One-stop service center for survivors of violence opens in Uvurkhangai aimagSociety
Uvurkhangai /MONTSAME/. The one-stop service center (OSSC) was opened for survivors of violence with funding of MNT 80 million from the provincial budget. With the support of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, furniture and equipment worth over MNT 100 million have been installed at the center within the framework of the project, 'Combating gender-based violence in Mongolia' (CGBV) jointly implemented by the Government of Mongolia and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).
Previously, a temporary shelter for women and children was established in the aimag with an investment of MNT 55 million from the local budget, and MNT 60 million from the Direct Aid Program managed by the Australian Embassy in 2015, of which services have been given to 133 citizens so far. The expansion of the building has thus completed after the discussion of OSSC establishment since 2018.
Deputy Governor of Uvurkhangai aimag O.Batjargal said, “Although a comfortable shelter that meets standards and requirements is being put into operation, our goal is to reduce the number of citizens receiving its services. To do this, we must promote the negative impact of domestic violence, conduct a study on regular victims of abuse, and find the reasons that are causing it.”
At the opening ceremony, Head of UNFPA Office in Mongolia Kaori Ishikawa said, “A system that solves the issues of domestic survivors of violence step-by-step is crucial. Despite being caused by various factors, gender inequality has been found to be the main factor that causes domestic violence. Although it takes a long period of time to solve this issue, we have successfully created a mechanism that reaches out to survivors of violence in the past 4 years.”
OSSCs provide survivors of gender-based violence (GBV), especially domestic violence, with services to help them escape and heal from violent situations. Aside from accommodations, OSSC also provides health, psychological, and legal counseling and protection services.
Of the 33 regulations being followed in correlation with the implementation of the Law against Domestic Violence, 27 regulations are being implemented in Uvurkhangai aimag.
It is the 9th OSSC for survivors of violence established in Mongolia in the framework of the CGBV project.