Women’s Support Center(WSC) started in 2010 as a program of the Tufenkian Foundation together with USAID and Armenian International Women’s Association. The program expanded and grew in reputation and demand. WSC was able to register as an independent NGO in Armenia in 2012 while continuing close collaboration with the Tufenkian Foundation.
Domestic violence and abusive relationships in Armenia was documented by Amnesty International to be at 69%. Our objective is to create a safe and confidential environment for healing and recovery — a place where they receive support, empathy, and the knowledge that they are not alone in their struggles. Women are provided with practical learning about domestic violence, as well as counseling that bolsters self-esteem and confidence. The Center offers a hotline, walk-in services, legal and psychological counseling, representation in court trials for criminal, divorce or child custody, training sessions, assistance in dealing with police and social services departments and also assisting with setting up a new life for the survivor and her children.
The Center also runs the only domestic violence specialized shelter in the country which is in an undisclosed location for safety reasons. We follow US administrative procedures and methodology in running and addressing cases of DV. On a yearly basis 140 survivors received socio- psychological and legal consultation at the WSC. 35 women and 42 children were given refuge in our confidential shelter. Majority of our beneficiaries become economically self –sufficient and currently work supporting their children free from abuse. 80% of beneficiaries do not return to their abusive partner. We’re happy to report that the Women’s Support Center (WSC) is opening a second emergency shelter for victims of domestic violence in 2016. The shelter will offer a welcoming and safe environment for women and children who escape harmful home environments.
To combat DV it is necessary to have a holistic approach and not only assist the victims. Therefore, the Center also strives to change myths and taboos regarding domestic violence and, more broadly, the role of women in society. We uphold progressive values that promote political, economic, and social rights for women. Thus, we are involved in not only social work per se, but also combating larger, thornier problems of gender inequality, stereotypes, patriarchal values, so that women can live in safety, in peace, and as equals.
The Center takes special interest in advocacy efforts. We understand that simply by assisting women in need, we will not manage to change perceptions on women’s rights; emancipation of both men and women requires much more. We also work together with various government agencies for systemic change to protect victims and advance women’s rights in Armenia.
Together with other accomplished NGOs in Armenia, we try to raise awareness among young women about positive values and healthy families based on relationships of partnership, not control. In this, we strive to help women achieve their potential as valuable members of and contributors to Armenian society. As such, we are a proud member of the Coalition to Stop Violence Against Women, an ad hoc alliance of feminist, social work, and advocacy groups. The Women’s Support Center also work together with various government agencies for systemic change to protect and advance women’s rights in Armenia.
Our hot line number in Armenia is 099-88-78-08
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/WomensSupportCenter
Silence Interrupted: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KkL9OleXh84
Domestic Violence: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lDKkrAMBjQA
For tax deductible donations for WSC make your checks to Tufenkian Foundation and write in the Memo section WSC. Please mail your check to 20 Capitol Drive, Moonachie 07074