Mapping of Sexual Violence Services in the Western Balkans and Turkey

The Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence - also known as the Istanbul Convention - calls for adequate and accessible specialized support services for victims of sexual violence. However, in the Western Balkans and Turkey, despite the ratification of the Istanbul Convention, these standards have yet to be met. Services for victims of sexual violence are often missing, and where they do exist, they tend to be poorly implemented due to a lack of government funding and support. This mapping report identifies the existing services in the region, examines their implementation, and highlights the gaps in service provision. This publication was produced under the framework of the EU-UN Women regional programme on ending violence against women in the Western Balkans and Turkey, "Implementing Norms, Changing Minds," funded by the European Union. 

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Languages available: English

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Geographic coverage: Europe and Central Asia; Albania; Bosnia and Herzegovina; Kosovo (under UNSCR 1244); North Macedonia; Serbia; Turkey

Subject area(s): Ending violence against women and girls; Access to justice and legal protection; Rape/sexual assault; Service delivery; Access to justice and legal protection

Resource type: Assessments; Research papers; Laws/legislation

Publication year: 2019

Number of pages: 36

Publishing entities: United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women)