Combating Domestic Violence and Human Trafficking

The life-long global rate of domestic violence is significantly higher for women aged 25 to 35 years old. The rate of violence is also higher for those women with less education as well as women in the northern and southern regions of the country; in other words, rural areas. Women with children also suffer higher rates of domestic violence than women without children. Importantly, the most pervasive form of domestic violence in Moldova is the psychological violence that accompanied all other forms of reported violence. Also the report revealed the health impact that domestic violence has on women’s lives, in addition to the direct injures sustained by violent acts. Women reported increased headaches, stress, fatigues and back pains, higher rates of abortion and suicidal thoughts.

Police Training on Human TraffickingBecause violence affects society as a whole, it demands a change in attitude by men and women if it is to be effectively combated. We funded Moldova Anti-Trafficking Initiative that has focused on women, and provided them with trainings in gender equality, leadership, combating domestic violence, and the myths and realities of working abroad, as well as economic empowerment trainings. The trainings under the Combating Domestic Violence in Moldova project were aimed at raising public awareness among both women and men across Moldova.

The Combating Domestic Violence and Human Trafficking project was designed to train local law enforcement authorities to provide essential services to victims of trafficking, domestic violence and those at risk, while strengthening the capacity of the former to undertake local advocacy initiatives to improve government response.

Police Training on Human TraffickingThe mission of the project was to contribute to the training and awareness of police officers on how they could provide informational support on fighting human trafficking and domestic violence, on the current status of relevant legislation, especially the law on combating human trafficking, information about human trafficking prevention, victim identification and repatriation and ways to appropriately encourage and support victims who decide to cooperate with law enforcement bodies to incriminate the actions of traffickers. The trainings were especially tailored to assist police chiefs and those tasked with fighting human trafficking from police stations in Calaraşi, Anenii-Noi, Şoldăneşti, Floreşti, Nisporeni, Criuleni, Rezina, Rîşcani, Vulcanesti, Basarabeasca, Ciadîr-Lunga, and Străşeni raions. The total number of persons who benefited from the training was 291: 285 police officers, 3 social workers, 2 prosecutors, and one national security representative.