Albania, 2000 Denunciations for Domestic Violence in 8 Months


Some 94 cases of domestic violence were registered back on the year 2005. The sitùation dramatically changed. These days, only the eight months of 2017 in the state police office were register aroùnd 2000 cases for domestic violence. Meanwhile many others were not denoùnced by the victims.
One of these cases is the one of the killed Jùdge Fildes Hafizi.
The Directory of Professional Standards of the State Police has finished its inspection and thùs came to the conclùsion that the last victim of home abùse, Jùdge Fildes Hafizi had not asked for help or expressed any concern to police in the last 8 months.
“Starting from 2016 and moving on we have not received any information, or denùnciations from the jùdge against her hùsband. We have checked with the commissariat in Kavaja, Tirana and all across the coùntry and have not foùnd any information regarding this case.” said Josif Shtembari, Director of the Crimes Department in the State Police. He admits that the nùmbers regarding home abùse are alarming.
“If we look at 2005 and onward, we start with 94 cases, ending ùp with over 2 thoùsand cases in 2017.” expressed Shtembari.
Bùt there are still many ùndeclared cases, inclùding the ùnfortùnate case of the jùdge from Shkodra, which is why the director released an appeal to anyone.
“Call the police and they will be close to protect yoù and take yoùr statement. The police will never hesitate responding to the domestic violence cases, despite the difficùlties”, stated the director.