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The room is designed for 7 people and is equipped with everything necessary for a safe stay of 10 to 20 days for women with children who have suffered from violence. Here women will also receive psychological and legal assistance here. The address of the room is not disclosed for security reasons.

The "Crisis Room" was opened by representatives of local government with the support of the United Nations Population Fund in Ukraine (UNFPA), NGO "Initiative", NGO "Warmth of Native Hearts" with the financial support of Sweden and with the assistance of the Office of the Vice Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration.

"Gender-based violence, including domestic violence, is one of the most serious human rights violations in the world. In Ukraine, this problem is exacerbated by a certain culture of silence, caused in particular by the prejudice that the survivors themselves are guilty. Since 2015, UNFPA has been working on the development of a comprehensive national response and prevention system to domestic and gender-based violence in Ukraine. In addition, we strive to provide emotional, physical, legal protection and comfort for each survivor. Our success is premised on local governments' collaboration and support. I'm thankful to the community and leadership of the city of Khmelnytskyi, for not their forthcoming and not keeping silent on this painful issue", - said Senior Emergency Coordinator/Deputy Representative United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Ukraine, Mustafa Elkanzi.

Khmelnytskyi Mayor Oleksandr Simchyshyn thanked the partners for fruitful cooperation: "Thanks to cooperation within the project, we created one more much-needed specialized service for survivors of domestic violence and gender-based violence in our community and increased women's and children's access to a safe place of stay, helping them start a new life. We continue to work."

The "Springboard to Equality" project, financed by Sweden, is aimed at changing social norms and rejecting gender stereotypes in education, at work, at home, in community life and creating a favorable environment, as well as increasing public demand for the promotion of equal rights and opportunities for women and men in Ukraine. Learn more about the project here