UNFPA mobile teams start to help violence survivors in Lviv Oblast
Training for mobile teams of psychosocial support will take place in Lviv Oblast
In 2017, 13 602 survivors of gender-based violence received help. More than 60% of them first of all turned to the specialists of mobile teams. This fact tells us about the level of trust that is the most important step in such cases.
On February 14, 2018, the training for mobile teams of psychosocial support took place in Lviv Oblast. During three days, specialists took a closer look on social and psychological features of violence survivors' needs, international principles and national legislative provision in the field of domestic violence prevention.

The event was opened with a welcome speech by Ms Nataliya Fedorovych, Deputy of the Minister of Social Policy.

In total, there are five mobile teams in Lviv Oblast, each of which consisting of psychologists and social workers. Every mobile team is providing psychological consultations, creating "safety plans" with contacts of the respective service centers, and individually provides the necessary support to violence survivors.

In December 2017, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted the Law "On Prevention and Combating of Domestic Violence" that focuses on the creation of special support services for survivors. By creating and supporting the work of mobile teams of psychosocial support to survivors, by establishing shelters for survivors, and by supporting the 27/4 toll-free National hotline, UNFPA together with the Ministry of Social Policy, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and other partners is already developing models for providing such assistance.

In 2015, UNFPA in partnership with the Ukrainian Foundation for Public Health established the work of 26 mobile teams in five eastern oblasts of Ukraine. Since 2018, the activity has expanded to 10 oblasts, in particular: Kyiv, Lviv, Vinnytsia, Donetsk, Zaporizhzhia, Dnipropetrovsk, Kherson, Lugansk, Kharkiv and Odessa.

In 2017, 13 602 survivors of gender-based violence received help. More than 60% of them first resorted to the specialists of the mobile teams. This is a telling fact on the level of trust that is the most important step in such cases.

The work of mobile teams of social and psychological assistance is supported by the United Nations Population Fund in partnership with the ICF "Ukrainian Foundation for Public Health" and in close cooperation with the Ministry of Social Policy of Ukraine. The activities are provided within the framework of the project "An Integrated Response to Solving Violence Against Women and Girls in Ukraine" funded by the United Kingdom Government.

The work of UNFPA mobile teams is being supported by UNFPA and implemented by the Health Right Foundation in Ukraine and in close cooperation with the Ministry of Social Policy of Ukraine. The activities are conducted in the framework of the project "Integrated response to end gender based violence against vulnerable women and adolescent girls in Ukraine" that is financed by the UK Government (via DFID).
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