The First Crisis Center for the Victims of Domestic Violence has been opened in Tbilisi
Date: Tuesday, September 6, 2016
State Fund for the Protection and Assistance of the (Statutory) Victims of Human Trafficking (hereinafter “State Fund”) hosted an opening ceremony of the first state-run crisis center for the victims of domestic violence in Georgia based in the capital, Tbilisi. The event was supported by UN Women in the framework of the UN Joint Programme to Enhance Gender Equality funded by the government of Sweden.
“I am very happy to launch this state funded crisis center that will provide services to all in need, regardless of their official victim status” stated Mr. David Sergeenko, the Minister of Labour, Health and Social Affairs of Georgia at the opening ceremony.
Head of Swedish Development Cooperation Ms. Molly Lien stressed, that “the opening of the center is remarkable not only because it provides much needed services to the victims of domestic violence, but also because it contributes to broader gender equality agenda in the country and to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals”.
The Tbilisi crisis center has the possibility to accommodate alleged victims of domestic violence until the official domestic violence victim status is granted that entitles beneficiaries to be transferred to state-run shelters. The victims not willing/needing to be placed in a crisis center or shelter can visit the center for other services such as psycho-social rehabilitation, legal aid, first aid/emergency medical assistance during the working days. The crisis center that was opened in Tbilisi can accommodate 18 persons at once, including children and persons with special needs (disabilities).
UN Women in partnership with the government of Sweden and European Union plans to support expanding of the network of crisis centers in other regions of Georgia, providing services not only to the victims of domestic violence but also to the victims/survivors of sexual violence outside the context of domestic violence. The plans also include elaboration of standards for the service provision for the victims/survivors of sexual violence and development of a training-module on the issues of sexual violence for the employees of the state-run center, shelters and the hotline.