Reduce Risk - Increase Safety – Towards Ending SALW Misuse in Domestic Violence Context

The project under implementation by UNDP Serbia aims to reduce the misuse of firearms in the context of violence against women, domestic violence and other forms of gender-based violence by improving practices and procedures related to criminal justice response to SALW misuse, setting up the basis for evidence-based policy making, increasing the awareness among general population on the dangers of illicit SALW possession and misuse, and developing knowledge packages for risk reduction of firearms misuse in the context of gender-based violence.

The project works towards ensuring a resource and information base that will enable monitoring of practices looking at correlation between gender-based violence and the misuse of SALW, and eventually, evidence-based policy making. Better data collection will enable managing the risks of SALW misuse in domestic violence context. It will contribute to effectiveness of the interventions, which is a precondition for prevention of repetition of the SALW misuse in the context of domestic violence. The project is also aimed at developing and implementing prevention programmes that will contribute to deconstructing gender stereotypes and will lead towards greater awareness among men and women on the danger of misuse of firearms in the context of gender-based violence. The project also improves the existing protection practices, including criminal-justice response to work towards ensuring victims’ safety. The project is thus focused on better risk management in addressing SALW misuse in the context of domestic violence performed by capacitated professionals through coordinated and integrated service.

Budget: US$294,462

Implementing period: September 2019 – March 2021

Results achieved as of 30 September 2020:

  1. The project led to increased understanding of the dominant narrative employed by the media when reporting on cases of SALW misuse in the context of domestic violence, through a qualitative analysis of the media reporting on SALW misuse and its effects on addressing the issue of gun-culture in Serbia.


  1. A Portrait Against A Landscape: Analysis of Media Coverage of Firearm Misuse in Violence Against Women Committee by Men, UNDP Serbia [BCMS] [ENG]
  2. Analiza medijskih objava o problemu nasilja prema ženama (Analysis of media reporting on cases of violence against women), UNDP Serbia [BCMS]