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Cities and Communities Free from Violence

About Project

“Cities and Communities Free from Violence” is a project of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Ukraine to develop municipal systems of response and prevention of gender-based violence (GBV).

The project aims to strengthen the capacity and role of cities in building sustainable mechanisms to protect and help survivors of domestic and gender-based violence.

The project provides support for development of a network of high-quality specialised services and the improvement of multisectoral coordination and cooperation at the municipal level. It also mobilises communities to identify early signs of GBV and prevent abuse. 

Development of a municipal GBV response and prevention system is based on 4P principles and includes the following:

  • prevention – fostering zero tolerance approach to violence in the community and      strengthening the readiness of community members to counteract manifestations of GBV; 
  • protection and services –  improving the access of survivors, regardless of age and health status, to quality  comprehensive services that meet their needs, as well as the provision of these services; 
  • prosecution – ensuring that domestic violence cases are properly addressed, bringing the perpetrator to justice and changing the model of their behaviour;
  • policies – establishing of a coordinated multisectoral response to violence, ensuring effective and timely assistance in every case. 

The project started with a competitive selection among cities with a population of over 50,000 people from 12 regions of Ukraine (Vinnytsia, Dnipropetrovsk, Donetsk, Zaporizhia, Kyiv, Luhansk, Lviv, Mykolaiv, Odesa, Poltava, Kharkiv, Kherson), announced in May 2020.

UNFPA applied the following criteria when selecting partner-cities:

Stable motivation of the city leadership to drive development of effective GBV response and prevention system;

Allocation of funding from the city budget for the development of GBV response and prevention system;

Readiness to accept and commit (agreed in the framework of signing the Memorandum of Understanding between the city and UNFPA Ukraine) to sustain the results / services achieved within the project;

The level of coordination and collaboration between the subjects of GBV response at the city level;

Availability and engagement of local civil society organisations (working in the relevant area) in the coordination process.

In total, 32 Ukrainian cities submitted their applications for participation, of which 15 became partner-cities of the project for 2020-2021, such as: Vinnytsia, Dnipro, Kyiv, Konstiantynivka, Kramatorsk, Kremenchuk, Lviv, Melitopol, Mykolaiv, Odesa, Pokrovsk, Poltava, Sievierodonetsk, Kharkiv, Kherson.

In the framework of cooperation, technical support is provided for the partners-cities, which includes:

  1. Strengthening of cooperation between duty bearers that implement measures in the area of GBV response and prevention;
  2. Establishment and ensuring the operation of specialised support services for survivors such as: daycare centres, crisis rooms, shelters, etc;
  3. Training of specialists and providers of specialised services;
  4. Organisation and conduction of the information campaigns.

A partner-city determines the scope of requested technical support, discusses the needs with UNFPA municipal consultants and agrees a respective project implementation plan with UNFPA.

During May-December 2020, UNFPA extended comprehensive support for development of municipal GBV response and prevention systems in 15 partner-cities: 

a. Conducted 49 training events, developed capacity of 750 duty bearers and service providers to build effective multisectoral response to GBV and ensure survivor-oriented assistance to all in need.

b. Trained a cohort of 45 municipal consultants (three representatives from each city); 

c. 38 creative initiatives, supported by UNFPA, mobilised over 583,000 people across Ukraine to stand up against violence as part of the global campaign “16 Days of Activism against GBV”;

d. Provided support for the development of a network of specialised services for survivors and more.


The project is supported by the UK and Canada Governments.

The contact person for cooperation with cities is Kostiantyn Boichuk, UNFPA Regional Coordinator (, +38 095 262 74 96).

Partner-cities in 2020-2021


  1. Vinnytsia
  2. Dnipro
  3. Kyiv
  4. Konstiantynivk  
  5. Kramatorsk
  6. Kremenchuk
  7. Lviv
  8. Melitopol
  9. Mykolaiv
  10. Odesa
  11. Pokrovsk
  12. Poltava
  13. Sievierodonetsk
  14. Kharkiv
  15. Kherson