The series of 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 Nelli Duryan, Deputy Head of the General Department of Public Order Protection of the RA Police.
The RA Law on “Prevention of Domestic Violence, Protection of Victims of Domestic Violence, and Restoration of Family Solidarity” was adopted in 2017 on December 13, entered into force in 2018 on January 31.
The adoption of the law was a necessity, which defined the concept of domestic violence, the means of protection of survivors of domestic violence, the functions of the police. Cases of domestic violence have been, are and will be all over the world. Armenia also faces the problem of domestic violence; however, all steps should be aimed at reducing the number of survivors of domestic violence, preventing cases and finding solutions.
The adoption of the law enabled survivors of domestic violence to seek protection and to feel safe. The role of the police is important here, in case an alarm is received, the police officers go to the crime scene, having the right to use protective measures in accordance with the law.
To the question whether the presence of the police in the family is ambiguously perceived, N․ Duryan noted that if society thinks that the police interfere in family life, then there is only one answer: when police officers get home in case they get an alarm of violence, then it is not allowed to talk about the police interfering in people's family life.
“If we compare 2020 to the previous year /for 6 months/, we have 246 examined cases compared to 240 examined cases of the previous year”, mentioned N. Duryan talking about the current statistics.
Thus, as a result of the discussion, the functions envisaged by the law, the changes, the protection means of the survivors of domestic violence, the reconciliation mechanisms were revealed. We must obey the law, we must speak up on violence, be careful and raise legal awareness, and only in this case it will be possible to prevent cases of violence and to help the survivors of domestic violence.
“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․
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The series of TV program on “Talks about women’s rights” was launched on Shant TV.
The TV program 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 as measures to fight violence against women and the international documents ratified by the RA Government.
At the beginning of the program EU Ambassador to Armenia Andrea Wiktorin sent her message to viewers.
The guests of the program were the experts of the Women’s Rights Center, on behalf of the Center psychologist Marine Yeghiazaryan and Attorney Hasmik Pakhanyan. Reference was made to the Law on domestic violence, the gaps in Law, protection mechanisms provided by Law. According to the Center’s Attorney, the adoption of the Law was a necessity in contrast to the existing positive and negative opinions. The problems which are being faced by women subjected to domestic violence in one hand in a state of psychological instability and on the other hand as a consequence of low level of awareness, were represented. Problems include the misrepresentation of the case to the police, the misunderstanding that abuse is always physical, a lack of information about support centers, relevant services, etc.
Due to the state of emergency in the country, Women’s Rights Center continues to provide online assistance to women survivors of domestic violence; one of the positive aspects is that the Center now provides psychological and legal assistance to women not only in the regions of RA, but also women in Nagorno-Karabakh.
As a result of the discussion, existing problems in the sphere were raised, the adoption of the law and its role for women survivors of domestic violence were highlighted one more time, the role of the police was emphasized, and mechanisms in terms of raising awareness of the issue were pointed out.
“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 under the funding from the European Union․
The Beneficiaries of Women's Rights Center who have been affected by socio-economic consequences of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and have social problems occured during quarantine situation are provided with financial support in the frames of KVINNA till KVINNA project. During the program, social assistance was provided to women, paying the utility bills of 22 beneficiaries, and rents of 6 beneficiaries' houses.
Social assistance programs will be ongoing, including programs from the United Nations and the European Union.
The discussion focused on the main problems, gaps and obstacles caused by the epidemic, and submission of organized and response actions by the government. All the participants shared their experience and problems occurred during Coronvirus. Psychologist of Women's rights center also presented activities which were carried in the state emergency. Discussion was summed up with answer and question session.
According to the instituted quarantine regime in the country to control the spread of the highly contagious n bdisease in Armenia, WRC staff is currently working from home, providing assistance to its beneficiaries via social media, and by hot line taking responsibility and making reasonable approach in this situation. As seminars, conferences and other meetings are prohibited WRC staff decided to held online trainings instead. The first online training was held on April 4 and 5 on “What is domestic violence and its legal regulations”. The training was held through Zoom Video Communications and each part lasted 1.5 hours. On April 4 the essence and concept of domestic violence, its types, causes and consequences were represented by the trainer. The second day the trainer spoke about the provisions of RA DV Law, represented amendments and gaps in the Law, also about international conventions. The participants were active and raised many questions on the issue. Their expectations were discussed and summed up at the end of the training.
Marina Yeghiazaryan, the psychologist of Women's Rights Center and Stella Chandiryan, the lawyer of Coalition to Stop Violence against Women spoke about domestic violence and its manifestations, existing gaps of RA Legislation and the brutal incident in Gyumri during Shant TV live programme. The aim of the programme was to illuminate public opinion on domestic violence, which can also have negative effect on the increase of violence.
Women's Rights Center participated in the development of the Strategic planning and Advocacy Action Plan of Coalition to Stop Violence against Women, which took place at the Dilijaz Hotel (Dilijan) on February 22-24. All member organizations of the Coalition are present in the strategic planning. During three day meeting internal/external obstacles and opportunities of the organization were identified, on the basis of which the new points of strategic planning were developed and new mechanisms and means were put forward to follow the strategy plan.
In addition, member organizations discussed and developed new actions of advocacy.
Women's Rights Center participated in the development of the Strategic planning and Advocacy Action Plan of Coalition to Stop Violence against Women, which took place at the Dilijaz Hotel (Dilijan) on February 22-24. All member organizations of the Coalition are present in the strategic planning. During three day meeting internal/external obstacles and opportunities of the organization were identified, on the basis of which the new points of strategic planning were developed and new mechanisms and means were put forward to follow the strategy plan.In addition, member organizations discussed and developed new actions of advocacy.
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