System of Public Policies and Support for Victims of Sexual Violence


Dear colleagues and friends,

We are inviting you to the first international conference on sexual violence in Croatia, called System of Public Policies and Support for Victims of Sexual Violence, which will take place on 23rd of October 2015 in Zagreb.

The conference will be held in Croatian Parliament.

The conference is organized by Women’s Room – Center for Sexual Rights, as a part of the EU project PROGRESS – My Voice Against Violence, in partnership with the Governmental Office for Gender Equality of Croatia and civil society organization CESI (Center for Education, Counselling and Research). The conference is co-organized by the Parliamentary Committee for Gender Equality.

The goals of the conference are:

  • Raising awareness about the unacceptability of all forms of violence against women and girls;
  • Informing relevant governmental bodies and institutions about the problem of insufficient support for victims/survivors of sexual violence in Croatia;
  • Improving support-systems for sexual violence victims/survivors through the development and implementation of public policies and necessary services when working with victims/survivors;
  • Establishing and strengthening interdepartmental cooperation of all relevant bodies, institutions and civil society organizations providing support to victims and combating sexual violence.

Topics of the conference are:

  • The importance of providing help and support to victims/survivors of sexual violence;
  • The role of the Protocol of Conduct in Case of Sexual Violence;
  • Examples of good practice in combating sexual violence from European states.





  • Representatives of relevant governmental bodies (Office of the Ombudsman, Office of the Ombudsman for Gender Equality, Office of the Ombudsman for Persons with Disabilities, Office of the Ombudsman for Children, Ministry of Internal Affairs, Ministry of Social Policy and Youth, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Defence, Office for Human Rights and Rights of National Minorities of the Government of Republic of Croatia)
  • Representatives of relevant institutions (police, health care, social welfare centers, State Attorney’s Office and judicature)
  • Other relevant actors from the field of ending sexual violence.

 Conference moderator is Željka Jelavić (Zagreb, Center for Women’s Studies).