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Some 28 new shelters for victims of domestic violence to appear in Ukraine by end of 2021 – Zelenska

KYIV. Sept 14 (Interfax-Ukraine) – By December 2021, some 28 new shelters will appear in Ukraine to protect victims of domestic violence, First Lady Olena Zelenska has said.

According to Zelenska, Ukraine is no exception in the list of countries in which "cases of gender-based domestic violence have sharply increased during the lockdown, in most cases such victims are women."

"According to the action plan approved by the Cabinet of Ministers, 28 new shelters are to be set up by December. In addition, day care centers will be set up: so that if you are not ready to leave home, you can come and consult so that neighbors and relatives do not know about it," Zelenska said in an interview with Korrespondent, published on September 13.

In shelters, according to Zelenska, it will be possible to accommodate victims of domestic violence for a period of three to six months, including with children, as well as the provision of primary legal aid even in cases of lack of documents.

To finance the launch of such shelters, as well as day care centers and special services in the police, the Cabinet of Ministers allocated a subvention of about UAH 275 million.

The First Lady also announced the creation of 40 mobile teams (rapid response services) for domestic violence.