Violence Against Women in Belgrade, Serbia: SOS Hotline 1991 - 1993


Hughes, Donna M., and Zorica Mrsevic. 1997. “Violence against Women in Belgrade, Serbia: SOS Hotline 1991 - 1993.” Violence Against Women - An International Interdisciplinary Journal 3 (2): 101–28.

Authors: Donna M. Hughes, Zorica Mrsevic


The SOS Hotline for Women and Children Victims of Violence opened in Belgrade, Serbia, in 1990. For each call reporting an incident of violence, a data form was completed with the details of the call. Almost all the callers were victims of violence from family members or intimate partners. The majority reported incidents of physical and verbal/emotional violence; a minority reported sexual and economic violence. The frequency and duration of violence were very high. Callers were often forced to live with perpetrators because of the lack of available housing, which worsened due to privatization, economic sanctions against Serbia, and the influx of refugees. Men's participation in the wars in Croatia and Bosnia increased their violence against women at home, especially sons against their mothers. Most refugees were housed in private homes, resulting in increased violence against women refugees and women hosts.

Topics: Displacement & Migration, Refugees, Domestic Violence, Gender, Women, Gender-Based Violence, Gendered Power Relations, Sexual Violence, Male Perpetrators Regions: Europe, Balkans, Eastern Europe Countries: Serbia

Year: 1997

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