Small arms and light weapons, gender-based violence and domestic violence: analysis of regulatory framework and practice

Aug 27, 2021

Gender-based violence against women is still one of the most widespread obstacles towards achieving gender equality, thus endangering the lives of women, their children, families as well as the safety of the community in the world. In families and relationships in which perpetrators have access to firearms, the risk of misusing the weapon and the risk of violence escalation is significantly increased and the consequences of the misuse are severe. Several laws in the Republic of Serbia recognize the correlation between the misuse of firearms and domestic violence - there is a decrease in the number of homicides committed through the misuse of firearms, but we still face risks that prevent effective and complete protection. By documenting the existing improvements in the regulatory and institutional framework for prevention of and protection from domestic violence, this analysis aims at determining the space and possibility for further improvement in the country’s effective response to misuse of firearms in the context of domestic violence. This way, the analysis contributes to further steps in improving the safety of our society and our homes through protection against violence and firearms misuse.

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