Petra Vitousova is the Founder and President of Bily Kruh Bezpeci. She completed her studies in Journalism. She is also the Founder of hotline for victims of domestic violence, Czech Republic; and Founder of Alliance Against Domestic Violence, Czech Republic. Petra is an Ashoka Fellow, and Member, Executive Committee, European Forum for Victim Service.
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Bily Kruh Bezpeci
Bily Kruh Bezpeci (BKB) is the first organization of its kind in the Czech Republic, providing individuals with the necessary services to make well-informed decisions concerning their legal and personal options as victims of criminal behaviour. Through advice centres located in several locations in the country, victims are offered emotional support, free counselling, legal aid and practical advice about the prosecutorial process.
BKB consists of some 260 professionals, including lawyers, psychologists, psychiatrists, judges, police officers and social workers, who volunteer at one of nine advice centres. The organization runs a 24-hour helpline for crime victims, and an intervention centre and 24-hour helpline for victims of domestic violence, known as DONA. Since being established in 2001, the DONA helpline has received more than 37,000 calls.
One of the BKB goals is to improve the legal status of victims in criminal proceedings. It therefore offers training programmes for police officers, judges, medical staff, social workers, university students and staff members at shelters, designed to raise awareness and sensitivity to the rights and needs of victims.
In September 2011 BKB celebrated its twentieth anniversary, during which time it has supported Czech Republic crime victims through 126,538 contacts, including phone calls and face-to-face counselling.