If you are a victim, injured party, and/or witness of a crime, for example—if you are a victim of domestic or sexual violence, or have witnessed domestic or sexual violence, or know someone who is a victim of domestic or sexual violence—then you probably want answers to some of these questions:

What can I do if I’m in danger right now?

(Note that you can find shelters for women and children victims of domestic violence at the Safe Zone website if you urgently need shelter. You can also call the Women’s Room counseling center at 01 6119 444 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on workdays to get further help.)

How do I report a crime?

Do I have to testify?

What are my legal rights as a victim or witness in criminal court proceedings?

How long is the trial and what’s it like?

Am I entitled to compensation?

Who can I contact with questions if I don’t understand something?

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You can get answers to these and similar questions that are relevant to crime victims and witnesses

  1. a) if you call the free line for crime victims at 116 006 (from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on workdays)
  2. b) at the following link: https://pravosudje.gov.hr/o-ministarstvu/djelokrug-6366/iz-pravosudnog-sustava-6372/podrska-zrtvama-i-svjedocima/pitanja-i-odgovori-6279/6279

The Croatian Ministry of Justice has opened Departments for Victim and Witness Support in Croatian county courts in order to help you and you can reach them at the following numbers:

County courts with victim and witness support teams:

Osijek County Court
Room 35
Europska avenija 7
31 000 Osijek
031
228-500
podrska-svjedocima@zsos.pravosudje.hr
Rijeka County Court Žrtava fašizma 7
51000 Rijeka
051
355-645
051
355-645
podrska-svjedocima-ri@pravosudje.hr
Sisak County Court Trg Lj. Posavskog 5
44000 Sisak
044
525-731
044
811-755
podrska-svjedocima-sk@zssk.pravosudje.hr
Split County Court Gundulićeva 29a
21000 Split
021
387-543
021
387-660
podrska-svjedocima-st@pravosudje.hr
Vukovar County Court Županijska 33
32000 Vukovar
032
452-529
032
452-529
podrska-svjedocima-vu@pravosudje.hr
Zadar County Court Borelli 9
23 000 Zadar
023
203-640
023
203-641
podrska-svjedocima@pravosudje.hr
Zagreb County Court (head office)
Room 84/II
Trg N. Š. Zrinskog 5
10 000 Zagreb
01
4801-062
01
4801-062
podrska-svjedocima-zg@pravosudje.hr

Don’t hesitate to inquire about your rights and the steps that you can or should take in the case of a criminal offense. The specially trained experts in the areas of psychology and law will inform you about your rights and how to exercise them and refer you to other organizations and institutions that can offer professional help.

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