Improving the Institutional Response to Domestic Violence
The overall objective of this project jointly implemented by UNDP and UN Women is to increase the accountability and transparency of the three branches of government: the executive, the legislative and the judicial to improve the legal services for victims of domestic violence.
The UN agencies in the country have been working closely with national institutions and civil society organizations over recent years to help implement the National Strategy on Domestic Violence. The country has taken significant steps over the past decade to tackle the problem of domestic violence, demonstrating its commitment to building a society with zero-tolerance for such crime. It recently became one of the first countries to sign the Council of Europe’s Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women.
Despite this progress, domestic and gender-based violence remains a serious issue in the country. The first ever baseline survey carried out in 2012 by the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy and the UN, shows that almost 40% of women in the country have been subject to some form of domestic violence. Furthermore, research showed that the social stigma attached to domestic violence means that many victims remain silent and continue to live in fear, with over three quarters of incidents not reported to any of the publicly available services.
The national parliament will pursue a much more practice approach to domestic violence, initiating laws and measures to help prevent and reduce the scale of the problem and to support the victims of such violence.
The capacities of the National Coordination Body will be increased and it will be better integrated within the institutional framework to provide more eective monitoring and implementation of policies, laws and measures to tackle the problem of domestic violence. This will ensure greater synergy between the National Coordination Body and the other institutions and signicantly increase accountability and transparency in the judicial treatment of domestic violence.
The legal system, for processing cases of domestic violence will be improved by addressing weaknesses and bottlenecks identified in the existing system and strengthening the capacities of the judiciary to overcome these problems. This will ensure greater effciency in managing cases of domestic violence and other legal issues related to gender inequality.
Legal aid for victims of domestic violence will be delivered by CSOs more fairly and eectively. Mechanisms will be put in place to ensure that such legal aid services are comprehensive and meet established standards for CSO legal aid providers, in both quality and outreach.
|The Kingdom of the Netherlands||US$ 132,800
|UN Women||US$ 27,504|
- Ministry of Labour and Social Policy, Academy of Judges and Public Prosecutors, the Parliamentary Commission for Equal Opportunities, the Club of Women MPs, and civil society.