EU Twinning projects

EU Twinning Project "Strengthening State Institutions and Local Referral Mechanisms in Azerbaijan to Ensure Safety and Support for Victims of Domestic Violence"

On 30 June 2020 the European Union Delegation to Azerbaijan announced that Lithuanian institutions together with Austrian colleagues were awarded the contract to implement EU Twinning Project "Strengthening the capacity of State bodies and local level referral mechanisms to provide safety and support to victims of domestic violence in Azerbaijan". 

The leading member state in the project is Lithuanian Ministry of Social Security and Labour which will be co-operating with Vilnius University, the Law Institute of Lithuania under the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Lithuania, European Social Fund Agency and Austrian Institute of Human Rights (BIM), acting as the Junior project partner. 

The overall objective of the project is to strengthen capacity of the Azerbaijani State bodies and local level referral mechanisms to provide safety and support to the victims of domestic violence, to develop networks and strengthen inter-agency cooperation, provide specific trainings for the social workers, judges, journalists how to address issues related to the domestic violence and to carry awareness raising campaign on increasing understandings of gender equality and the VAW &DV. 

The project consists of three components:

  1. Development of an effective legal policy to fully implement the law on the prevention of domestic violence.
  2. Strengthening the institutional capacity of the State Committee for Family, Women and the Child and the Observatory on Domestic Violence in the Republic of Azerbaijan.
  3. Public awareness rising in the prevention of domestic violence field.

Results to be achieved:

  • Strengthen the legal status of domestic violence Monitoring Groups.
  • Create a legal environment conducive to the criminalization of domestic violence offences.
  • Establish a national referral mechanism on domestic violence reporting.
  • Establish a mechanism for legal and psychological assistance to victims of domestic violence by organizing trainings for professionals working in the field of VAW prevention and assistance.
  • Develop rehabilitation program for perpetrators.
  • Increased public awareness of the problem of domestic violence.

Project budget – 1 million EUR, foreseen duration – 14 months. 

Considering the restrictions on movement caused by COVID-19 pandemic the start of the project is foreseen from 1 September 2020.

In October–November 2021 Audra Mikalauskaitė and Daina Urbonaitienė, experts of the Ministry, took part in missions dedicated to the training of specialists on the provision of services to victims of violence and the organization of preventive assistance.

On 25–30th of October trainings were conducted at Saatli and Shuvalan Family and Child Support Service Centers, attended by more than 50 professionals: social workers, school psychologists, local administration representatives, volunteers.

During the training, the development of relevant assistance system for victims of violence, planning of services and organization of its provision were discussed. During the practical sessions, specific forms, and ways of helping the victims of domestic violence were modeled. The training will continue in November–December.

Last updated: 18-11-2021