Global Rights for Women Awarded Grant to Develop Risk Assessment Tool to Address Domestic Violence



Contact: Kevin Vollmers

Global Rights for Women (GRW) has been selected to partner with UN Women and the Ministry of Internal Affairs in the country of Georgia to develop a risk assessment tool be used by law enforcement agencies in Georgia. This tool will be used by law enforcement agencies in Georgia to gauge the danger that perpetrators of domestic violence pose for on-going abuse against the women and children in their lives. This collaboration is an initiative under the “United to Fight Violence Against Women” project funded by the European Union.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with UN Women and our colleagues who work as leaders in the forefront to end violence against women in Georgia. It is an exciting opportunity to assist in implementing a domestic violence law that Global Rights for Women staff helped draft over 10 years ago,” said Cheryl Thomas, Executive Director of GRW.

The primary goal of this project is to create a standardized practice among police throughout the country that makes the severity and frequency of the domestic violence visible to all criminal justice practitioners. GRW staff, along with a consulting police officer, probation officer, and judge who have years of practical experience working with risk assessment tools in Minnesota, will travel to Georgia twice in the next three months to develop a tool that addresses the specific needs of that country, and train local practitioners to use and train others to use the tool.

Whenever an abuser commits domestic violence it is critical for responders to accurately anticipate the likelihood of repeat violence to be able to effectively protect the victim from future harm and possible death at the hands of the perpetrator. A relevant and valid domestic violence risk assessment tool will make the violence visible to all practitioners who work to intervene in cases of domestic violence. An effective response and risk assessment leads to an end to the violence.

About Global Rights for Women

GRW collaborates with partners around the world to promote women’s human rights to equality and freedom from violence through legal reform and systems change. GRW assists in creating new laws and improving legal systems primarily in response to requests from dedicated nonprofit groups eager to deepen their expertise in ending violence against women and girls (VAWG). GRW recognizes that, due to the diverse array of communities around the world dealing with VAWG, each face different and unique challenges. By collaborating with groups, including grassroots organizations, that are intimately familiar with what is needed to improve the lives of women and children in their communities, GRW can be confident that it is responding to real needs and establishing ongoing relationships that allow the organization to adaptively respond as those needs evolve.

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