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Home for abused women to be created, cabinet gives go-ahead

Labour Minister Zeta Emilianidou

 

The creation of a Home for Women, a centre that will host a variety of professionals for the medical, legal, and psychological support of female victims of violence has been approved by the council of ministers.

The approved proposal, tabled by the labour minister, Zeta Emilianidou, foresees a centre where victims of violence and abuse, as well as their families, will have access to help from medical staff of various specialties, as well as from government officials such as clinical psychologists, social workers, and specially-trained police officers, among others.

The Home will seek to place under one roof all the relevant services in order to provide a coordinated and effective response to cases where women are victims of violence.

According to an announcement by the labour ministry, the Home for Women will provide counselling support in view of informing and empowering victims, so that they may reclaim control of their professional, personal and family lives.

Women will also be encouraged to break out of isolation through the realisation that they are not alone, nor are they responsible for the violence suffered, the announcement adds.

In addition to individual psychosocial counselling, women will have access to legal counsel and awareness with regards to their rights, complaint and suing procedures, custody claiming, among other things.

The centre will also host services that will be able to refer or escort women to shelters, the police, the court, or to wherever is necessary for each case.

The council of ministers also approved the establishment of an ad-hoc committee composed of the labour, justice, and health ministers, who will be tasked with supervising the actions required for the operation of the Home for Women.

The president of the advisory committee for the prevention and combating of violence in the family, Susana Pavlou, as well as the members of the committee, were also approved as coordinators for the operation of the Home for Women.

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