Program of combating gender-based violence

Program context and description

Program context and description

. The Integrated Approach to Solving the Problem of Violence against Women and Girls in Ukraine was launched by UNFPA in 2017 and contributes to the processes of strengthening national mechanisms for gender-based violence prevention and response, enhancing and improving the mechanisms established within UNFPA's activities to prevent and respond to violence during 2015-2017


  • Further development of a social and institutional environment that will promote zero tolerance and the elimination of violence against women in Ukraine;
  • Ensuring that most victims of violence receive treatment and have access to quality services that meet their needs;
  • Promoting the strengthening of national accountability (by the Government) on existing mechanisms and responses to gender-based violence to ensure their sustainability.

Geographic coverage

The program is being implemented in 11 oblasts of Ukraine: Donetsk, Luhansk, Kharkiv, Dnipropetrovsk, Zaporizhzhya, Lviv, Vinnytsya, Kherson, Odesa, Kyiv, Mykolayiv

Partners and funding

Key Partner: Ministry of Social Policy

Other partners: Ministry of Internal Affairs, Ministry of Health, local authorities at oblast and local level, NGOs, scientific institutes.

Executive partners:

  • ICF «Ukrainian Foundation of Public Health»
  • La Strada civil society organization
  • Charitable foundation "Female Health and Family Planning"

Program funding*

  • Government of the Great Britain;
  • Government of Canada;
  • Government of Estonia.

Accessible help to the survivors

Mobile social and psychologic assistance teams

Mobile social and psychological assistance teams is a specially formed taskforce of specialists (practical psychologist, social worker) providing both emergency and scheduled social and psychological gender-based assistance to the victims, including persons under 18, through response and referral, as well as field trips to address such incidents in a specially organized vehicle, or providing assistance in a specially designated/adapted facility based on social services for families, children and youth or other social services providers in the settlements of regions covered with the project.

The activities of mobile social and psychological assistance teams are being developed in 12 regions of Ukraine*. Statistics show that more than 60% of victims first sought help specifically from the specialists of such mobile teams. Contact details of mobile teams area available here:

Centers of assistance to victims of violence

7 shelters for women* affected by violence are opened in these Ukrainian cities:

  • Municipally-owned facility of the Kharkiv City Council "Center for assistance to victims of domestic violence", Kharkiv;
  • Municipally-owned facility of the Kharkiv Oblast Council "Crisis Social Center for Women", Krasnopavlivka village, Kharkiv oblast;
  • Center for social and psychological assistance to persons affected by violence or abuse, Mariupol, Donetsk oblast;
  • Center for social and psychological assistance to persons affected by violence or abuse, Slovyansk, Donetsk oblast;
  • Shelter for women victims of violence, Berdyansk, Zaporizhzhya oblast;
  • Municipally-owned facility "Crisis Center for Women Affected by Domestic Violence "With Hopes to the Future" of Kryvyi Rih City Council, Kryvyi Rih, Dnipropetrovsk oblast;
  • Shelter for the temporary stay of women affected by domestic violence, Vinnytsya.


24/7 National Hotline on Domestic Violence, Human Trafficking and Gender Discrimination - 116 123 or 0 500 800 335

Information, psychologist's and legal consultations

Emergency aid points along the contact line

10 pouts provide:

  • emergency care for victims of rape;
  • family planning services;
  • STI prevention and treatment;
  • basic medicines.


Specialist training:

  • POLINA mobile teams in Dnipro, Odesa, Mariupol
  • 102 line operators and dispatchers
  • Medical staff
  • Providers of social and psychological services

Expert support

  • A National Coordinating Council on the Prevention of Domestic Violence, Gender Equity and Human Trafficking.
  • Adoption of draft laws by the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine: "On Preventing and Combating Domestic Violence", "On Amendments to Certain Laws of Ukraine Concerning the Ratification of the Council of Europe Convention on the Prevention of Violence against Women and Domestic Violence and the Fight Against these Phenomena."
  • Development of a number of bylaws (CMU Decrees, orders of central executive bodies, etc.) necessary for the implementation of the Law "On Prevention and Combating Domestic Violence", in particular regarding interagency cooperation of the relevant actors, providing specialized support services for victims and police response.


Break the Circle information campaign

The campaign is aimed at fostering zero tolerance towards gender-based violence in the society.


2017 -  Economic costs of violence against women in Ukraine. Available here.

2018 -  All-Ukrainian research «Masculinity Today: Men's Attitudes to Gender Stereotypes And Violence Against Women». Available here.

*data as of October 2018