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"Conversations on Women's Rights" July 28, 2022 02 Aug 2022

In the frames of "Domestic Violence and its legal regulations" project, which is implemented by WRC in collaboration with US Embassy, another training/program was aired on Shant TV. 

This time the trainers profoundly approach and present the topic of domestic violence, by concentrating on the identification of domestic violence, the existing stereotypes around it and the reasons preventing women to escape the cycle of domestic violence. 

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“Talks about Women” 16 May 2022

Women’s Rights Center in collaboration with US Embassy in Armenia has started implementing a project on “Domestic Violence and its legal regulations”, since January, 2022. The project is directed on raising awareness about women’s human rights among population, especially women, with the aid to reduce the cases of domestic violence in Armenia,

            Within the scope of the project WRC and “Shant” TV has agreed to broadcast a series of TV program-trainings named “Talks about Women” untill the end of this year. Four programs had been issued at the moment. The trainings are conducted by the staff of the center. Guests including WRC beneficiaries and the representatives of the relevant state or non-state structures, dealing with the issue will participate during the programs.

The trainings are structured to occur in two parts: the first is highlighting various aspects of domestic violence. It covers such topics, as the difference between conflict and domestic violence, its types, causes and consequences, the essence of its prevention. children as victims of being the witnesses of domestic violence, etc. The second part is devoted to the protection of women’s human rights, explaining RA Legislation as well as International Human Rights documents ratified or/and signed by RA Government.

Crisis Center`s Hot line and its Facebook address are provided to the audience  for beneficiaries further visits if needed.

Trainings about Domestic Violence 06 Dec 2021

In the frame of the project “Developing a non-violence culture among Armenian population” with the financial support of the US Embassy in Armenia three trainings devoted to domestic violence against women problem were conducted during the month of November, 2021 in Lori, Tavush and Shirak marzes. In the beginning of the training the essence of domestic violence, its types, causes and consequences were introduced. The second part of the training was devoted to the mechanisms and ways of protection against domestic violence according to the RA legislation and International documents ratified by Armenia.

Each training lasted 4 hours including the video film ‘’No to Domestic Violence’’ presentation with a following discussion. The relevant training materials such as booklets and brochures were distributed and the evaluation forms were filled by the participants.

Round table discussion in Yerevan about domestic violence 12 Nov 2021

          Within the framework of the program "Development of Non-Violent Culture among the Armenian Population", a round table discussion was held on October 28, 2021, in the Ani Hall of “Ani Plaza Hotel” in Yerevan with the participation of 15 police officers and 17 women. The project aimed to establish a spirit of cooperation between the police and women, in order to identify the issues that may hinder the process of domestic violence prevention.

           In the first part of the meeting, the participants watched a movie on the topic of domestic violence. Afterward, the participants addressed the police officers with questions related to the legal regulations of domestic violence. At the end of the meeting, the police representatives made suggestions to provide possible solutions to the identified problematic situations. The recommendations are to be submitted to the RA Government with further follow-up.

TRAINING IN VANADZOR ON DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ISSUE WAS ORGANIZED 25 Aug 2021

The training on domestic violence issue was organized in Vanadzor on August 17, 2021.
The number of participants was 27. After introducing the Women’s Rights Center, the trainers firstly introduced the essence of domestic violence, its types, causes, and consequences. The second part of the training was devoted to the mechanisms and ways of protection in case of domestic violence according to the RA legislation and international documents ratified by Armenia.The training lasted 4 hours including a film demonstration about domestic violence shoot by WRC.
The training materials such as booklets and brochures were distributed. 

At the end of the training, the evaluation forms were filled by participants. As a result of the training, participants became more informed and aware of the issue, learned about the services operating in the field of domestic violence, and assured that they will apply to these relevant services in case of need and will share the information with their relatives and friends.

TRAINING IN YEREVAN ON DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ISSUE WAS ORGANIZED 25 Aug 2021

The  training of August  on domestic violence issues was organized  in Ani Plaza Hotel on August 14, 2021.
The number of participants was 23. After introducing the Women’s Rights Center, the trainers firstly introduced the essence of domestic violence, its types, causes, and consequences. The second part of the training was devoted to the mechanisms and ways of protection in case of domestic violence according to the RA legislation and international documents ratified by Armenia. The training lasted 4 hours including a film demonstration about domestic violence shoot by WRC.  
The training materials such as booklets and brochures were distributed. 
 
Additionally, after finishing the psychological and legal part, the group work has been organized for participants to discuss a specific case of domestic violence. 
As a result of the training, participants became more informed and aware of the issue, learned about the services operating in the field of domestic violence, and assured that they will apply to these relevant services in case of need and will share the information with their relatives and friends.
 

