U.S. Embassy Facilitates Discussions to Combat Domestic and Gender-Based Violence

Embassy facilitated discussions to combat domestic and gender-based violence

Last week International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Section (INL) of the U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi hosted the first multi-disciplinary group roundtable meeting to discuss how to improve Georgia’s efforts in combating domestic and gender-based violence.

Domestic violence/gender-based violence requires a comprehensive approach. Consequently, the multidisciplinary group was composed of various sections of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, a prosecutor, a judge, National Forensics Bureau, DV Crisis Shelter, social service agency and non-governmental organization.  The group discussed existing responses to domestic violence and gender-based violence and identified challenges that need to be addressed through a multi-disciplinary approach.  The goal of the meeting was to brainstorm on creating a more victim-centric and trauma informed environment to effectively fight gender-based violence in Georgia.

Fight against women violence is one of the recommendations of the European Council to Georgia to be granted candidate status.  U.S. Government continues to work with Georgia to addressing violence against women and thus assist it to move forward to become part of EU.