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Support of the rehabilitation and adaptation of a building for a crisis centre for the victims of domestic violence

Domestic violence in Georgia is a serious social problem, which has still not been properly addressed by the country.  According to the statistics, every 11th woman regularly experiences physical violence in their family, and every 3rd one experiences psychological violence, such as degrading or name-calling. Despite the increasing interest of the Georgian authorities in the problem,  in the last several years, the policy of the country, sensitivity of its national bodies, legislation and the condition of appropriate infrastructure leave a lot to be desired in comparison to the scale of the problem. In Georgia, which has 3.8 mln residents, there are only four shelters for victims of domestic violence (Tbilisi, Gori, Kutaisi, Signakhi), which can house a total of 80 persons. Georgia has no national crisis centres which could provide shelter or medical, legal and psychological aid in emergency situations.

A partner organisation, the Anti-Violence Network of Georgia, has run two crisis centres in Tbilisi and Achalciche (AVNG) for several years now. On 13 April 2016, the AVNG signed an agreement with a Georgian State Treasury Agency for lending for use a building to house a crisis centre for victims of domestic violence. Under this agreement, the organisation was granted the right to use the building for 15 years free of charge. The agreement shall be valid provided that the building is renovated (with the funds amounting to lari 250,000) within 12 months of signing the agreement, and the crisis centre capable of holding 20 people simultaneously is opened within the next two months.

Support of the rehabilitation and adaptation of a building for a crisis centre for the victims of domestic violence

The project is scheduled to be implemented from 1 July to 15 December 2016, within the framework of the cooperation between the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Tbilisi and its local partner, the Anti-Violence Network of Georgia organisation (AVNG).

The objective of the project is to facilitate the creation of a crisis centre for victims of domestic violence, which instantaneously provides shelter, medical, psychological and legal aid , so that the victim does not have to wait for the bureaucratic procedure confirming their victim status. Currently, Georgia has no national facilities of this kind, and the two AVNG facilities can take in a limited number of people.

The project activities will include some of the repair and adaptation works necessary to create the crisis centre. The repair and adaptation works will comprise: preparatory and dismantling works, replacing the roof, renovating the façade, replacing windows in the entire building, replacing the electric and water supply and drainage installations in the entire building and renovating the first floor (out of two) on a turnkey basis.

Victims of domestic violence will be the beneficiaries of the project. The crisis centre seated in the renovated building will be able to take in 23 people simultaneously, including one disabled person and two victims of human trafficking.

The project was fully funded by the Polish Aid's funds and its value amounted to approximately PLN 340,000 (approximately EUR 82,000). For the purposes of calculation, the following exchange rate was applied: USD 1 = PLN 4.1749.

Support of the rehabilitation and adaptation of a building for a crisis centre for the victims of domestic violence

The project was implemented from 1 August to 15 December 2016. Its objective was to support the launch of the crisis centre for victims of domestic violence. The crisis centre instantaneously provides shelter, medical, psychological and legal aid , so that the victim does not have to wait for the official procedure confirming their victim status. That objective was accomplished by completing repair and adaptation works in the building leased by the partner’s organisation from the State Treasury for 15 years. The repair works in the building included, among others, replacing the entire electric, heating water and water supply and drainage and gas installations as well as replacing the roof covering, windows and doors. Moreover, a major renovation was carried out on the ground floor, comprising, among others, replacing the flooring and sanitary fittings.

The crisis centre will be able to take in 25 people simultaneously, including human trafficking victims and people with disabilities.