Ukraine does not have enough centers to assist women, who suffer from domestic violence, director of the legal department of the International Women's Human Rights Center "La Strada-Ukraine" Marianna Yevsiukova told a press conference, ForUm correspondent reports.

"In Ukraine, there are only 33 institutions, in which women, affected by domestic violence, can receive comprehensive help. It is a very insignificant number. According to the standards of the Council of Europe, at least one center should work per 10 thousand people," she stated.

Yevsiukova noted that there are three such institutions in Kyiv, but some regions lack this type of institution, in particular, Kharkiv, Vinnitsa, Poltava and others.

She informed that according to statistics, domestic violence remains one of the most serious gender-related issues. "In the six months of 2012, 111 thousand people stayed under preventive supervision in the police for committing domestic violence. Of that number, 102 thousand were men. According to the Social Policy Ministry, for 9 months of the last year, more than 110 thousand people addressed with complaints about domestic violence. Over 70 thousand of them were women," the human rights activist said.

Marianna Yevsiukova also noted that the second most important problem is sexual violence outside the family. "According to the law enforcement bodies, for 2009 - 2011 there were more than seven thousand complaints and reports on sexual violence," she said.


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