Serbia: Monitoring Domestic Violence Laws


The Advocates for Human Rights is monitoring the implementation of Serbia’s domestic violence laws with the Autonomous Women’s Center. In October, The Advocates’ staff led a team of volunteers, including attorneys from Faegre Baker Daniels, and conducted more than 80 fact-finding interviews throughout the country.  The Advocates will return to Serbia in February with another team to continue its fact-finding. Serbia’s law allows a victim of domestic violence to obtain an order for protection that includes important remedies, such as eviction and a restraining order. The order for protection can be issued for up to a year but may be extended until the reasons for which it was ordered no longer exist. The Advocates will publish its report in 2016.