During the period 2017 to 2018, the Ministry of Welfare [Labklājības ministrija] implemented two projects: (1)"One Step closer: Unified Community Response to Cases of Violence Against Women" ["Soli tuvāk: Kopienas vienotā atbilde uz vardarbības pret sievietēm gadījumiem"] and (2) "Awareness Campaign on Zero Tolerance for Violence Against Women, Violence Thrives in Silence" ["Izpratnes veidošanas kampaņa par nulles toleranci attiecībā uz vardarbību pret sievieti, Vardarbībai patīk klusums"]. The first project's implementation ensured development of professional competencies of specialists (officers of the State police [Valsts policija] and local government employees, social workers, children's rights protection specialists, health care and NGO experts) who face daily, or might face persons, who have suffered from domestic violence or other persons in close relationships with them. The second project contained activities aimed at raising public awareness and understanding of violence against women, as well as was aimed to prevent or avert violence in mutual relations between women and men. Special attention was therefore given to young people in the project to promote respectful and equal relationships between boys and girls.
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