Since April 2020, when the new center was established, the number of reports of violence against women has reached 13,000. In addition, more than 1,000 cases of victim assistance and 340 cases of victim relief were conducted. In April 2021, the project was selected as an 'Excellent Performance Project' by the OECD, which discusses the achievements of development cooperation around the world
This project aims to establish a support system for victims of violence against women modeled on the comprehensive response center for sexual violence victims in Korea. This project consists of five parts: first, setting up a comprehensive support center to support victims of violence against women, including building spaces for the center and supporting various equipment; second, strengthening the competence of the professionals and administrators who operate the center by providing training courses in administration in accordance with the characteristics of the center as well as training courses on violence against women to experts in medicine, psychological counseling, investigation, and legal support; third, supporting the operation of the 24/7 call centers, which is crucial due to the characteristics of violence against women; fourth, supporting the establishment of the master plan for victims of violence against women to make this issue a policy task of the Vietnamese government from a mid-to-long-term perspective; and fifth, sponsoring public awareness campaigns to prevent violence against women.
One in three Vietnamese women experiences some type of violence at least once in her lifetime, including domestic and sexual abuse. However, in Vietnam, one of the major countries in Southeast Asia, the capacity for aiding victims is inadequate in terms of systems, policies, and social services. With this in mind, KOICA and the Vietnamese government began discussing support measures in 2014, and in 2018, as a result of these efforts, the first comprehensive support center was established in Quang Ninh, Vietnam to respond to violence against women. The center is modeled on South Korea's comprehensive response center called "Sunflower Center," which provides medical assistance, counseling, investigation services, and legal support in an integrated fashion.
Notably, this project is the first of its kind in which South Korea, as well as KOICA, supported the establishment of the comprehensive support center for victims of violence against women in a foreign country. In addition, training courses for 90 operating personnel of the center as well as 2,100 public awareness campaigns to improve awareness on violence against women in Vietnam were conducted.
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