The project is built on the findings and recommendations of the research Mapping of services for victims of violence against women in Kosovo* developed in the framework of the first phase in 2017.

About the project About the project

The Council of Europe project focuses on strengthening the capacities of local institutions to counter violence against women and domestic violence. Thus, the project will use the standards set in the Council of Europe Istanbul Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, to enhance local knowledge and capacities of professionals and practitioners on addressing issues related to prevention and protection pillars as indicated in this Convention.

The project aims to:

  • increase the knowledge of legal professionals in fostering reporting, support for victims during proceedings, compensation and accountability of perpetrators, through targeted trainings under HELP programme, peer to peer exchanges and expert support to develop training curriculum for the Academy of Justice
  • strengthen capacities of relevant institutions to effectively provide support services to victims of violence against women and domestic violence and encourage development of quality Guidelines for Shelters
  • explore the needs and quality standards on perpetrators programmes
  • raise awareness among relevant stakeholders on undertaking effective campaigns for combating violence against women and domestic violence through knowledge-based approach to Council of Europe Istanbul Convention standards and provisions
Project publications and translations Project publications and translations

The four pillars of the Istanbul Convention

Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence

  • Training of Trainer’s Manual for Prosecutors and Judges ENG / ALB / SRB
  • Training Resource Tool ENG / ALB / SRB

* All reference to Kosovo, whether to the territory, institutions or population, shall be understood in full compliance with United Nations Security Council resolution 1244 and without prejudice to the status of Kosovo.

Partners partners

The project cooperates with various local and international institutions and non-governmental organisations working in the field of combating violence against women and domestic violence.

National Coordinator against Domestic Violence

 Agency for Gender Equality

 Kosovo* Academy of Justice

 Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare

Duration Duration

April 2019 - June 2021

donor donor


Contacts contacts

The project is implemented by

the Capacity Building and Co-operation Projects Unit at the Council of Europe's Gender Equality Division

Marta BECERRA, Head of Unit, Project Manager 

together with

the Council of Europe office in Pristina

Merita LIMANI, Senior Project Officer
Beatrice SOPA-CITAKU, Project Assistant