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Conducting Qualitative Research on Domestic Violence in Armenia (CQRDVA)


Violence against women is one of the worst forms of violation of human rights prevalent all over the world. Women face gender-based violence (GBV) in workplaces, educational institutions, rural and urban communities. They are exposed to GBV irrespective of their ethnic or religious background, social status, economic standing, age, or other condition. The violence is particularly rampant when it occurs at home, a place where women are supposed to be provided with safe family environment.

Armenian society has deeply rooted conservative traditions, which create strong discrimination against women as well as widespread and accepted gender based violence (GBV) in different forms. Since its independence, Armenia achieved progress towards enhancing women’s rights, gender equality and combating violence against women. Meanwhile, evidence indicates that vigorous actions should be taken to eradicate discrimination against women, inequalities of opportunities for women and to combat domestic/gender-based violence in Armenia.

In early 2017, the UNFPA/Armenia, supported by the European Union launched a new project aimed at strengthening the capacity of the national stakeholders for a comprehensive response to, and prevention of GBV. In the framework of the above-mentioned project International Center for Human Development (ICHD) proposed a project named “Conducting Qualitative Research on Domestic Violence in Armenia (CQRDVA)”, which is designed to conduct a qualitative survey in the form of a situation analysis. The project will be funded by the European Union and will be implemented by International Center for Human Development (ICHD) in close consultation with the government, regional administrations and local authorities engaged in policy-making and policy-implementation combating domestic violence in Armenia, key actors in civil society, service providers, law enforcement officers, judges, prosecutors, social workers and health professionals, as well as with UNFPA “Combating GBV in Armenia” project team and UNFPA/Armenia leadership.

The goal of the proposed CQRDVA project is to enhance the evidence-base for policies addressing domestic violence in Armenia through collection of information on attitudes, beliefs and practices regarding violence of key institutional actors and the community at large, collected by combination of focus groups, semi-structured key-informant interviews and observations.

The specific objectives of the CQRDVA project include conducting focus groups with key subgroups in the population; conducting in-depth interviews with key service/support providers; and facilitating a multi-stakeholder dialogue on effective and efficient policies and programmes promoting gender equality and combating gender based violence in Armenia.

The key outputs of the proposed project include: at least 12 focus group discussions (with 8-12 participants in each) with key target groups including: young/old urban/rural women and men, women who have been abused or have not experienced abuse organized; at least 30 key service/support providers such as police, judges, prosecutors, social workers, health professionals, NGOs interviewed; and, at least 3 facilitated multi-stakeholder discussions in 2 regions of Armenia and capital Yerevan held.

The project will be implemented from March 1, 2017 to October 31, 2017.



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