Publication is developed by Association “Žena BiH” Mostar as part of the UN Women project “Standards and Engagement for Ending Violence against Women and Girls in Bosnia and Herzegovina”, financially supported by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida)..
This baseline analysis has presented both legal and theoretical frames that deal with the issue of domestic violence in Federation BiH, as well as the results of quality analyzing of the interviews with notable representatives of relevant institutions in FBiH i.e. experts in the fields of work on violence against women and family (N=13). The research was directed towards the experience of representatives of relevant institutions that deal with domestic violence, with programs on work with violence perpetrators as a part of sentenced legal safeguard measure of psycho-social treatment, towards their interpretation of inter-institutional cooperation, and their vision of preventive actions.
The results point out on the lack of programs and educated trainers for work with violence perpetrators, insufficient experience i.e. insufficient competencies for implementation of psycho-social treatment with a violence perpetrator. The inter-institutional cooperation is by the experts recognized as very important, insufficiently formalized and continuous, often dependent to personal acquaintance and contact with representatives from other institution. Most of the experts find prevention a key solution and they recommend its urgent introduction into the elementary schools/education.
Also, it’s been emphasized that there is a need for coordinated prevention, promotion and development of harmonized programs of psycho-social treatment for violence perpetrators in FBiH, as well as for creation of preconditions for quality, systematic and professional support that is to be provided to victims of violence, but also to perpetrators of violence, in order to mitigate trans-generational transmission and expansion of domestic violence.
The suggestions for future researches and projects are: to research in details the basis conditions i.e. spatial and professional capacities of Centers for mental health in the area of FBiH for introduction of measure of obligatory psychosocial treatment; to create professional criteria for introduction of psycho-social treatment; to make a list of Centers for mental health in FBiH which meet criteria required to introduce the measure of obligatory psycho-social treatment.