29 May 2013, Kyiv – One in the series of trainings “The Psychological Adjustment of Home Aggressors” took place at the Office of the Ukrainian Ombudsperson bringing together practicing psychologists from the centers of social and psychological aid in Ukraine. The event unveiled a joint initiative of the United Nations Development Programme and the Office of the Ukrainian Ombudsperson aimed at preventing and combatting domestic violence.

29 May 2013, Kyiv – One in the series of trainings “The Psychological Adjustment of Home Aggressors” took place at the Office of the Ukrainian Ombudsperson bringing together practicing psychologists from the centers of social and psychological aid in Ukraine. The event unveiled a joint initiative of the United Nations Development Programme and the Office of the Ukrainian Ombudsperson aimed at preventing and combatting domestic violence.

This initiative envisages partnership in monitoring field visits to assess the quality of services by specialized institutions to persons who suffered domestic violence while delivering training programmes to prevent and eliminate domestic violence.

While starting the training, the Representative of the Ombudsperson on the Rights of the Child, Nondiscrimination, and Gender Equality Ms. Aksana Filipishina stated: “An effective protection and assistance to victims of domestic violence are the instruments which ensure the right of a person for a safe living, free of humiliation and fear, and the right for a psychological and physical immunity. Despite the fact that the “Law on Prevention of Domestic Violence” has been in effect for 10 years now, it nonetheless failed to become as effective instrument in preventing domestic violence in Ukraine. Therefore, one of the priorities of the Office of the Ombudsperson is prevention of violence against women and prevention of domestic violence”.

Ms. Filipishina stressed that inadequate or insufficient action on behalf of the agencies responsible for the prevention of domestic violence is a factor that interferes with victims obtaining proper and adequate assistance while the offenders are left unpunished.

This urges the improvement of the professional level of specialists working in the field of domestic violence, specifically targeting the specialists engaged with correctional programmes. The topic selected for the training specifically identified psychological correction of offenders as an entry point to combatting domestic violence. Assistance to victims of domestic violence may not be effective without correctional work on domestic offenders while ensuring safety within the family.

The next training events will involve specialists from the Centers for Social Services for Family, Children, and Youth, district police officers, and judges conducting cases of domestic violence.

The training was organized within the UNDP “Democratization, Human Rights, and Civil Society Development in Ukraine” project funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark during 2013-2016.

More information from: http://www.undp.org.ua/en/media/41-democratic-governance/1610-ukrainian-ombudsperson-and-undp-join-forces-to-prevent-and-combat-domestic-violence