Violence, regardless of the form and situation in which it appears, is one of the leading issues of today and represents the most common form of human rights violation. What all forms of violence share is that they are intentional behaviours that threaten or offend the fundamental rights of a person – it is an attack on the physical and psychological integrity and dignity of another person, group of people or an entire community, and can result in injury, death and/or severe psychological consequences. In an abusive relationship, the victim and the abuser are always in an unequal relationship, and the abuser inflicts physical and/or psychological pain on the victim by means of power, be it status, physical domination or other forms of superiority. A threat of violence is also considered violence. If a form of violence is repeated very often against the same person, then we call it abuse.

Abuse of women also destroys children’s lives. Children exposed to domestic violence show higher rates of various behavioural and concentration issues at school, as well as aggression, addiction, depression and many other indicators of childhood trauma.

Regardless of the form or cause, the perpetrator is always guilty and responsible for violence, not the victim.

For more detailed information on what can be done in an event of violence or if they simply want to talk to someone, victims of violence and people who are worried about their loved ones can call SOS Rijeka – Centre for Nonviolence and Human Rights at +385 51 211 888 or contact

What services does the psychological counselling offer?

The SOS Rijeka Association Counselling Centre offers free psychological help and support to victims of domestic, partner and sexual violence. We provide support to adults, regardless of sex, gender or time when violence happened. We also provide support to family members and other close persons of the victims of the mentioned types of violence.

Partner violence can occur in a marriage or cohabitation (that is why it is sometimes called domestic violence) and in some other intimate and close partner relationships.

In addition to psychological counselling and support, based on agreement and possibilities – we can provide you with support when reporting violence to the institutions and through all the processes that follow after that.

Who is the Counselling Centre meant for?

Our psychological counselling is intended for adults who have experienced violence in a partner relationship and those who have experienced sexual violence, regardless of the perpetrator. It doesn’t matter when you experienced violence, recently or perhaps in childhood, by a loved one or by a stranger, we are here to support you.

Who provides support in the Counselling Centre?

In the Counselling Centre, support is provided by trained psychologists and experts in the field of working with people who have experienced the trauma of sexual and/or intimate partner violence.

In our work, we are guided by feminist values and principles of work with an individualised approach to each person, and we provide support to empower the person to achieve their own results.

Feminist principles of work, among other things, bring:

– trust in one’s experiences

– creating a confidential and safe environment

– providing support

– empowerment and strengthening of women

– not making decisions on her behalf, not imposing solutions

– providing information about possibilities and facts related to violence

How to get free psychological support?

You can book your appointment for an interview with a counsellor at + 385 51 211 888 or or contact us via social networks. Due to the capacity of the Counselling Centre, it is important that you book the date of your interview in advance. We strive to be as flexible as possible to allow you to come to the interview when it suits you best.