WLC experts have trained the representatives of ATU Gagauzia law enforcement bodies in preventing and combating domestic violence.
Chisinau, 17 November 2017 – For the first time, 22 police officers and 4 public lawyers from ATU Gagauzia participated in a training concerning the good practices on domestic violence response, which took place in Comrat on 16 and 17 November.
‘Today’s workshop is extremely important since domestic violence is also a serious problem for the villages from the South region of the country. We managed to gather at one table police inspectors, prosecutors, judges, psychologists and representatives of non-governmental organisations and to present them a multisectoral approach for domestic violence response. This is an unique experience for our region’, stated the host of the event, Antonina Volcova, Executive Director at ONG ‘Vesta’.
The workshop aimed to enhance the response of the police in cases of domestic violence. The lecture was given by a team of national trainers with a vast experience in training and advocacy on combating domestic violence. The participants improved their skills as regards the effective and prompt investigation of domestic violence, protection of victims, and provision of complex support for the latter.
Biceva Tatiana, Senior Inspector at Child Protection Department of Ceadir-Lunga Police Inspectorate, describes the training as active and very useful. ‘The training combines very well the theoretical and practical aspects. We discuss and analyse real cases. Today we’ve learned about how to correctly apply the response guideline and assess violence from different perspectives: who the victim is, who the perpetrator is, and to look at them beyond our stereotypes. Both the victim and the aggressor are in the first place humans who need help’, states Tatiana.
‘Over the past years, WLC conducted, under the partnership with GPIs, trainings for the police officers from all across the country, and we are happy that today we are in Comrat and we can share the good practices on domestic violence response. Each police officer was given a booklet, in Russian language, containing methodological guidelines about how the police is to act to prevent and combat domestic violence cases, which will allow the police officers to apply appropriately the law in force’, said Eleonora Grosu, WLC Program Coordinator.
The workshop was conducted in partnership with the NGO ‘Vesta’ – an association of seven women’s organizations from ATU Gagauzia, with the financial support of the OSCE Mission to Moldova and OAK Foundation. The event is one of a series of trainings aimed to improve the skills of law enforcement bodies on domestic violence response.