Country Latvia
Year 2011
Type of Measure Social services > Psycho-social counselling
Form of Violence Domestic violence/Intimate partner violence, Violence against women and girls

Brief Description

29 crisis centers provide a variety of services for minors and adults; besides there is a number of family support centers that provide counseling in crisis situations, including cases of violence.

According to existing legislation, the state is entitled through various means to provide services of social rehabilitation to child-victims of illegal acts - all forms of violence and exploitation.  Social rehabilitation of children who have suffered from violence (up to age 18) is legally established since 2000.  State-financed services to children victims of violence are provided at the place of residence (10 consultations by psychologist, psychotherapist or social worker) or at an institution (up to 60 days).  Services are equally guaranteed both for boys and girls. 

Importantly, while the legislation at this point does not establish an obligation to provide aid to adult-victims of violence, these persons also receive assistance to some degree.  Hence, there is a tendency to increasingly assist also adult-victims of violence.  While there are no data on the sex of these adult-victims, the most often encountered scenario is that women (mainly mothers) accompany their child (children) to the rehabilitation institution.

In the year 2009, the state provided funds for rehabilitation of 917 victims of violence, including 92 adults (total rehabilitation costs - approximately USD 940,000).  The allocated funds vary each year and have a tendency to increase. 

Source of Information

Response of the Government of Latvia to the questionnaire on violence against women 2011