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Estonia and United States Are Helping Georgia Fight Against Domestic Violence


On 4 November, Ambassador of Estonia Priit Turk, Ambassador of the United States Richard Norland, and Georgian Minister of Internal Affairs Irakli Gharibashvili opened a conference in Tbilisi about the fight against domestic violence. The event is taking place in the framework of a joint Estonia-US development cooperation project entitled “Capacity Building for Georgian Authorities on Combating Domestic Violence”.

According to Ambassador Priit Turk, the experiences of Estonia and the United States in combating domestic violence provide support for the creation of a system that is effective in Georgian society. “The citizens of every country have the right to a decent living environment. We want to contribute to the prevention and reduction of domestic violence in Georgia through cooperation between Estonian and US experts,” said Ambassador Turk.

Turk also stressed the importance of shaping public opinion in the fight against domestic violence. “In this context, the media also has a very important role in raising societal awareness and promoting discussion by publishing analytical problem statements,” stated Ambassador Turk.

Ambassador Turk also expressed thanks to colleagues from the United States, the Tbilisi representation of the International Organization for Migration, and the Georgian partners for their cooperation in implementing the project.

The Estonian Police and Border Guard College and the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs in the Embassy of the United States to Georgia are carrying out a joint project with the objective of preventing intimate partner violence and putting together an intervention course. Throughout the course of the project, 15 trainings will be conducted about domestic violence in different regions of Georgia. The training programme is directed towards those who are associated with the field of intimate partner violence, such as officials from the Georgian Ministry of Internal affairs and Ministry of Justice as well as medical social organisation workers.

The cooperative project was started in September 2012 and will go through the end of February 2014. The Georgian Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Georgian Police Academy, the Estonian Police and Border Guard Board, and the International Organization for Migration’s Tbilisi representation were partners in the project.

Georgia is a development cooperation priority country for Estonia and the fight against domestic violence is one of the priority themes for Estonia’s development cooperation programme for Georgia in the period 2012-2015.



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