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The Crisis Room can accommodate up to 6 people at a time. Here women and children are guaranteed security, round-the-clock professional support and assistance in finding alternative permanent housing. At the Crisis Room, they can get shelter for a period of 10 to 20 days. Then the staff of the room will redirect them to other providers of services in the field of domestic violence such as social services, healthcare and legal institutions. 

The Crisis Room opened in Ternopil will strengthen the system of counteracting and preventing gender-based and domestic violence, which the city is actively developing. We see how the city responds to violence cases, and we support the community’s efforts to combat gender-based violence,” said Jaime Nadal, Representative of the United Nations Population Fund in Ukraine.

The Crisis Rooms meet all health and safety standards, have a kitchen and everything necessary for a temporary stay, as well as adapted for people with disabilities. The location of the Crisis Rooms is not disclosed for security reasons. Violence survivors must contact the police or social services to reach them.

“It is extremely important for the city that the affected citizens receive appropriate psychological, medical and social assistance and, if necessary, have a reliable space for safe temporary shelter from abusers. I am grateful to our partners for their cooperation and support of the project as well as the successful joint opening of the Crisis Room,” said Serhii Nadal, Mayor of Ternopil.

The attendants of the opening ceremony took part in the discussion of the main directions of the newly created specialised service for survivors and ways to increase the effectiveness of cooperation of all actors at the local level to provide quality services in combating and preventing domestic and gender-based violence.

This crisis room was opened within the framework of the “Equality Springboard: Project on Social Norms Change and Gender Stereotypes Elimination for Better Resilience and Prosperity of Women and Men in Ukraine”, implemented by UNFPA Ukraine with the financial support from Sweden.