Since 2014, the Ministry of Social Affairs has worked in partnership with UNICEF and a number of local and international associations (KAFA Enough Violence and Exploitation Organization, ABAAD, Akkar Network for Development, The Association for combatting violence Against Women, Terre des Hommes Association) to establish 12 safe spaces for women and girls in a number of development services centers. Safe zones in development service centers provide a basket of psycho-social support services that include:
1) Prevention: Services to access and mitigate the risks of gender-based violence, including information-giving sessions and psychosocial support.
2) Response: Especially the case management and referral of survivors to specialized services such as psychiatric services - clinical care services for women survivors of sexual violence and legal services; in addition to psychosocial support programs.
Safe zones also include nurseries for children, making it easier for mothers to participate in protection programs.
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