First point of call for domestic violence victims:
New crisis centre opens in Tbilisi

The new crisis centre was officially opened today by Health Minister David Sergeenko, representatives from UN Women and Sweden’s Development Agency. Photo by Georgia’s Ministry of Health., 06 Sep 2016 - 18:27, Tbilisi,Georgia

The country’s first crisis centre for victims of domestic violence has opened in Georgia’s capital Tbilisi.

The new support centre will provide a range of services to people in need of immediate help, including shelter and medical support.

The crisis centre was officially opened today by Georgia’s Minister of Labour, Health and Social Affairs David Sergeenko together with representatives from United Nations (UN) Women and the Swedish Development Agency. 

The crisis centre is located on Budapest St 28,Vake-Saburtalo district, hot-line 116. Photo by the Ministry of Health. 

Sergeenko praised the opening of the new centre and said it was extremely important victims of family violence had a place to go where they could get immediate help. 

"Before victims [lodge a complaint] and gain official status as a victim and receive state support, they can come here and access a range of services, which includes psychological and medical support, as well as shelter,” said the Georgian official.

A room for a victim of  family violence in the crisis centre. Photo by the Ministry of Health. 

The new centre can house up to 14 people and can cater for people with disabilities.

The centre was renovated into an appropriate space using finances from the State Fund for the Protection and Assistance of (Statutory) Victims of Human Trafficking, and was fitted out with furniture and other equipment by UN Women.