Fanny Grandchamp

Fanny Grandchamp (Victimology Society of Serbia - International Action Network on Small Arms - IANSA): Fanny is from the town of Annecy in the French Alps. She earned a BA in Public Administration from Grenoble University, and also studied abroad in Truru, Canada and at the University of Exeter in the UK. In 2006, Fanny spent a month in Senegal helping to build a school. The following year, she spent three months in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam as an intern in the social affairs department of the French Consulate. At the time of her fellowship, Fanny was pursuing a Master’s degree in International Organizations at the Institute of Political Science of Grenoble. After her fellowship, Fanny wrote “This challenging experience has revealed itself very formative and useful, opening up my interest in the Balkan region and helping me find confidence. I'm grateful to AP for this.”

live from the women balcony: stories of death threats

14 Aug

If there’s no global record and inquiries, there’s however local studies, that can provide us with an idea of the use of guns in domestic violence. In a report entitled « family protection in cases of domestic violence, Belgrade Courts’ practice », published last year by the Center of the Autonomous Woman Center in collaboration with Nis School for communication and education of women, numbers are shocking. Out of the 120 cases of domestic violence judged by the Belgrade Courts in 2007, one third took place in houses where there was a gun.

In 19,5 % of these houses equipped with guns, firearms were used as a mean of producing violence toward the women. Psychological violence with death threats: the idea that one should have to live everyday with the idea that maybe tomorrow, it would be over. Physical violence, when the arm was used as an object to hurt, wound. Or sometimes kill and end up on the newspapers headlines.

Another useful source in our quest of profiling armed domestic violence is of course the staff who works with the consequences of this phenomenon: members of associations working with battered women. I met several times with the activists of the Autonomous Women Center which quickly became a weekly regular stop for me. Visitors are welcomed on the Women Balcony, a small haven of peace on 5 m2… where they are offered coffee, juices… and where stories are told…

I give you their testimonies as regard situations they dealt with throughout their years of work. The first video is general and gives an overview of the phenomenon. You’ll find it on the French post, below this one. The second one could be entitled « Sample of stories » and tells concrete cases, associated with the stories I had shared with the Ombudsman…


Posted By Fanny Grandchamp

Posted Aug 14th, 2009

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