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U.S. Government Exchange Participants Return To Tajikisitan To Fight Domestic Violence

June 3, 2010
American people, through the U.S. Embassy in Dushanbe, have provided approximately $900 million in assistance (U.S. Embassy Dushanbe)

Participants of exchange program called “Women’s Crisis Centers and Shelters” during the press-conference, Dushanbe, Tajikistan, June 3, 2010.

Dushanbe, Tajikistan:Crisis center staff and local government gender specialists from around Tajikistan reunited in Dushanbe today after returning from a U.S. Embassy sponsored exchange program called "Women's Crisis Centers and Shelters", focusing on teaching new techniques for the prevention of domestic violence against women. The participants discussed how the knowledge gained in the United States will impact their work in Tajikistan, and exchanged strategies for improving the performance of abuse prevention mechanisms. The participants returned from the program on May 27, 2010.

The United States Agency for International Development's (USAID's) Community Connections program sent ten people from Tajikistan to Sacramento, California on the three-week professional program. They lived with American families, met with their U.S. counterparts, and exchanged ideas on a wide range of issues of prevention and combating domestic violence against women and children.

In Sacramento, the group met with American colleagues and examined the social, economic and cultural conditions surrounding domestic violence. During the program they received a comprehensive overview of elements such as; different types of abuse, the cycle of violence, and the effects of abuse on women and children. They also learned to implement a screening system and use advanced interview techniques that enable providers to more easily identify abuser profiles and spot "red flags". They also comprehensively covered strategies to best help victims and their children. "In the US I recognized that we also need to provide services in crisis centers and shelters to children of victims of domestic violence. Before this, we were not thinking of children in the context of domestic violence" said Kurbongul Kasimova, director of the Najoti Judakon organization.

In addition, participants learned about advanced crisis center operations, how to establish quality standards and effective methods of providing services. A major focus was on the coordination at various agencies to maximize preventative measures against domestic violence. "The chain of support to victims of domestic violence and punishment of perpetrators works quite well in the US, and we need to think about closer cooperation with each other, police, medical service and the government here in Tajikistan" Orzu Ganieva, director of the NGO Nasl.

The professional component of the program was enhanced by a rich cultural experience. Participants lived with American families and enjoyed visits to San Francisco, basketball games, viewing the beautiful wine country of Sonoma County and many other events.

The USAID Community Connections Program offers community-based, three-to five-week practical training in the United States for business and professional organization leaders from Tajikistan. Community Connections is one of the many assistance projects implemented in Tajikistan by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) on behalf of the American people. Since 1992, the American people, through the U.S. Embassy in Dushanbe, have provided approximately $900 million in assistance programs that support Tajikistan's democratic institutions, health care, education, and economic growth.

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