It is crucial for the media to talk about the issue of violence throughout the year
7. December 2014.
The courage of my clients inspires me
9. December 2014.
Foto: Imrana Kapetanović

Photo: Imrana Kapetanović

There are nine safe houses operating in Bosnia and Herzegovina, six of which in the Federation of BiH and three in the Republika Srpska. Capacities of safe houses are limited. The law restricts the stay at a safe house to six months. Safe house beneficiaries are protected and assisted by the safe house employees. Here are some of the stories we recorded at the safe houses.

Story 1: Children should live and grow up free from any stress  

When did you realize that things needed to change and that you had to do something to find a way out of your situation?

I realized that things needed to change and that I had to do something to find a way out of my situation when emotional and physical abuse became more frequent.

What kind of support did you receive and from whom?

I received support from the social work center and the safe house. Their support was the most valuable.

What advice can you give to others in a similar situation?

No woman should have to suffer violence. Every woman has a right to be happy and children should not have to witness violence. They should live and grow up free from any stress.

Foto: Imrana Kapetanović

Photo: Imrana Kapetanović

Story 2: You do not have to endure it

When did you realize that things needed to change and that you had to do something to find a way out of your situation?

I had to do something to protect myself and my children. I had to protect our mental and physical health, because the abuse became emotionally unbearable.

What kind of support did you receive and from whom?

I received encouragement and financial support from those closest to me and also from the social work center and the safe house.

What advice can you give to others in a similar situation?

My advice to others in a similar situation is not to endure emotional abuse and to seek help from relevant institutions, more specifically the social work center and the police.

Foto: Imrana Kapetanović

Photo: Imrana Kapetanović

Story 3: He threatened that he would kills us all

When did you realize that things needed to change and that you had to find a way out of your situation?

I knew that I had to change something when the emotional and physical abuse became more frequent and when he started to curse our children, to swear at them and to threaten that he would kill us all.

What kind of support did you receive and from whom?

I had heard about the safe house. I received help from the safe house and the social work center. My children have also been a great support. The most valuable assistance was rendered by the social work center and the safe house.

What advice can you give to others in a similar situation?

Stay together for as long as it works, but if you cannot live together anymore, then part ways peacefully and find a way to work together and help each other raise children.