Initial assessment of the system of preventing and combating domestic violence in Belarus

No. of pages: 54

Publication date: 2012

Author: Monika Kocaqi, Ma, United Nations Population Fund Belarus

The mission of conducting the initial assessment of the system of preventing and combating domestic violence in Belarus was set forth by UNFPA in the framework of the joint UNFPA/UNICEF/IOM project “Developing national capacity to counteract domestic violence in Belarus”. Another aim of this mission was to provide assistance on drafting the preliminary guidelines for setting up the multidisciplinary task force, in the frame of the project implementation. The idea of multidisciplinary task force shared by UNFPA is that every actor has particular, separate responsibilities in responding to and preventing domestic violence. However these actors often have duties that are interconnected with those of other agencies and therefore the final outcome of their work will very much be interdependent on the action/inaction of other structures. Therefore UNPFA and other partners in this project (UNICEF and IOM) will support creating of these referral and coordination mechanisms1 by explaining that this is not an added duty for these actors, but rather a method of carrying out successfully their existing legal duties and ultimately reducing domestic violence cases.