On 2 July, a day centre for social and psychological assistance for persons who have experienced domestic and gender-based violence was opened in Pokrovsk, in the Donetsk Oblast of Ukraine.
The centre was established as a part of the UN Recovery and Peacebuilding Programme, financed by the European Union and other partners, and implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Ukraine and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).
The newly opened centre will work 24/7, and is designed to become a place of shelter for people who are facing various forms of violence. Here, they will be able, not only to protect themselves from offenders, but also receive comprehensive counselling, along with psychological, legal and social assistance.
“The long-lasting armed conflict in eastern Ukraine and the COVID-19 pandemic have only added to the dire challenges for people already facing injustice, and have exacerbated the problem of domestic and gender-based violence,” UN Recovery and Peacebuilding Programme Manager VictorMunteanu said. “We’re convinced that this centre will become a beacon of hope for those who no longer have anyone to rely on, and a place to seek help and protection.”
The work of the centre will focus on psychological assistance for violence survivors and their rehabilitation. In particular, the centre’s specialists will organise joint group classes to enrich the therapeutic effect and speed up the recovery process.
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