Domestic violence during COVID-19 pandemic in Sombor, Republic of Serbia

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Throughout the world, including the Republic of Serbia, domestic violence is of considerable interest in terms of criminal law and the legal protection of victims in legislation. The fact is noted that domestic violence can be largely manifested in society, but at the same time, in certain situations it is marginal. One such case was reported during the COVID-19 pandemic. The President, the Chairman of the National Assembly and the Prime Minister of Serbia, relying on the constitution, on March 15, 2020, decided to declare a state of emergency in the Republic of Serbia, and it came into force on the same day. The decision to declare a state of emergency was made on March 20, 2020, 5 days before the Serbian government, by order of the Minister of Health, declared an epidemic caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The purpose of this study was to study the trend of domestic violence during the pandemic, from March 15 to May 7, 2020. For this, data from the Sombor Social Work Center were taken. They show that the largest number of reported cases are those of psychological abuse, but the manifestation of economic violence, most pronounced in the form of food denial, has been on the rise. Fewer cases of physical abuse were reported, although the number was increasing day by day. There was also an increase in reports of violence in shelters. Even the media consistently reported serious incidents of violence during the state of emergency. In addition, there is no data on financial assistance to victims of domestic violence and partners during the state of emergency.


Aggression, healthcare, partner violence, pandemic, serbia, covid-19

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