Shelter for women – victims of domestic violence and their children was established in frame of the project “Support for the system of domestic violence prevention and protection of victims of violence in Georgia” in March 2018. The project was co-financed by the Polish Development Cooperation Program of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland. The project has been realized in partnership with the HumanDoc Foundation from Poland.
“We create a cosy atmosphere to make them feel like at home. In the shelter, they are not victims anymore but they become friends […]. Even if it is mentally and psychologically difficult at the beginning to imagine a different life, we do our best to show them a different world where they will blossom.”
Irma Daraselia, shelter administrator.
In 2019 social services in shelter were provided with support of ASB Georgia in the framework of project “Partnership for Inclusive Policy Making” is funded by the European Union and is implemented by ASB Georgia together with partner organizations.
“When I decided to run away from my husband, I went back to my family but my father did not want me to come back home. When you are not accepted by your relatives, you think you will not be accepted by the whole society […] I encourage people to speak out, going to shelter is a first step to ruin the stigma.”
From 2020 main supporter of shelter is estonian organisation
In 2020 the Shelter for women – victims of domestic violence and their children at Association “Merkuri” supported by project “Mondo in Georgia: supporting victims of gender based violence in Samegrelo region “ financed by the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
“In 2008 when we moved from Abkhazia, the life was hard and society was really closed-minded. My husband was violent and against any kind of evolution. When it comes to you, you don’t know what to do, you feel confused. But one day I left, after 22 years of domestic violence. I was shy at the beginning but after spending weeks in the shelter and receiving psychological support, I started to blossom. Now I have a work and I am independant.”
From the foundation of the shelter until June 2020 we hosted more 100 beneficiaries.