Technical Assistance for Prevention of Domestic Violence Against Women (July 2013-July 2015)

Technical Assistance for Prevention of Domestic Violence Against Women (July 2013-July 2015)

The project is a European Union Technical Assistance Project that aims at strengthening the capacity of the General Command of Gendarmerie for the prevention of domestic violence against women in Turkey. The project is implemented by the consortium led by Ecorys Research and Consulting (Turkey) and composed of Istanbul Bilgi University Human Rights Law Research Center, Ecorys Research and Consulting (United Kingdom) and BOLT International Consulting (Greece).

The overall objective of the project is ensuring the respect of human rights among citizens based on gender equality and minimizing domestic violence incidents particularly against women. The purpose of the project is strengthening the capacity of the Gendarmerie in protection of human rights based on gender equality, particularly in the prevention of violence against women, and promoting reciprocal collaboration between the Gendarmerie and other national institutions for effective implementation of the law on violence against women. The project aimed to achieve the following results:

  • Increased administrative capacity of Gendarmerie General Command in dealing with domestic violence incidents against women;
  • Improved knowledge of the Gendarmerie personnel at all levels on the prevention of domestic violence;
  • Enhanced cooperation between the Gendarmerie General Command and relevant institutions on domestic violence prevention, and increased awareness among Gendarmerie personnel as well as public at large on violence against women issues. 

The primary target group of the project is the personnel of the Gendarmerie at all levels. In selected activities the staff of various institutions also participated: the Ministry of Family and Social Policies, Ministry of Justice, Turkish Statistical Institution, and civil society organizations, particularly women’s non-governmental organizations. Women and men residing in the area of responsibility of the Gendarmerie are the ultimate beneficiaries of the project.

The project has three components:

  • Capacity building;
  • Training;
  • Coordination/awareness raising.

The Center took part in activities in all the components but focused mainly in the training and coordination/awareness raising components. Experts from the Center were involved in the following activities:

  • Production of a report based on reported domestic violence incidents,
  • Design and delivery of the modul on the national and international legislation on violence against women for the trainings of trainers,
  • Research on local coordination mechanisms of handling violence against women cases in two selected cities (Adana and Zonguldak) and sharing of results at the quarterly coordination meeting in Ankara.

The geographical area covered by the project is Turkey. However, the majority of activities were carried out in Ankara and 30 selected pilot cities. These cities are Adana, Ankara, Antalya, Aydın, Balıkesir, Batman, Bursa, Çanakkale, Diyarbakır, Edirne, Elazığ, Erzurum, Isparta, İstanbul, İzmir, Kayseri, Konya, Malatya, Manisa, Mersin, Muğla, Ordu, Rize, Samsun, Sakarya, Şanlıurfa, Tekirdağ, Tokat, Yozgat and Zonguldak.

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