Domestic violence case in Kosovo

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Composition of the family

Husband, wife and 4 children


Family History

The family has a very long history known to CSW (Center for Social Work). Father of the family was married in Switzerland, there were 5 girls and 2 boys and the family is separated. While children's mother has been married and has two children with another man with whom the custody is shared. The couple is married for 5 years and have two children.


Health status of parents

Both parents have a relatively serious medical condition with serious diagnoses that doctors have described and CSW has a witness regarding this issue. Unfortunately nobody is using prescribed pills regularly and this directly affects them.


Health status of children

Regarding the common children and children from the mother's first marriage who are a subset, their situation is not bad, relatively good chance of being even better. Most had the psychological impact their situation as a result of being directly witnessed physical violence between spouses, while children have not directly been the victim of domestic violence.


School attendance

Two of the children attend school and have a good success, while two others did not attend school at all.


The assessment of the case

Domestic violence is systematic, this case is repeated for more than 10 times so far. Initially CSW in Malishevë took the case, but due to relocation CSW Pristina has received the case for treatment and is dealing intensively with the case. Why the violence is repeated for more than 10 times and the couple is still together? This is due to couple have feelings for each other, and they never had an idea for their separation. But the key problem lies in their psychological state, when they experience crisis then domestic violence comes to place, when his wife automatically calls the police and police and CSW intervenes immediately. In all situations the rest of the family is away from home, except once when a man was in distress from punishment because of domestic violence.

Staying in shelters to protect women and children in all situations has been short, from 2-3 days to 2-3 weeks, after which both parties demanded every time to be reunited and CSW respected their request, although never assuming the risks while the family was reunited.

Assessment by the social worker on the case remains that it is a case with medium risk leaning from towards the high risk, but seeing their demand that they cannot live without each other and being incapable in providing a sheltering for the mother of the family, and based on their statements CSW respected their desire and willingness to live together.

With regard to children, in all situations CSW took care for their children, to continue their education when they were in and out of shelters.

Their economic conditions are very good, but the problem lies in the management of these assets, since the father owns a large property in the city of Malisheva and has a flat in Dardania district in Prishtina.

CSW has tried to return her first two children to their biological father, since the person is known to CSW, but because of his family situation and economic conditions the parent has never admitted to accept his children, even though their mother is able to give children the upbringing and education at the biological father's premise.

Mother and her children are currently located in a shelter, with whom CSW is currently working. CSW organised a session with the Psychiatric Clinic, the same as with other cases involving adults as well as children and the sessions are going very well. with the hope that there will be improvement in the situation, with the possibility of family reunification.

Date and time for case discussion: 
15 Nov 2016 - 11:00am
Learning points: 
  • Due to father's psychological instability, he should be hospitalized;
  • Pills should be injected periodically in order not to miss doses as prescribed by the doctor;
  • The problem is that children are at increased risk due to witnessing the domestic violence;
  • Institutional response towards this case is insufficient and additional efforts or resources are needed;
  • Lack of services provided are seen as a burden to manage the case effectively (lack of shelters);
  • After the court announces, the hospitalisation should be obligatory for both parties;
  • The risk remains with the children as they will probably will be affected and this could be a problem for their future.
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