Anila, a married woman with three children, had lived in the neighboring Greece for around ten years. After the heavy financial crisis, her family no longer had a stable job. When they returned home, Anila discovered their hard-earned savings from Greece had been lost to her husband’s gambling habits. By the time she filed for divorce, she had no money left to hire a lawyer.
When Drita, 22, recently arrived at the National Centre for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of the Victims of Domestic Abuse, near Tirana, she had already been head of household, a mother, a wife, a girl, and a dreamer.
Rina spent the last three months of her last pregnancy at a shelter for survivors of domestic violence in Tirana. She and two of her younger children, aged 2 and 5, had fled their abusive home in Burrel, in the mountains of northern Albania.