News: Vinnytsia Became a Participant in the UNFPA Program "Cities Free of Domestic Violence" for 2020-2021
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Vinnytsia Became a Participant in the UNFPA Program "Cities Free of Domestic Violence" for 2020-2021

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In May this year, UNFPA (the United Nations Population Fund) launched a new program to prevent and combat domestic and gender-based violence. Vinnytsia has become one of the 10 cities in Ukraine where this program will be implemented.

The key direction of the program "Cities Free of Domestic Violence" is to strengthen the capacity and role of cities in building sustainable mechanisms for protection and assistance to victims, developing a network of quality specialized services, improving coordination and interagency cooperation at the city level, and involving urban residents in the prevention and early detection of such cases in communities.

In cooperation with selected cities, it is planned to provide technical support to cities to build a municipal system to prevent and combat domestic and gender-based violence.

"We have already taken significant steps in creating sustainable mechanisms for providing assistance to victims. In particular, the city Mobile Brigade of Social and Psychological Assistance to Victims of Domestic Violence was created and a new car was purchased to ensure its efficient operation, the premises of the Center for Social Services were expanded to provide more comfortable conditions for employees and clients. Participation in the project will allow us to further strengthen our efforts to prevent and combat domestic and gender-based violence in our community. We are interested in introducing innovative models of service provision, expanding their network and accessibility, creating conditions in which victims can more quickly and effectively overcome the consequences of violence," said Nataliia Dobrovolska, director of the City Center for Social Services for Families, Children and Youth.

According to Natalia Dobrovolska, the city now needs to create a day center for victims and a crisis room. They want to teach affected women to become financially independent. To do this, they must master a profession. This will be one of the points of rehabilitation of victims. The city's Center for Social Services for Families, Children and Youth looks forward to working closely with UNFPA.