Final Evaluation: STOP–CARE–CURE: A Stronger Institutional Response to Gender-based Violence in the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina (Serbia)
Location: Republic of Serbia
Grantee: Provincial Secretariat for Health, Social Policy and Demography
Grant period: 18 January 2016 – 17 January 2019
Grant amount: $533,060
Summary: The Provincial Secretariat for Health, Social Policy and Demography launched “STOP–CARE–CURE: A Stronger Institutional Response to Gender-based Violence in the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina” with four objectives: 1) improve practices of service providers to strengthen responses to sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV); 2) establish pilot centres for survivors and improve health services for women and girls; 3) improve multi-sectoral cooperation to enhance responses to SGBV; and 4) involve women and girls, the general public and professionals in the protection system in Vojvodina. The final evaluation found that the overall goal – to better protect women against SGBV – was achieved, and that the pilot centres were established.
Main findings of the evaluation:
- Over 1,200 employees from different institutions completed the training on multi-sectoral cooperation, more than three times the target number.
- Centres for victims of SGBV were established. Of greatest value was their provision of psychosocial support.
- The project implemented for the first time the Special Protocol for Protection and Treatment of Women Exposed to Violence in several public healthcare institutions.
- The project strengthened institutional response to SGBV in Vojvodina, improved gender equality, and empowered women to recognize and report violence.