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Source: Amnesty International –

Survivors of domestic violence in eastern Ukraine are not able to seek protection against violence against them due to the government’s ineffective response, Amnesty International said today in a report on the hidden but escalating problem of domestic and sexual violence against women in the region.

Based on six field missions conducted by Amnesty International, Not a private matter highlights multiple flaws in a system aimed at protecting survivors, particularly women, of domestic and sexual violence. The situation is worsened by devastating social and economic crises, access to weaponry, and trauma created by the ongoing armed conflict between the government of Ukraine and Russia-backed separatists.

“It is desperate that women, whose lives are already severely affected by trauma and destruction caused by the conflict, find themselves without recourse to assistance and failed by the authorities who have a responsibility to protect them from domestic and sexual violence,” said Oksana Pokalchuk, Director of Amnesty International Ukraine.

“Women living in conflict-affected eastern Ukraine do not feel safe – neither in public nor at home.”

Women living in conflict-affected eastern Ukraine do not feel safe – neither in public nor at home

MIL OSI NGO