The website of Croatian Police Directorate announced the text of the international success of the campaign “Behind the Door” (“Behind This Door Lives Mia”) on April 23, 2020. We convey the text in its entirety: “Sometimes, for those most vulnerable #ostanidoma [#stayhome] it is not a safe choice. What if staying in the house brings a danger and abuse?
At the beginning of April, the Croatian Ministry of the Interior presented the “Behind the Door” campaign, which is jointly conducted with Zagreb Child and Youth Protection and the Degordian Agency. The goal of the campaign is to make all citizens aware of the violence that is happening near them.
According to research from the Zagreb Child and Youth Protection Center, 16-25% of children experience physical abuse in Croatia during childhood, as many children experience emotional abuse, while every fifth child is sexually abused.
Mia, named a girl who suffers behind-the-door violence on a daily basis, has become a symbol of domestic violence in a very short period of time, and the importance of this campaign has been recognized by international institutions and agencies such as Europol, which highlight it as an example of good practice.
We remind parents that behind closed doors, their child may be exposed to harmful and inappropriate content, and in some cases, sexual abuse and exploitation online.
In the months when we are most focused on the COVID-19 situation, let us remember the youngest who cannot protect themselves from other attacks without our help.
When taking measures to protect against COVID 19 and social exclusion, the Police Directorate takes particular account of the possible escalation of violence against children, and the prevention of violence against children and families is one of the priorities and risks addressed by the police.
Therefore, recognize Mia in your area and report to the police any form of violence against children. Only by working together can we transform our home into a safe place for every child! ”
Mental health professionals from our Center asked the young people they work with how they cope with the corona virus restrictions on leaving home. They asked them what they do while they are indoors. Among the answers below some are from members of Center`s Youth Bord, all united in the hashtags: #stayhome #heretoeachother
On World Health Day, the Director of the Child and Youth Protection Center of Zagreb, Prof. Sc. D. Gordana Buljan Flander held an education on "Violence and Mental Health of Children and Youth" in the Counseling Center for Children, Adolescents and Family, POU Croatian House in Petrinja on October 11, 2018. The education was attended by experts and professional associates (about 120 of them) from schools, social welfare centers and police departments from all parts of Sisak-Moslavina County.
Children's Board of the Brave Phone visited the City Mayor Milan Bandić at the City of Zagreb Government March, 27 2009. Children met the Mayor and presented their proposals about how to turn the city into a children-friendly city. The Mayor listened and readily answered all their questions. This was a part of the program of visiting institutions which have impact on children's lives and their rights.