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The Domestic Violence Database, as an integral part of the Information System of Social Welfare - Social Cardboard, is an effective tool for combating domestic violence as well as for generating official statistics. The data base software solution was presented at a press conference jointly organised by the UNDP Office in Montenegro, the Delegation of the European Union, the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare, and the Ministry of Internal Affairs.
“The establishment of this database enables effective and timely treatment, implementation, and monitoring of procedures by the centres for social work and by the police, which will ultimately establish official statistics on domestic violence," said Kemal Purisic, the Minister of Labour and Social Welfare of Montenegro at the presentation of the data base.
According to the Minister of Interior, Mevludin Nuhodzic, with the database on domestic violence, three key goals have been achieved, from which they will move from words to real actions. A unique, standardised way of recording cases of domestic violence has been established, official and harmonised statistics have been obtained, and the coordinated work of the institutions and the promptness in dealing with the protection of victims has improved.
The Domestic Violence Database is a complex software solution that allows the preservation and automated exchange of reports and information on domestic violence between the two key ministries - the Ministry of the Interior and the Police Directorate, on the one hand, and the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare, respectively the Centres for Social Work, on the other hand. The database contains all of the legally prescribed and necessary data on all participants in the events of reported violence, as well as data on potential victims and perpetrators, children (if children are victims or are part of families where violence occurred), the measures taken, misdemeanour and criminal charges, the estimated degree of risk, and more.
Stressing that support for victims of gender-based violence and the creation of a society without violence is an absolute priority for Montenegro and the European Union, the EUD to Montenegro Head of Cooperation Sector, Hermann Spitz, stressed that the fight against domestic violence is not just a matter of negotiation process, but the duty of every modern and democratic country.
“Supporting victims of gender-based violence and creating a violence-free society is an absolute priority for Montenegro and the EU. This is not just a mere requirement within Montenegro's accession negotiation, it is the duty of every modern and democratic country. The EU and the international partners are by your side and supporting you in this effort. We made a good step forward today. Let us continue with double speed with the necessary reforms and let us keep sending a message of zero tolerance to violence,” said Spitz.
According to Daniela Gasparikova - UNDP's permanent representative to Montenegro - a key precondition for solving this problem is understanding the fact that the causes of violence are gender-based. Gasparikova added that Montenegro needs strong institutions and professional staff that would be able to present these innovative standards in everyday work, for which the UNDP will provide them with assistance in the form of targeted training.
The event presented the user interface of the Database, as well as the way in which the automatic exchange of data between the centres for social work and police will function in everyday practice. Participants of the conference once again appealed to the citizens, but also to employees in institutions who were asked to report every case of violence.