Georgia: Combating Domestic Violence


September 17 - 22, 2013

About Georgia

According to research, one in every 11 women in Georgia suffers from some form of domestic violence, and only 2% seek out help. Culturally, domestic violence is viewed as a private matter, many believe that it blinds people to women's problems. A series of deadly domestic violence cases finally brought well deserved public recognition to the issue. The law on domestic violence in Georgia is usually overshadowed by deeply rooted beliefs and culture about gender roles and family mattes. NGOs and other organizations are working towards strengthening the law, making the police force sensitized to the matter and opening shelters and other safety measures for women and children who suffer from domestic violence.

About the Program

The IVLP is a professional exchange program that seeks to build mutual understanding between the U.S. and other nations through carefully designed short-term visits to the U.S. for current and emerging foreign leaders. Over the last 70 years, the IVLP has developed into the premier professional exchange program in the U.S. and brings over 200 emerging leaders to Jacksonville every year.

[1] http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-30215360

[2] http://www.unfpa.org/news/domestic-violence-georgia-breaking-silence


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