing violence against women is one of the criteria in Serbia’s EU membership negotiations. The data publicized by the NGO Women against Violence Network, every year between 30 and 40 women are killed in Serbia. This year has brought no improvement, as 16 have been killed so far.
On July 28, Jankovic presented the results of control procedures in 14 cases of murder of women and in as many as 12 cases found errors in the work of the state bodies prior to the murders. “That does not mean that anyone but the murderer is guilty of someone’s death, but had those omissions not occurred, the probability of a fatal outcome would have been lower,” Janković told a conference in Belgrade on the role and responsibility of the executive government in cases of violence against women. He said that one of the most frequent problems was the fact that the police, social centers and health care institutions did not exchange information, of which some was vital to the victim’s protection.