Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence in Armenia

Start date: 17 April 2018
Duration: until 31 December 2018
Donor: Donors contributing to the Council of Europe Action Plan for Armenia 2015–18; currently Norway and France
Partners: Academy of Justice and the Police of Armenia
Contact person: Liana Amirbekyan, Project Officer

The Project “Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence in Armenia” aims at strengthening the capacity of key stakeholders involved in preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence. The Council of Europe focuses on increasing the knowledge of professionals and facilitating exchanges and best practices in the implementation of the Armenian new law on domestic violence and of the relevant European standards, in particular, the Council of Europe Istanbul Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence.

The project objectives are:

  • To increase the knowledge of legal professionals on how to put the victim and her needs at the centre when dealing with the cases of violence against women and domestic violence. This approach will be implemented through targeted trainings, peer-to-peer exchanges and expert support to develop a training curriculum for the Academy of Justice.
  • To strengthen the knowledge of law enforcement professionals on violence against women and domestic violence through targeted trainings, development of a practical handbook for police officers to deal with cases and dissemination of relevant materials.
  • To raise awareness on the Council of Europe Istanbul Convention and its standards among relevant stakeholders.

The project partners are the Academy of Justice and the Police of Armenia. Additionally, the Council of Europe co-operates with different state institutions, non-governmental organisations and international and donor organisations working in the field of combating violence against women and domestic violence.