Report on Domestic Violence in Croatia: Impetus for Legal Reform

Campaign poster of Autonomous Women's House Zagreb

The Advocates for Human Rights published a report monitoring the implementation of domestic violence laws in Croatia. Croatia passed a domestic violence law in 2003, later amended in 2009, which provides protective measures to victims of domestic violence. 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. The report makes recommendations to change harmful practices, such as dual arrests of both victim and perpetrator. Since the report's publication, the Croatian government has repealed the provision in the State Attorney's Law that allowed prosecutors to send domestic violence cases to mediation instead of prosecution--one of the report's key recommendations.