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More than 3,500 projects implemented around the world

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Since its founding in 1965, GOPA has successfully implemented over 3,500 projects in more than 130 countries. At present, over 140 are being carried out. This database provides a selection of projects best illustrating GOPA’s fields of activity.

Prevention of Domestic Violence (II)

Governance and Economic Development
Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)
Donor Organisation: 
Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)
Associated Enterprises: 
EPOS Health Management
IB Internationaler Bund
Project Volume: 
Value of Services: 
Start of project: 
September, 2012
End of project: 
September, 2016



Due to the economic collapse in the wake of the breakdown of the Soviet Union, the civil war in the 1990s and the renaissance of traditional values, domestic violence (DV) has emerged as a widespread phenomenon in Tajikistan; figures indicated that the majority of Tajik women stated that they had ever experienced DV. DV is largely accepted by Tajik society, and there is an in-sufficient awareness among the population that DV constitutes a human rights violation. Hence, the fight against DV in Tajikistan is marked by an ineffective policy and institutional framework, insufficient service provision for victims of DV and a widespread acceptance of DV among policy makers, community leaders and the general population.

The project provided support to the development of the Law on Prevention of Domestic Violence (LPDV), which came into force in March 2013. The full implementation of the Law will take time and effort, e.g. by improving coordination among the prosecution, investigation and court systems. The current project phase supports the commentary on the law as well as its implementation.

Project details


Overall goal:

The overall goal of the PDV project is to reduce the level of domestic violence (DV) in Tajikistan and to increase the public awareness of DV as a violation of human rights and criminal offence.


  • Technical assistance to and policy dialogue with stakeholders at policy level, in particular the national Committee on Family and Women Affairs and the Ministry of Interior;
  • Review of the law , support to the development of action plans for the implementation of the State Programme on domestic violence,
  • Technical Assistance to stakeholders at the implementation level, including a shelter and women crisis centers and NGOs that provide community outreach and psychosocial, legal, medical services for victims of domestic violence;
  • Capacity building of various professions and institutions dealing with domestic violence, e.g. police officers, school teachers, health and social workers,
  • Raising awareness of domestic violence and the new law through media campaigns and community action;
  • Management and monitoring of a grant scheme for Tajik NGOs through call for proposals;
  • Donor coordination and harmonisation in areas related to gender and domestic violence; participation in inter-ministerial committees
  • Knowledge management and best practice documentation
  • Monitoring and evaluation; including baseline and endline surveys to measure project impact

Outcome C.1: The policy and institutional framework and environment for the fight against domestic violence at the national and local level in the project areas are improved.

Outcome C.2: The access to quality psychosocial and legal services for victims of domestic violence in the project areas is improved

Outcome C.3: People’s awareness on the negative effects of DV increased due to availability and broad diffusion of high-quality information and communication material


Modes of delivery: To attain this overall goal, the project applies a multidimensional approach. The urgent needs of victims of DV are addressed through improved psychosocial, medical and legal service provision at crisis centres. Awareness campaigns are designed to leverage increased awareness and behaviour change. The project operates at different levels of intervention (policy/macro level and implementation/micro level).

The project uses three modes of delivery, namely:

  1. TA to various governmental and non-governmental stakeholders (Committee on Family and Women Affairs, Ministry of Internal Affairs, Ministry of Health and social Protection of the Population, the Training Institute for social workers, Family Medicine Centre, police training academy, local public authorities, local NGOs and community groups and religious leaders);

  2. Financial Assistance through the disbursement of grants to local NGOs for service delivery to victims of DV and for outreach work;

  3. Awareness raising programmes (called behaviour change communication=BCC) through mass media campaigns (print media, radio, TV, billboards, posters, flyers) and community action (mobile theatre, religious leaders).

GOPA maintains a Project Management Unit (PMU) with offices in the capital city of Dushanbe and in the provincial town of Kurgan-Tyube in Tajikistan’s southern Khatlon region. The PMU staff act as technical advisors to the project partners, administered the disbursement of funds and monitored how they were put to use by the grantees and implemented awareness raising campaigns.