Research and Reports


last updated June 17, 2010

Contributed, in part, by Kora Dilic, Croatia National VAW Monitor

Implementation of Croatia's Domestic Violence Legislation, The Advocates for Human Rights, September 2012

In October 2010 and February 2011, The Advocates for Human Rights, in collaboration with its partners, the Bulgarian Gender Research Foundation and Autonomous Women’s House Zagreb, sent delegations to Croatia to investigate the implementation of Croatia’s domestic violence legislation. This report presents the delegations’ findings and makes recommendations to strengthen the government’s implementation of domestic violence laws to better protect victims and hold offenders accountable.


”2009 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices: Croatia,” Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, U.S. Department of State, 11 March 2010.

Section 6 of the report contains information on the status of women, including information on rape, domestic violence, sexual harassment and trafficking. Reports from the U.S. Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor are available for 1999-2009.


Legislation in the Member States of the Council of Europe in the Field of Violence Against Women, Volume I: Armenia to Lithuania, Council of Europe, Gender Equality Division, Directorate General of Human Rights and Legal Affairs, Strasbourg, December 2009. 

This report details national legislation dealing with violence against women in Council of Europe member states. Pages 51-76 contain information on Croatian legislation. Page 62 gives a chart of the number of domestic violence cases addressed as a misdemeanor and the number addressed as a criminal offense for 2002-2008. 


The National Plan for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings for the Period from 2009-2011, Government of the Republic of Croatia, National Committee for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings, Zagreb, 2009.

This is the official document adopted by the Croatian Parliament. It gives calls for specific measures to address trafficking, assigns these measures to a particular government office, and gives a timeline for activities.


Trafficking in Persons Report,” U.S. Department of State, 2009.

This report ranks over 170 countries for their compliance with the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA), gives a brief review of the human trafficking situation for each country as well as national legislation, prosecution of the offense, and victim services provided within each nation.  Reports available for 2001-2009.




“Filling the Gaps: Croatia – Gender Equality Indicators 2007,” Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), Gender Section, Office of the OSCE Secretary General, January 2008.



This report gives “Essential Data on Gender Equality” for countries participating in the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, including statistics and a brief overview of gender equality legislation and government infrastructure, of the political and economic participation of women, of women in social and education sectors, and of trafficking of women.


The National Policy for the Promotion of Gender Equality 2006-2010, Croatian Parliament, 13 October 2006.

This is the official document adopted by the Croatian Parliament. It gives an in-depth background of international, regional and national developments in the advancement of women and gender equality and lists concrete steps towards gender equality in Croatia.


Gender Equality Ombudsperson Annual Report 2005, Republic of Croatia, Zagreb, March 2006.

This is the most recent report published in English by the Croatian Gender Equality Ombudsman.  The report covers gender discrimination in employment, family violence, gender and the media, sexual harassment, and government response to issues of gender discrimination. It includes statistics from the police and courts, and from independent studies, as well as numerous case studies under each topic.


Report on Women’s Human Rights in 2005, 51% - Zenska mreza Hrvatske, Zagreb, January 2006.

This report is a critical look at women’s human rights within Croatia, published by the Women’s Network Croatia (Zenska mreza Hrvatske) a Croatian NGO.  It reviews the current situation on issues from education to reproductive rights to domestic violence.  Within each topic area. demands for improvement are also listed.



Number of Identified Victims of Trafficking in Persons, Office for Human Rights of the Government of the Republic of Croatia, 2005.

The Office for Human Rights of the Government of the Republic of Croatia has published data about the identified victims of trafficking in persons (2002-2004). Women constitute the most numerous victims.



Combined Second and Third Periodic Reports of States Parties: Croatia to the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women.” United Nations (CEDAW/C/CRO/2-3) 27 October 2003.

This is the most recent Croatian national report to the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women. It gives an update on the current status of women as well as legislation addressing issues of gender discrimination, women’s political participation, domestic violence, and women’s social and economic situation.


Integration of the Human Rights of Women and the Gender Perspective - Violence Against Women, Addendum 1, Report of the Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences, Radhika Coomaraswamy, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, 27 Feb. 2003.

This report has information regarding rape, prostitution, trafficking and domestic violence against women in Croatia. Information on Croatia can be found on page 351.


Limanowska, Barbara, Trafficking in Human Beings in South Eastern Europe, UNICEF, UNHCHR, OSCE-ODIHR, 2003.

This report provides an overview of the situation and response to trafficking in persons in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Moldova, Romania, and Serbia and Montenegro. The report concludes by making recommendations.


Mihalec, Kirstina and Sudar, Nvemka, “Women & Internet: Croatian Perspective”, 2003 (ISBN 953-6967-08-1).

This book is about the use of the Internet by women within Croatian society.  It explores different analytical perspectives on the subject and links the analysis with the lives of women in Croatia and South Eastern Europe. The main objective of the book is to contribute, from a regional level, to the discourse on women and ICTs, as well as the identification of problems and creation of solutions from a local perspective.


Overview of the Socio-Economic Position of Rural Women in Selected Central and Eastern European Countries - Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia, Food and Agriculture Organisation, 1996.

This report examines the role of rural women on the farm and in the family, their participation in education, training, and services, their knowledge of home economics, their level of household technology, problems, priorities, social security and legal issues they face, and domestic research and development programs on rural women. Section 10.9 specifically addresses Croatia.


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