The first National Campaign "Stop Domestic Violence against Women" funded by the Government of the Slovak Republic was carried from November 2007 to May 2008. During the campaign, the Government collaborated closely with non-governmental organizations. The goal of the campaign was to raise public awareness about all forms of gender-based violence by means of television and radio spots, billboards, the creation of a new website (in Slovak) and a travelling exhibition. The campaign published several brochures and informative pamphlets for different target groups (e.g. children, politicians) and professions involved in helping survivors of violence (e.g. health professionals).
Upon the opening of the campaign, VIERA TOMANOVÁ, Minister of Labour, Social Affairs and Family of the Slovak Republic, and LÁSZLÓ NAGY, Chairperson of the Committee on Human Rights, Minorities and the Status of Women of the Slovak Parliament, held a press release that was attended by representatives of 23 print and audiovisual media, as well as non-governmental organizations and members of the public. The speakers noted that the Slovak Republic, as a member state of the Council of Europe, has undertaken to respect, protect and keep human rights of all its inhabitants. Violence against women is regarded as a problem for the entire society and is taken with equally seriousness as other criminal activities. In this regard it is very important to investigate and punish all forms of domestic violence, to provide enlightenment, prevention and effective and coordinated help to survivors of domestic violence, as well as to men involve men to address the issue.
Source of Information
Response of the Government of Slovakia, February 2009