Housing care for victims of domestic violence

The Central State Office for Reconstruction and Housing Care provides housing care for victims of domestic violence in the territory of the entire Republic of Croatia by renting out appropriate housing units

Under the Act on Housing Care in Assisted Areas, the Central State Office for Reconstruction and Housing Care provides housing care for victims of domestic violence in the territory of the entire Republic of Croatia by renting out appropriate housing units. 


Where to submit an application

Persons with the status of domestic violence victims can submit the application for housing care to the competent administrative body in the county or the City of Zagreb throughout the year.


Requirements for exercising the right to housing care

To be able to exercise the right to housing care, the person having the status of a victim of domestic violence must meet the following requirements: 
  • final court ruling on the domestic violence committed against the applicant
  • that the applicant does not own or co-own any other habitable family house or apartment in the territory of the Republic of Croatia
  • that the applicant lacks sufficient funds to ensure an appropriate housing unit required for residence, and is unable to secure such funds with his/her work, property income, from the maintenance debtor or otherwise, or when the total income and total receipts of the applicant and adult members of his/her household do not exceed the amount of one budgetary basis per month
  • recommendation of the competent social welfare centre on the need to provide housing care for the victim of domestic violence.


Who decides on the right to housing care

The first-instance body that received the application, i.e. the competent administrative body in the county or the City of Zagreb, adopts the decision on providing housing care to the victim of domestic violence in the duration of no more than two years and delivers it to the Central State Office for implementation.

An appeal against the first-instance body’s decision is resolved by the second-instance body, i.e. the Central State Office for Reconstruction and Housing Care.


Additional information – permanent housing care

Persons with the status of domestic violence victims may also exercise the right to permanent housing care in the area within the scope of the Act on Housing Care in Assisted Areas (assisted area or area of special state concern).

The application for permanent housing care is submitted to the competent administrative body in the county, each year from 1 January to 31 January, together with the documents prescribed in the Regulation on criteria for ranking applications for housing care.
Under the said Regulation, an application in which a family member who has the status of a victim of domestic violence is listed is awarded 40 points, whereas the status must be proved by a final court ruling on the committed domestic violence.

Ranked applications are included on priority lists which are established by the competent administrative bodies according to the housing care model. These administrative bodies grant the rights on housing care according to the order on final priority lists and in accordance with funds available in the state budget and available state-owned housing stock.

Decisions on the right to housing care are submitted by the competent administrative bodies to the Central State Office for Reconstruction and Housing Care for implementation.