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Forging Kosovo: Between Dependence, Independence, and Interdependence

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Edited By Arben Hajrullahu and Anton Vukpalaj

For many areas of social science research, including conflict resolution, peacebuilding, and international state-building, Kosovo remains a uniquely interesting and relevant case. This book is motivated by the belief that there is much to be gained, analytically and empirically, from bringing together local scholarship that focuses on Kosovo-specific issues. It helps understand how pathdependent historical legacies set in motion prior to and during the war for independence, coupled with contemporary processes of dependence on and interdependence with external actors, shaped contemporary Kosovo society and institutions. It brings together a methodologically diverse set of local scholarly perspectives on contemporary political, legal and societal developments in Kosovo.

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An Overview of Intimate Partner Violence against Women in Kosovo

Kaltrina Kelmendi

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Abstract Research evidence shows that intimate partner violence (IPV) represents a major public health problem and serious violation of human rights, tackling almost one-third of women in the world. In addition, IPV is considered a serious challenge for policymakers, service providers and other relevant stakeholders. Kosovo, similar to other post-war societies, shows high IPV rates, specifically, against women. However, most of the studies on the IPV issue are conducted in the Western and developing countries, and knowledge about the developing and non-Western countries is rather lacking. This chapter aims to review the existing empirical evidence on IPV in Kosovo to increase awareness about the phenomenon and to contribute to the diversity in science. Thus, the primary goal of this chapter is to examine the current evidence on IPV in Kosovo. It focuses on studies that examined: (a) prevalence of IPV rates, (b) risk and protective factors, (c) evidence-based intervention and prevention programs; and (d) service providers. This chapter, by providing an overview of the prevailing evidence on IPV against women in Kosovo, would offer an opportunity for comparison of the findings with other populations in the region and worldwide. Additionally, by examining the strengths and weaknesses of the evidence on IPV against women, this chapter would contribute to a better understanding of the phenomena and better-quality services for domestic violence cases.

Keywords: Intimate partner violence, Kosovo, review ,prevalence, risk factors, prevention and intervention programs, service providers

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