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National Study on Domestic and Gender-Based Violence (DGBV) and Development of Victim Support Model (VSM)
 
The Center for the Study of Democracy, Partners-Bulgaria Foundation and Human Rights Academy, Norway launched a National Study on Domestic and Gender-Based Violence (DGBV) and Development of Victim Support Model (VSM) funded under Program BG 12 “Domestic and Gender-Based Violence” in accordance with the Norwegian Financial Mechanism 2009-2014.

Initiator of the study is the Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Bulgaria and it is set to conclude in April 2016. The main aims are to contribute to the prevention of domestic and gender-based violence and to improve the situation of the victims in Bulgaria, with a specific focus on Roma women and girls. The activities, that will be implemented to achieve these objectives include:
• Legal, institutional and policy analyses
• Quantitative and Qualitative Research
• Development and piloting of a Victim Support Model
• Generating specific recommendations
• Advocacy and dissemination activities

The main target groups of the study are victims of domestic and gender-based violence in the country in general, among Roma communities and those placed in crisis centers. The results of the research will be disseminated among a wide range of experts and stakeholders - police officers, social workers, child protection specialists, specialists in crisis centers, local communities and other organizations working in the field.

The study partners will strive to contribute to the development of knowledge and experience regarding the prevention and response to domestic violence and gender-based violence in the country. As a result of the research, a comprehensive and independent analysis will be compiled and made available to all interested parties in order to facilitate making more informed and evidence-based policy decisions. Additionally, the acquired data and experience will serve to develop and test a Victim Support Model, whose purpose will be to engage both local communities and key stakeholders in the country with the issue at hand, especially the need for protection of victims of domestic and gender-based violence.
 
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