According to estimates, the spokeswoman for the Labour, Social Affairs and Family Ministry, Lucia Nicholsonová, reported that 8 percent of women and girls over 15 have faced some form of domestic violence in Slovakia, the TASR newswire wrote.
"It's some 150,000 women and girls, which represents a rather disturbing figure. In particular, this concerns women with lower education or socially-disadvantaged backgrounds. And I have to say that the statistics spike in Roma settlements in eastern Slovakia again where violence is a common occurrence in the lives of Roma women," Nicholsonová said, as quoted by TASR.
According to Nicholsonová, there are only some 800 females that muster the courage to file a criminal complaint against a perpetrator – with whom they usually share a household. Nicholsonová said that the Labour Ministry managed to allocate €4.7 million to a programme designed to curb domestic violence against women. The project will be jointly funded from the state budget (20 percent) and the European Social Fund (80 percent).
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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29. Nov 2010 at 14:00