400 police and public order and security representatives will be trained in the efficient response to cases of domestic violence

Police officers and other public order and security professionals from the Republic of Moldova will benefit from ongoing trainings, in line with the best training techniques and methods for adults, aimed to strengthen their capacity to respond efficiently to domestic violence, as well as to prevent and fight the phenomenon of violence.

Date: Monday, July 13, 2020

Signing the collaboration agreement between the Women's Law Centre and the Joint Law Enforcement Training Centre (JLETC) of the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

The ongoing training for police officers will take place during May 2020 – September 2021, under ‘Capacity building of the justice and law enforcement sector representatives in the efficient application of domestic violence legislation’ project implemented by the Women's Law Centre (WLC) and supported by UN Women Moldova and Sweden.

To institutionalise the results and ensure the continuity of project activities, the Women's Law Centre signed a collaboration agreement with the Joint Law Enforcement Training Centre (JLETC) of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. Thus, developing and institutionalising an ongoing training curriculum and training materials for the JLETC training sessions will result in strengthened capacities of the police and other law enforcement bodies in the long run.

During the Project implementation, a number of 400 representatives of law enforcement bodies will study the complex nature of the domestic violence phenomenon and will learn about gender-sensitive responses to such cases. At the same time, a group of JLETC trainers will be prepared in order to ensure the continuity of training activities on preventing and combating domestic violence after the Project ends.

Nighina Azizov, Program Coordinator within UN Women, mentioned: ‘It is important for our police officers to be able to respond efficiently to domestic violence. When we speak about efficiency, first of all we refer to understanding the needs of women and girls affected by violence. While being in difficulties and violence situations, women affected by violence need understanding, professional attitude and inclusive and quality services.’

In August 2018, UN Women Moldova and the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Moldova signed a Memorandum of Understanding aiming to achieve the objectives of the Strategy for ensuring equality between women and men in the Republic of Moldova, The National Strategy for Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence, and the National Program for the Implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security.

As a result of signing the memorandum, UN Women will provide support to strengthen national capacities in the field of gender equality, transpose international norms and standards into national policy frameworks, laws and programs, support efforts to mobilize public support to ensure gender equality, empower women in the internal affairs sector, and support effective donor coordination in the field of gender equality and women empowerment.