Women’s Association “IZVOR” from Tenja began with the implementation of the project “Legal Aid for Citizens.” The overall objective of the project is to provide free legal assistance to citizens that are a part of social groups that are especially vulnerable to domestic/partner violence, harassment in the workplace and discrimination. The majority of these groups are consisted of women of different age and social status.

Legal Aid for Citizens is a result of years of continuous work through the offering of free legal counsel and emergency help-lines with special emphasis on commitment to the protection and combating against domestic violence as the most common manifestation of gender-based violence. Women’s Association “IZVOR” has from its founding been working under the program Promotion and Protection of Women’s Human Rights and Gender Equality. The program is implemented through the provision of legal aid to vulnerable social groups, and special emphasis is placed on prevention and combating gender-based violence as well as psychological abuse in the workplace (mobbing) and combating all forms of discrimination and discriminatory practices.

The project aims to make free legal services available to as many underprivileged citizens as possible to exercise and protect their rights; increase the level of protection of human rights and freedoms; better represent the status of organizations of civil society working in the field of human rights and freedoms, as stakeholders in social dialogue.

Primary legal aid to the citizens is provided during all weekdays, more specifically as: a) legal counseling (office in Tenja from Monday to Friday, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; office in Osijek, on Wednesdays, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.); b) emergency phone 0800 200 151 (every weekday, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.).

Women’s Association “IZVOR” is offering the described legal aid with the financial support of the Ministry of Justice of the Croatian Government, within the project “Legal Aid for Citizens.” Their project partner is the “Glas Čovječnosti” association from Osijek.

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