On the occasion of 25th November the International day for the elimination of violence against women, Commissioner for Protection of Equality Brankica Jankovic says that the violence against women is widely spread. Although now women are more encouraged to report violence and this issue is no longer a private family matter, it is still one of the biggest problem in our societe. This year 34 women lost their lives as the result of family violence. This is the data is from November 2015, and the number of victims with lethal outcome significantly increases in this year comparing with 2014 when it was 27 cases of violence with a fatal outcome.
The Commissioner Jankovic pointed out that this fact is an alarm, for authorities and for all in serbian societe. We must as soon as possible improve our law provisions in order to improve conditions for fully implementation of Istanbul Convention. There is also a need for consistent and continuous policy of punishing perpetrators of the acts of domestic and violence against women. She added the important role of media in preventing violence against women. Media content directly shape public opinion so that is why media are so significant for raising audience awareness that violence against women is a crime.