Training in Ijevan on Domestic Violence Issue 05 Jun 2021

A trainingon domestic violence issues was organized  in Ijevan on June 20, 2021.
 At the beginning of the training, the rules were represented for the whole training then the participants were asked to write their expectations from the training on the stickers. After introducing the Women’s Rights Center, the trainers firstly introduced the essence of domestic violence, its types, causes, and consequences. The second part of the training was devoted to the mechanisms and ways of protection in case of domestic violence according to the RA legislation and international documents ratified by Armenia. The training lasted 4 hours.
The training materials such as booklets and brochures were distributed. 
 
Additionally, after finishing the psychological and legal part, the group work has been organized for participants to discuss a specific case of domestic violence. 

At the end of the training, the evaluation forms were filled by participants. As a result of the training, participants became more informed and aware of the issue, learned about the services operating in the field of domestic violence, and assured that they will apply to these relevant services in case of need and will share the information with their relatives and friends.

The guest of the program was Manush Maralchyan, the President of “Young Tavush” NGO. 03 Jun 2021

The series of the TV program “Talks about women’s rights” is devoted to the coverage of the issue of domestic violence in Armenia, the RA Law on the “Prevention of Domestic Violence, Protection of the Victims of Domestic Violence and Restoration of Solidarity in the Family”, as well measures to combat violence against women and the international documents ratified by the RA Government.

The guest of the program was Manush Maralchyan, the President of “Young Tavush” NGO.

 “Young Tavush” NGO implements a number of social programs since 2002 but the provision of services to the survivors of domestic violence has been implemented in 2018.

 It should be emphasized that the existence of support centers in the regions has many positive aspects, on one hand to raise awareness of domestic violence issue, its manifestations, ways to combat it, and on the other hand to provide free psychological and legal assistance to the victims of domestic violence, as well as to work with perpetrators.

Returning to the “Young Tavush” NGO, it also deals with the economic empowerment of women by organizing trainings for women subjected to violence and enabling them to enter the job market.

In herspeech, M. Maralchyan highlighted the adoption of the RA Law on the “Prevention of Domestic Violence, Protection of the Victims of Domestic Violence and Restoration of Solidarity in the Family”, noting the necessity of defence mechanisms for the maximum protection of the woman.

During 2020, 90-100 cases of domestic violence were registered which is quite a large number for the organization dealing with the issue over the last 2 years. 50 of the registered cases were actual cases, the others were Hotline consultations.

For a person being the victim of domestic violence, the trust that has been gained over the years is important and thanks to which many women apply to the organization while being confident about the privacy of personal data.

In fact, there are relatively few cases of family reconciliation, which mostly depends not on the lack of love, but on the perpetrator’s desire to rule.

Each case of domestic violence needs a different approach, as we are dealing with a human factor, closed relations, which requires experience and knowledge by service providers.  

 

The guest of the program was Maria Karapetyan, the Deputy of National Assembly of RA. 15 May 2021

The series of the TV program “Talks about women’s rights” is devoted to the coverage of the issue of domestic violence in Armenia, the RA Law on the “Prevention of Domestic Violence, Protection of the Victims of Domestic Violence and Restoration of Solidarity in the Family”, as well measures to combat violence against women and the international documents ratified by the RA Government.

The guest of the program was Maria Karapetyan, the Deputy of National Assembly of RA.

The adoption of the RA Law on the “Prevention of Domestic Violence, Protection of the Victims of Domestic Violence and Restoration of Solidarity in the Family” was subjected to a number of criticism and discussions, but the adoption of this law was essential for the protection of the rights of the victims.

 First of all, it should be noted that the prevention of violence should start from the childhood and upbringing of the child. The stereotypes existing in society can contribute to the intensification of violence, create barriers for the victim and negatively affect her personal life.

 The state takes appropriate measures to decrease the cases of domestic violence and protect women's rights. The establishment of support centers in the regions was one of the important steps not only to raise awareness but also to provide comprehensive services to the survivors of violence, as well as to the perpetrator.

The law has a preventive nature, but there are gaps in the law on domestic violence often leading to protracted litigation, which needs to be solved.

Today, many women avoid raising the issue, thinking that their lives are being made public, on the other hand, it is difficult to reveal the cases without it and to rebuild the family.

 

 

“Women human rights defenders stepping up against gender based violence in Armenia” (2020-2022) project is implemented by the Coalition to Stop Violence against Women with the financial support of the European Union.

 

 

 

Psychological Assistance 12 Apr 2021

Dear women, one of the primary services of the Women's Rights Center is the provision of psychological counseling in both individual and group work formats. About 400 women and children use the center's service throughout the year. Survivors, having been in an environment of violence for many years, acquire the psychology of a victim and are subjected to psychological trauma, which is difficult to overcome on their own. Our goal is to help the survivor to overcome the psychological problems, to get out of the victim's psychology, not to forget about self-care. You will be supported by specialists who have years of work experience in this field.

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