White Circle Croatia entered into partnership with NGO’s from Bulgaria, Croatia, Great Britain and Slovenia in FIRST project- first against violence, project that was co-funded by European Commission Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme. Employees of White Circle Croatia, legal adviser Matea Anić and operation manager Mia Božić Mihanović attended conference in Zagreb that held place fron 29th November till 1st December 2017.
White Circle Croatia as partner in EC Justice Programme ˝Rights, support, protection and compensation of victims of crime˝ with Documenta from Zagreb, Centre for Peace, Non-violence and Human Rights from Osijek and Victim and Whiteness Support Service from Vukovar participated in Report on the implementation of Directive 2012/29/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 25 October 2012 on the establishment of minimum standards of the rights, support and protection of victims of crime in the Republic of Croatia for Ministry of Justice and European Commission.
White Circle Croatia as part of working group from Ministry of Justice with goal of writing Protocol for Individual Assessment of Victims, after Protocol was published gaved their comments to Ministry of Justice stating that goal of the Protocol was not achieved, but comments were not replied to and were not take into consideration as we can see from final version of Protocol that is effective from 31st of December.
White Circle Croatia started working with Victim Support Europe on setting standards for NGO’s functioning as first organization in Croatia, along with France. We already had visit from An Verelst, deputy director of VSE and started working on improvements.
White Circle Croatia held educational workshops for two days, 18th and 19th of December for volunteers who will work on our free SOS helpline 0800 63 29 where they went through instruction of principals of free legal aid in Croatia along with communication skills and psycho-social support.
From 8th of January White Circle Croatia started with our free SOS helpline 0800 63 29 which is designated for all victims of violence who need legal and psycho-social support. We were very active in media, like television and newspapers, along with social media like Facebook- links will be in e-mail attached for purpose of distributing news about starting new SOS helpline.