Dozens of Kosovo citizens joined protests and vigils in memory of the latest femicide victim in the country – a woman murdered by her ex-husband days after he was reported to the police for domestic abuse.
2020 saw a steep rise in domestic violence and femicide in Kosovo but temptations to blame the pandemic should be avoided. The answers lie closer to home.
A new exhibition at the Qahili Gallery on the outskirts of Prishtina shines a spotlight on domestic violence and how the family home can become a dangerous place for many women in Kosovo.
While law enforcement officials have said that domestic violence is on the rise during lockdown, reporting of these cases to the police has also increased, with civil society applauding the increasingly proactive response.
As Kosovo’s lockdown following the outbreak of coronavirus enters its third week, shelters for domestic violence survivors are doing everything they can to continue providing support to women and children whose homes are unsafe.