DUSHANBE -- A European Union (EU)-funded project in Tajikistan has established a hotline and a new centre to help victims of domestic abuse, the EU Delegation to Tajikistan said in a statement Thursday (November 15).
The project, first launched in May 2017, seeks to address gender-based violence and improve reporting in order to strengthen human rights and gender equality throughout Tajikistan, according to the statement.
The effort includes a hotline to provide free legal assistance and psychological support to victims of domestic violence and the new Gender Resource Centre under Tajikistan's Committee on Women and Family Affairs.
Female victims of domestic violence or their family members can dial 1313 for consultations. The number is toll-free on all Tajik mobile operators.
The hotline will connect callers "to expert on legal and gender issues, the psychologist on prevention of domestic violence and gender equality or even the lawyer, depending on the situation", said the statement.