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 Liana Sargsyan, the Program Manager of “Myradoon” of “Lighthouse” Charitable Foundation.
“Armenian Lighthouse” Charitable Foundation implements a number of social programs, helps many families providing them with educational, psychological and financial support. The “Myradoon” program was launched in 2011 which is a shelter for women subjected to violence and their children. As mentioned by L. Sargsyan in her speech, the main goal of the program is that no Armenian child appears in the orphanage.
Women receive appropriate psychological and legal assistance, social and medical support while being in the shelter. All actions are carried out in cooperation with state and non-state institutions. During 10 years of operation, “Myradoon” has accepted 382 women and 610 children.
The shelter is essential for women survivors of domestic violence, as most of them have been left out in the streets without any source of support. Society often targets those women for whom the shelter is the final ray of hope.
Violence is an evil that takes away thousands of lives. Living in an unfavorable environment for many years a woman often refuses to get out of that situation and start a new life. Here the RA Law on the “Prevention of Domestic Violence, Protection of the Victims of Domestic Violence and Restoration of Solidarity in the Family” is powerless because the woman decides how to arrange her life and how to continue living in. The shelter is a safe space for a woman as the perpetrator threatens not only the woman but also her relatives, thus the shelter ensures the woman’s safety. Moreover, such centers give women the opportunity to acquire professional skills which will help them in job hunting.
The RA Law on the “Prevention of Domestic Violence, Protection of the Victims of Domestic Violence and Restoration of Solidarity in the Family” defines the maximum period of stay in a shelter as 12 months. The decision on placement in the shelter is made by the police and support centers based on the application of women survivors.
The shelter is a necessity that is often the last ray of hope for women subjected to domestic violence.
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