Valentina Šapina

Etiology cluster

Valentina Šapina is employed at the Ministry of the Interior, Police Academy, Police School “Josip Jovic" as a teacher of professional subjects (criminal law). After graduating from the Zagreb Police College, where she graduated in 2006, she got a job in the Ministry of Internal Affairs as a police officer for juvenile delinquency with special focus on domestic violence, which job she worked until 2015 when she was transferred to the position of leader of a group involved in the investigation of blood and sexual offenses, including domestic and juvenile violence. She also performs the duties of a police investigator in such cases. In 2012 at the Faculty of Law in Osijek she completed a postgraduate university study in criminal law and she currently attending a doctoral degree in criminal law at the Faculty of Law in Zagreb with a doctoral dissertation “Criminological Analysis of Homicidal Domestic Violence in the Republic of Croatia". Since 2016 she is a member of the Max Planck Partner Group for Balkan Criminology at the Faculty of Law in Zagreb (researcher at project: Balkan Homicide Study) and since March 2018 she is an associate at the HRZZ project “Croatian Violence Monitor" at the Faculty of Law in Zagreb.


  1. 2012 –present

    Postgraduate study of Criminal law

    Faculty of Law in Zagreb
  2. 2007 – 2012

    Postgraduate Specialist Study Programme of Criminal Law

    Faculty of Law in Osijek
  3. 2002 – 2006

    Degree in Criminology Science

    Police Academy in Zagreb, Higher Police School