Can women that have escaped domestic violence ever regain a normal life?

Georgiana Ilie

The roots of violence are socially accepted in religion, tradition and culture of the Balkan countries.

Domestic violence is common in the Balkans and in Romania, where 28 per cent of women between 18 and 49 are believed to have suffered domestic violence.

More are now encouraged to report these attacks, and more are seeking refuge from violent husbands in shelters. But what happens to women once they leave these shelters? What happens five years on?

This story seeks to follow the matter on and finds out whether the number of women who have found a new life after the shelter has increased or fallen.

The story will compare and contrast the experience of these women in the Balkan countries, Serbia and Romania, with counterparts in Western Europe, where there is a growing of violence against women in immigrant communities.

The story asks whether improved communication between police, women’s refuges, and between the courts and social services can do anything to tackle this deep-seated problem in society.

Article style: Feature

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Georgiana Ilie

Georgiana Ilie, from Romania, writes in-depth features for numerous magazines on subjects including culture, human rights, environment and inspirational people.

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Women who evict violent husbands from the family home often face disapproval, even outright hostility, from neighbours and relatives in the patriarchal societies in which they live.


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