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PHR Organizes Meeting on Doctors’ Role in Supporting Abused Women

16 May 2017 PHR representatives talk about the necessity of an efficient response from doctors to support abused women

On May 5, under the EWMI-PROLoG funded project “Unlock Untapped Potential of Georgian Law to Respond to Gender-based Discrimination and Violence,” the NGO “Partnership for Human Rights” (PHR) organized a meeting in Baghdati Municipality for medical field representatives who may have access to victims of violence. The eleven attendees (8 female, 3 male) included surgeons, therapists and family doctors.

The main goal of the meeting was to discuss the context of violence against women in the local community, appropriate approaches during medical personnel’s first meetings with victims, and how to identify victims of violence. Also discussed was the legal provisions that apply to medical personnel to improve victim safety and protect victims’ identity and dignity.

The characteristics of domestic violence and violence against women were discussed at the meeting. Participants were informed about the protection mechanisms and existing services for abused women. The role of doctors was discussed, including how to identify a woman who was abused, how to treat her, and how to collect evidence and provide information to law enforcement agencies.

The meeting was very interactive, with the transfer of victims of domestic violence to the special shelter of special interest. According to the participants, they did not have information about the existing services to support women who were abused. Especially interesting was information provided to PHR by the doctors with regard to violence against women in Baghdati, which will be useful for PHR’s lawyers in the future.

Participants of the meeting highlighted the importance to conduct similar meetings at schools for teachers and students, and expressed their readiness for future cooperation.

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