The Wife of the President, Elizabeta Gjorgievska visited today the Shelter Center for Victims of Domestic Violence in Strumica.
In the past period of Covid-19 pandemic, due to the restrictive movement measures and the financial restrictions, unfortunately, the number of cases of domestic and gender-based violence has increased. Therefore, it is necessary to encourage victims of domestic and gender-based violence to report it and receive the necessary protection, care, as well as professional counseling to more easily deal with the consequences of violence.
The President’s Wife, together with Afrodita Shalja, Head of the UNFPA MK Office, visited this Center where they met the victims accommodated there, as well as part of the team that provides the necessary assistance.
The purpose of the visit is to support the victims of domestic and gender-based violence by showing them that we all need to work together to raise awareness and promote anti-violence services.
The Center, which started its work at the beginning of last year, was opened by the Citizens’ Association Sky Plus from Strumica in cooperation with the Municipality of Strumica and socially responsible entities, providing temporary acceptance and care of victims of domestic and gender-based violence.
In the Center, the victims of domestic and gender-based violence, in addition to care, receive protection, psycho-social assistance and support, treatment for overcoming trauma, legal counseling, involvement in active employment measures in order to participate in the labor market and achieve financial independence. These activities enable them to be separated from the environment in which the violence took place for a certain period, they are provided with professional counseling services in order to overcome the consequences of the violence and through various contents they are trained for different social skills.
The Republic of North Macedonia ratified in 2017 and in 2018 adopted the Action Plan for implementation of the Istanbul Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence, the special focus in the implementation of which is on national legislation and development of specialized services for victims of gender-based violence.