Kosovo journalist speaks out about being a victim of domestic violence 

By talking about being a victim of domestic violence on TV, Kosovo journalist Laura Kryeziu has made a breakthrough in talking about a taboo topic in her conservative home country. 

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Why this story matters:

This year's analysis of institutional response to gender-based violence conducted by the Kosovo Women's Network titled "From Words to Action?" reported that insufficient confidentiality, victim-blaming and attempts at family reconciliation remain prevalent in Kosovo. 

“The violence started after we got engaged when, after a very small dispute initially, I was slapped in my face... but even when I told some people, most responded that a slap was nothing (...) This was the problem, me not reacting on time,” Kryeziu said in the interview for "Jeta ne Kosove."

The Kosovo Women's Network's report also noted that most institutions continue to "reconcile" families, even when crimes have been committed. Several victims of continuous domestic violence have even been murdered by their husbands. 

In a society where domestic violence is quite normalized and victims are ashamed to report the abuse, moves such as Kryeziu's are brave and very much needed. They are an encouragement to Kosovo women and their fight for their rights and dignity. 

Details from the story:

  • Laura Kryeziu has spoken out about her life as a victim of violence at home for TV show "Jeta ne Kosove." It took her a decade before she decided to go public and openly talk about it.
  • She urged other women to fight for their rights and report all cases of violence. She said she hoped her story would have an impact on other victims who often still think it is shameful to admit such things.
  • According to 2015 research by the Kosovo Women's Network, 68 percent of Kosovo women have experienced domestic violence in their lifetime. 
  • Civil society activists have protested the negligence of Kosovo institutions after murders of victim of domestic violence on several occasions in the last two years. 

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