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“Awareness of Domestic Violence among regional health care providers and creation of educational and health consulting center“

Health-care professionals are often the first to contact the women suffering from the effects of domestic violence. Therefore, they need a guidance to develop a pragmatic and sensitive approach to recognise the signs of domestic violence and care of victims

The goal of the project was:

  • To create Educational and Health Care Consulting Center, where trainings for health care professionals dealing with Domestic violence would be held. The trainings would be organized in 4 regions of Georgia: Mtxxeta-Tianety, Shida-Kartly, Kvemo Kartly, Satsxe-Dzavaxety where works Anti-Violence Network for health care providers.
  • To develop a multidisciplinary and co-ordinates co-operation involving NGO, local authorities, judicial, law endorsement and migration authorities.
  • To organize round tables in Tbilisi for health care providers, policy makers, hospitals, trainings for Parliament and Ministry of Health representatives.
  • To train 163 health care teams in Mtxxeta-Tianety, Shida-Kartly, Kvemo Kartly, Satsxe-Dzavaxety i.e. general practitioners, gynaecologists, obstetricians, psychiatrists, surgeons and nurses.
  • For the first time in Georgia with the support of OSCE-ODHR the victim women can get free Ultrasound examination, doctor consultation and laboratory test on STD and so on.

In the Centre works a Hot Line. One-to–one counselling provides an opportunity for people to talk through problems with counselling. Counselling is not advice-giving, but it enables people to talk about their feelings and explore their concerns with someone ready to listen.

We organized a Round Table - ”Elements of effective collaboration between domestic violence advocates and health care providers and governmental representatives”, the goals of which was to bring together the head of hospitals and ambulances (where we held trainings) and representatives of Ministry of Health, Parliamentary and also representatives of International organizations which work on Reproductive Health Problems to share our experiences, give our recommendations for implementation and creation of corporation with them.


Achieved Results

First in Georgia:

  1. Raised a problem of domestic violence among health care providers in 4 regions where works Anti-Violence Network.
  2. Created training center for doctors
  3. Created medical consultation and examination center for victims
  4. Created hot-line for medical consultation
  5. Women’s Center is ready to conduct ultrasound examination
  6. In the Women’s Center we set up biochemical examination
  7. In the Women’s Center we can treat neuroses
  8. Established corporation with the head of hospitals and ambulances where we held trainings with representatives of Ministry of Health, Parliamentary and also representatives of organizations.


  • Developing and implementing public health-domestic violence awareness/education campaigns.
  • Domestic violence trainings for health care providers in regional parts of Georgia.
  • Develop a comprehensive training manual and offer training workshops around the country to help doctors, nurses, medical students.
  • Perform active lobbying on behalf of increased funding for DV women's services and strengthened health policy response on the local, national and international level.
  • Create 15 hour credit program for family doctors, gynecologist, therapeutic, neurologist, pediatricians which will be new vision of this problem.
  • Develop protocols for screening abuse; develop procedures for complete documentation of battering in the medical record; make use of domestic violence referral lists.
  • Lobbying Ministry of Health to implement domestic violence screening standards in all hospitals.
  • Formed network of organization where victims can get assistance.
  • Implemented domestic violence standards and required all hospital departments to have the following in place:
    --written domestic violence protocols specifying the scope and conduct of patient care (including objective criteria for identifying and assessing possible victims of abuse, and policies and procedures that define the hospital's responsibility for collecting, retaining, and safeguarding information and evidentiary material);
    --plan for educating staff about domestic violence identification, treatment, documentation; and a list of private and public community agencies that provide help for abuse victims.
  • Set-up certificate and credit-hours program in the postgraduate training system
  • Negotiated a process of creation of educational program for doctors which gives them possibility to receive full information about the pathology which is the reason of DV and the ways of its treatment.
  • Counseling services for men who batter. Developed a therapy method and counseling services for men who batter.
  • Women’s support (self-help group) - place where they will connect and interact, where they hear about others struggles, and where their witness effective change and where they get consultation advises
  • Established domestic violence resource center. The center serves as a professional library for information DV. The center will be meeting place for doctors, NGO’s representatives and central clearinghouse for dissemination information and publications on DV.
  • Established Close Corporation with Ministry of Health includes them in implementation program.
  • Established close corporation with Parliament.

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