European Network on Victims' Rights

SLOVAKIA – Specific measures during COVID-19 crisis

1) Good practices on communication with victims and crime reporting

The Coordinating-Methodical Centre for Gender-based and Domestic Violence (KMC) is preparing posters that should be issued to the shopping facilities with basic information on domestic violence and contacts, e.g. on national helpline for women, helpline for children and other helplines that operate 24/7. The Police Corps is preparing an application “Pomáham chrániť” which enables reporting of crime via the app without having to make a call.  The application has not been introduced yet.

2) Good practices on organisation of support and protection

The Slovak legislation does not establish “intervention centres” that contact victim after reporting a crime. However, as a good practice can be described an initiative of an NGO – Centrum Slniečko in Nitra. Slniečko concluded an agreement with the Ministry of Interior of the Slovak Republic, i.e. regional directorate of the police force, enabling sharing of a victims’ contact information with Slniečko. After domestic violence is reported and police officer expels perpetrator from the dwelling for 10 days, the victim is asked whether s/he agrees to share its personal information with Slniečko. If yes, Slniečko can contact the victim and offer support services. Currently, we are collaborating with the other state authorities to use this model in other districts and facilitate cooperation between victim support organisations and police corps.

3) Other good practices

The president of the Slovak Republic, Zuzana Čaputová, made several public appearances raising awareness on domestic violence, emphasizing the need to help others and call police.