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

Brief Description

Women who have experienced violence can seek help in family crisis centers. 

Several non-governmental organizations (e.g., "Marta", "Skalbes") provide counseling and psychological care in crisis situations, including counseling to the victims of violence and legal support to the victims of domestic violence.  The sources of funding vary - in some municipalities the services are paid from municipality budget, while other services are provided within international projects.  In 2010, the state financed support groups for women victims of domestic violence; these groups are available in 11 cities and towns all over Latvia.  Social workers usually inform on the possibilities to receive municipality or state-financed services; the information is also available on the internet.

There are several Web sites that provide information and assistance for female victims of violence.  For instance: (translation in English - „against violence").

The Ministry of Interior created an internet portal that provides broad and regularly updated information in Latvian, English and Russian languages on human trafficking issues in Latvia and abroad (related to prevention and assistance):

Source of Information

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