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Factors that prevent women from reporting violence are fear of bullies, shame, distrust of institutions and legal measures.

Phrases like “she asked for it” or “boys will be boys” justify bullies by nurturing a “culture of violence”.

47% of citizens would not report violence because it is a private matter, and they did not want to interfere.

One in five citizens believes that movement control or communication control is not violence.

The “16 Days of Activism Against Violence Against Women” campaign runs from November 25, International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to December 10, when International Human Rights Day is celebrated.

Two thirds of citizens believe that the problem of domestic violence is not given enough attention in Montenegro.

Only every tenth citizen understands that the basis of violence is an imbalance of power between women and men, traditional and patriarchal relations.

The most common assistance of women's NGOs to victims of violence are: interviews with the victim (51%), counseling (15%) direct prevention of violence (12%), psychosocial assistance, legal counseling, provision of accommodation and confidential services.

Campaign “16. days of activism against violence against women ", was established in 1991 at the initiative of the Institute for Global Women's Leadership when 6,000 organizations from 187 countries gathered.

"Paint the world orange" is an international anti-violence slogan and each year the campaign has a special theme.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the largest number of reports of violence was related to psychological and physical violence, intimidation, belittling, threats of eviction.

In the first four months of the pandemic in Montenegro, the number of cases of violence increased by 30%.

The fight against violence against women begins with your belief in the victim.

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Important contacts

SOS hotline for women and children victims of violence Podgorica
020 232 254
SOS hotline for women and children victims of violence Nikšić
080 111 111
SOS hotline for women and children victims of violence Bijelo Polje
050 433 660
SOS hotline for women and children victims of violence Berane
069 659 960
SOS hotline for women and children victims of violence Plav
069 245 320
Safe women's house Podgorica
069 013 352
SOS hotline for women and children victims of violence Ulcinj
067 501 950
Montenegrin women's lobby
020 250 750
Center for Roma Initiatives
040 246 369
NGO Integrity
067 635 496
NVO IKRE Rožaje
068 851 095
NVO Ksena Herceg Novi
069 330 730