Minister Tahiri: Ministry of Justice has made substantial progress in efficiently preventing and treating cases of domestic violence
Prishtinë, 06/12/2019 - The Minister of Justice, Abelard Tahiri, participated at the roundtable presenting the project “Database of Domestic Violence Cases”, implemented by the Office of the National Coordinator for Protection from Domestic Violence, which functions within the Ministry of Justice.
On this occasion, Minister Tahiri said that the Ministry of Justice in the last two years has made substantial progress in efficiently preventing and treating cases of domestic violence, and assessed that the database for the cases of domestic violence is a tangible achievement.
“This database marks one of the tangible achievements that in the long term will serve law enforcement agencies, psychosocial support, and society in general. Its parameters will dictate the trend and nature, and will call for immediate action for the prevention of violence, the adequate psychosocial and legal treatment of victims of domestic violence, and above all for national awareness against this phenomenon”, said Minister Tahiri.
According to Minister Tahiri, the primary purpose of this database is not to collect data in terms of their registration, but rather to analyze cause-and-effect, to analyze cases of domestic violence, thus building a more effective perspective that corresponds to real problems.
“Therefore, I am deeply convinced that this database gives a new dimension to the efforts of our institutions in the prevention and efficient treatment of cases of domestic violence,” said Minister Tahiri.
Minister Tahiri said that there are three components that make possible the treatment and prevention of domestic violence, starting with the field of criminal justice where, according to him, domestic violence is sanctioned for the first time as a criminal offense under the new Criminal Code.
“Secondly, in the field of women’s legal status, significant improvements have been made in property rights to give them economic power and financial independence, and, thirdly, in the field of inter-institutional mobility to address every dimension of prevention and treatment of victims of domestic violence – components that are being improved by putting this database into operation,” declared Minister Tahiri.
In front of those present, Minister Tahiri said that it is an inevitable obligation of everyone, both as bearers of power and institutional functions, as well as citizens of this country, to be committed so that domestic violence does not violate the integrity of women, children, and vulnerable victims.
On the other hand, the Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Justice, namely the National Coordinator for Protection from Domestic Violence, Naim Qelaj, said that the database for the cases of domestic violence is unique and original in a way that suits the officials who will use it.
Present at the event were also the EU Office representative in Kosovo, Annette M. Fath Lihic, UN Development Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative in Kosovo, Ulrika Richardson, representatives from the Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare, representatives from the KJC and KPC, and Kosovo Police, who spoke about the importance of this database.