Women’s Support Center’s project coordinator Hasmik Gevorgyan together with our lawyer Nona Galstyan has just come back from a workshop in Minnesota, US. They participated as a part of Armenian delegation, which also included representatives from Police, Investigative Committee and Ministry of Justice. The purpose of the workshop was to identify best practices in the implementation of domestic violence laws.
The workshop provided an extraordinary opportunity for the Armenian Delegation to receive Community Coordinated Response training tailored specifically to the needs of Armenia by the staff of Global Rights for Women and the Duluth Abuse Intervention Project, recently awarded by Vice President Biden for advances in the domestic violence response.
In addition to the session in Duluth, the workshop also included peer-to-peer meetings and a variety of observations in both Duluth and Minneapolis, Minnesota. Participants had direct contact with the agencies that lead coordination – including police, prosecutors, probation and the judiciary. We are grateful to the Global Rights for Women for making this happen!
April 13, 2017
Welcome to our quarterly e-newsletter designed to keep you informed of our current
activities. Below we highlight the work we’ve carried out in the past few months to ensure the
safety of women and children victims of domestic violence and advocate for change.
April 7, 2017
Great news! Survivor & WSC beneficiary Hasmik Khachatryan received an award from the UNFPA Armenia for the courage she found in herself to break the cycle of violence. This award was presented within the scope of event organized by the Prime Minister to encourage best businesswomen of Armenia. After escaping abuse and near death, she worked with our staff to overcome trauma and enrolled in our economic empowerment program. Defying all odds, she is now a single working mother with a thriving small business baking traditional Armenian sweets. We are so happy for Hasmik!
March 21, 2017
March 15, 2017
March 15, 2017
Our project coordinator Hasmik Gevorgyan participated in a discussion at Azatutyun radio which was dedicated to the recent horrible murder in the Manusaryan family. Sadly, abused woman went to the Police for several times and asked for help, however this did not stop the abuser. Hasmik emphasized that the Police does not have enough functions that would allow effective DV prevention. This is yet another terrific evidence that the DV law is an urgent issue and prolongation costs lives.
The discussion is available here: http://www.azatutyun.am/a/27858600.html
July 18, 2016
On July 15th, WSC’s Executive Director Maro Matosian was a penalist at the conference organized by Partnership for Open Society. The discussion was dedicated to the perspectives of civil society on EU-Armenia Relations. Maro Matosian presented women rights and budgeting needs in Armenia.
July 18, 2016
On June 13th, the staff of Women’s Support Center took part in a protest together with the Coalition to Stop Violence Against Women in front of the Administrative Court of Shengavit. The protest aimed to raise public awareness about ineffectiveness of our court systems, which made it possible for the abuser to murder the mother of his wife and to heavily injure the father and the wife. Absence of DV law costs lives, the adoption of the DV law should not be postponed.
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July 18, 2016
Yesterday a press conference took place at Media Center that was dedicated to the first femicide report in Armenia. The report is sponsored by the Coalition to Stop Violence Against Women, and the author of the report is Women’s Support Center’s data analyst Ani Jilozian. Here are several most important points from the report:
· From 2010 to 2015 there were at least 30 cases of femicide in Armenia
· From 30 cases at least in 19 women were killed either by means of a knife or a blunt object
· 26 murders were carried out at home
A law criminalizing domestic violence and mechanisms of referral and treatment of domestic violence cases is absolutely critical in sending a strong message that criminalized behavior is unacceptable in Armenian society.
The press conference is available in Armenian language here:
The report in English is available here:
May 31, 2016
WSC Researcher and Writer Ani Jilozian authored Armenia’s first ever femicide report, published by the Coalition to Stop Violence Against Women, which records the death of women killed by intimate partners and family members and sheds light on acts of violence that are uniquely experienced by women in Armenia. Describing in depth the lethality risk factors and systemic impunity and injustice in the Armenian context, the report is intended to be used as a tool for change in the community. You can find the report here: http://coalitionagainstviolence.org/en/femicide-en/
May 16, 2016