Fight Domestic Violence in Armenia

Target: Prime Minister Mr. Tigran Sargsyan

Goal: Create laws to  combat domestic violence in Armenia.

In 2008, Amnesty International reported that a quarter of women in Armenia were victims of domestic violence. It is seen as a “family matter” and women are pressured not to report violence from their husbands or family members. Today, there are still no laws to prevent or punish domestic violence. Sign this petition asking the Prime Minister of Armenia to step in and take action.

A state committee was created to fight gender-based violence, which was a great step in Armenia, but it is necessary to direct laws at domestic violence. Women lack the necessary resources to handle violence from family members and police even sometimes view it as a “family matter.” This along with the social stigma of divorce pressures women not to report violence, especially rape. It is important for laws to define violence in the family from other violence involving strangers. With these laws, proper procedures can be taken to prosecute the assailant and protect the victim.

Mr. Tigran Sargsyan, the Prime Minister of Armenia, needs to train police officers to better handle domestic violence. There also needs to be better laws to encourage women to report acts of violence. Once women can report violence, there needs to be resources such as shelters to help them. Sign this petition asking Prime Minister Mr. Tigran Sargsyan to begin creating laws to combat domestic violence in Armenia.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Prime Minister Mr. Tigran Sargsyan,

According to research in 2008, a quarter of women in Armenia are victims of domestic violence. These women think they can’t report the violence or rape because of social stigmas and pressure from others. Although there are steps in your country to fight gender-based violence, there needs to be specific laws directed at domestic violence. Please take steps to create laws fighting domestic violence.

If laws don’t specify violence within a family from violence with strangers, the proper protocol can’t be taken. Police sometimes see domestic violence as a “family matter,” which makes women think it is acceptable. This leads to women not reporting violence and Armenia as a whole covering up a serious problem. The other problem is women do not have the resources, such as shelters, to get the necessary help when they are victims of violence. I am asking you to create laws that will prevent domestic violence and punish the assailants.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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