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National Study on Domestic and Gender-Based Violence (DGBV) and Elaboration of Victim Support Model (VSM)

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The project is funded under Program BG 12 “Domestic and Gender-Based Violence” of the Norwegian Financial Mechanism 2009-2014.

The project is  implemented in partnership with the Center for the Study of Democracy and the Human Rights Academy, Norway.

The project aims to contribute to the prevention of domestic and gender-based violence and to improve the situation of the victims in Bulgaria, with a specific focus on Roma women and girls. The activities, implemented to achieve the objectives of the project include:

  • Legal, institutional and policy analyses
  • Quantitative and Qualitative Research
  • Development and piloting of a Victim Support Model
  • Generating specific recommendations
  • Advocacy and dissemination activities

The main target groups of the project are victims of domestic and gender-based violence in the country in general and those among Roma communities. Special attention is paid to those housed in crisis centers. The respondents also include law enforcement and social care agencies, specialists in crisis centers, NGOs activists and central authorities.

The results of the research are disseminated among a wide range of experts and stakeholders- police officers, social workers, specialists in child protection, specialists in crisis centers, local communities and other organizations working in the field.

Within this project Partners-Bulgaria Foundation strives to contribute to the development of knowledge and experience regarding the prevention and response to domestic violence and gender-based violence in the country. As a result of the project, a comprehensive and independent analysis was compiled and made available to all interested parties in order to facilitate making more informed and evidence-based policy decisions.  Additionally, the acquired data and experience serves to develop and test a Victim Support Model, whish purpose is to engage both local communities and key stakeholders in the country with the issue at hand, especially the need for protection of victims of domestic and gender-based violence.

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