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UNFPA mobile teams start to help violence survivors in Lviv Oblast

The training for mobile teams of psychosocial support  will take place in Lviv Oblast. During three days, specialists will take a closer look on social and psychological features of violence survivors’ needs, international principles and national legislative provision in the field of domestic violence prevention.

The event will be opened with welcome speech by Ms Nataliya Fedorovych, Deputy of the Minister of Social Policy.

In total, there will be five mobile teams in Lviv Oblast, each of which will consist of psychologists and social workers. Every mobile team will provide psychological consultations, will create "safety plans" with contacts of the respective service centers, and individually will provide the necessary support to violence survivors.

In December 2017, Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted the Law "On Prevention and Combating of Domestic Violence" that focuses on the creation of special support services for survivors. UNFPA together with the Ministry of Social Policy, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and other partners, already has developed models for providing such assistance by creating and supporting the work of mobile teams of psychosocial support to survivors, by establishing shelters for survivors, and by supporting the 27/4 toll-free National hotline.

In 2015, UNFPA in partnership with the Ukrainian Foundation for Public Health started established the work of 26 mobile teams in five eastern oblasts of Ukraine. Since 2018, the activity has expanded to 10 oblasts, in particular: Kyiv, Lviv, Vinnytsia, Donetsk, Zaporizhzhia, Dnipropetrovsk, Kherson, Lugansk, Kharkiv and Odessa.