The economic hardship that many Albanian families are still facing – since Albania is one of the poorest countries in Europe – correlates with high levels of stress in families, with children often becoming the easy target for the adults’ frustration. Furthermore, decline of dedicated parental education in the country, and the attitude of “keeping family business within the family” adds to the complexity of domestic violence. This adds to that a lack of awareness of what constitutes violence against children and where to report it. Hence, no surprise that:
- National surveys reveal widespread domestic violence, reported by 58 percent of children (aged 10-14)
- In 2015, Albanian police registered 1,167 offences against children (0-18), representing 5 percent of the total number of violent crimes
- A 2017 study on “Ethics in the Albanian Education System” revealed that 83% of schoolchildren report the display of unethical behaviour by school staff, including: insults, sarcastic language, derogatory nicknames, etc.
- The study reveals that emotional and physical violence is still used by parents as well.
- Bullying, password theft, and pornography viewings occur to 45 percent of children every day. Only 44 percent of children receive information about online safety from parents or from various channels to report online incidents.