One Woman At A Time Cyprus (OWAAT-CY) has announced the launch of the world’s first self-help Russian website that provides information and a toolbox for abused women to file for no-contact protection orders and divorce on their own.
The organisation has already launched its website in English and Greek and plans to launch one in Arabic within the year. Ukrainian and German versions are to be launched in 2017.
The Russian version, the world’s first the group said, was launched by OWAAT volunteers from Cyprus, Germany, Ukraine, Greece and the US., and aims to “help an estimated over 40,000 Russian-speaking persons in Cyprus know their human rights and get emergency protections without a police report”.
This initiative was launched in 2014 by Patricia Martin, a US constitutional law civil rights litigator, and international human rights advocate, who received a Fulbright research scholarship to facilitate the work of the project, implemented in cooperation with the University of Nicosia Law Clinic programme.
OWAAT aims to teach women how to take a grasp of the law, become self-represented litigants, and get access to court for no-contact orders against their abusers, without the help of a lawyer.
“Now, OWAAT will reach over 40,000 Russian-speaking persons in Cyprus and millions more abused women, many who fled oppression in Russian-speaking homelands seeking safety in foreign nations throughout the world,” Martin said.
On the websites, abused persons may find human rights information, simple instructions and fill-in-the blanks application forms for divorce and emergency no-contact orders.
“OWAAT aims at empowering millions more abused women to prevent violence by filing in court as self-represented litigants,” the group said.
For more information: www.owaat-cy.com.