16 Days of Activism 2009

Pamflet

WE ARE REQUESTING URGENT, CONSISTENT AND EFFECTIVE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE LAW

Criminal Code of the Republic of Serbia

Article 194

Pamflet - naslovna(1)   Whoever by use of violence, threat of attacks against life or body, insolent or ruthless behavior endangers the tranquility, physical integrity or mental condition of a member of his family, shall be punished with a fine or imprisonment from three months up to three years.

(2)   If in committing the offence specified in paragraph 1 of this Article weapons, dangerous implements or other means suitable to inflict serious injury to body or seriously impair health are used, the offender shall be punished with imprisonment from six months to five years.

(3)    If the offence specified in paragraphs 1 and 2 of this Article results in grievous bodily harm or serious health impairment or if committed against a minor, the offender shall be punished with imprisonment from two to ten years.

(4)   If the offence specified in paragraphs 1, 2 and 3 of this Article results in death of a family member, the offender shall be punished with imprisonment from three to fifteen years.

(5)   Whoever violates a measure against domestic violence that was imposed on them by the court in accordance with the law shall be punished with a fine or imprisonment from three months up to three years.

WE ARE REQUESTING THAT MEASURES FOR PROTECTION FROM DOMESTIC VIOLENCE BE USED MORE FREQUENTLY

Family Act of the Republic of Serbia

Protection Measures

Article 198

(1)  Against a family member who acts violently the court can order one or more domestic violence protection measures, which temporarily forbid or limit maintenance of personal relations with another family member.

Pamflet - zadnja strana(2)  Domestic violence protection measures are:

  1. issuance of an injunction for eviction from the family house or apartment, regardless of the right of owning or renting the property;
  2. issuance of an injunction for moving in the family house or apartment, regardless of the right of owning or renting the property;
  3. prohibition of approaching a family member at a certain distance;
  4. prohibition of access to the place of residence or workplace of a family member at a certain distance;
  5. prohibition of further disturbance of a family member.


(3) The measure of protection from domestic violence may last at most one year.

(4) Time spent in custody and every limitation of freedom pertaining to a criminal offence, that is, a misdemeanor offence is included in the time frame of measures protecting against domestic violence.

Continuation of Protection Measures

Article 199

Measures for protection from domestic violence may be extended until such a time when the reasons they were installed cease.

The pamphlet made for 16 Days of Activism against Violence against Women was printed in 70 000 copies and will be distributed in 56 Serbian cities, where women’s organizations will also organize round table discussions, street actions, and make media appearances…