Nodibinājums "Centrs Valdardze"
„Šī informācija sagatavota ar 80.00% Eiropas Savienības finansiālu atbalstu no Eiropas Sociālā fonda un 20.00% Latvijas valsts budžeta finansiālu atbalstu. Par šīs informācijas saturu pilnībā atbild nodibinājums "Vidzemes reģionālais atbalsta centrs Valdardze" un tas nevar tikt uzskatīts par Eiropas Kopienas vai Latvijas valsts viedokli.”

Foundation „Centre Valdardze” on October 1, 2010 started to execute a project " Centre Valdardze operational capacity enhancement ". The total budget of project is 24 795, 65 LVL, of which 93% financed by the European Union through the European Social Fund.
Sub-activity is administered by The State Chancellery together with Society Integration Foundation. Duration of the project is one year.


The project foresees customer database analysis, in order to strategically plan the institution's activities. The adjustment of public services to quality standards will be carried out and service quality criteria will be developed by experts. In order to enhance the professional skills and reduce professional burnout of Support Center employees following activities will be introduced: supervisions and mutual supervisions, trainings concerning children rights, socio-psychological aspects of violence against women, the migration phenomenon, the links between migration and human trafficking, the sex-based crimes, basic principles of socio-psychological rehabilitation of migrant women – victims of violence and teamwork principles for inter-institutional cooperation. Specialists will be going on experience exchange visit to Germany (Guetersloh) therefore getting acquainted to Guetersloh social rehabilitation and psychosocial support bodies which deal with women who’ve been victims of violence including immigrant women. Furthermore it is foreseen to improve the website of Center, to make necessary translations and design information brochures.


The activities within the project "Centre Valdardze operational capacity enhancement":

The specialists of "Centre Valdardze” (Eva Sāre- Aizsilniece, Inese Ločmele, Indra Priede, Astrīda Tūtere, Jeļena Kaļiņina) went on an experience exchange visit to Guetersloh from 10 to 13 January, 2011. The group of specialists was received by the district administrator Sven Georg Adenauer.


Days were very intensive. We met Hall’s mayor Rodenbrock-Wesselmanni (Anne Rodenbrock - Wesselmann) and representative of women’s equity Eva Šperneru (Eva Sperner). They introduced us to the women's rights advocacy systems in Germany and expressed willingness to cooperate. As well as we met women who are involved in voluntary aid and discussed our plans and needs for this year.


During the visit we visited "Several generations house" and its manager Karin Elsinga (Karin Elsing) introduced us with institution’s work plans and functions.
Midwife Katja Wolves is working at the house and is responsible about Hall’s  200 newborns.

The new experience was gained at “Women house”/”Women advice point”. Lydia Vezemane introduced us to its activities. A spokeswoman from the Guetersloh county police Usi Ruckovski (Uschi Rutschkowski) is engaged in victims’ protection. The similarities and differences in victims’ protection in Germany and Latvia were compared. Admittedly, domestic violence victim protection is more persistent in Germany. According to the information provided by police e.g. if you have an act of violence in the family then according to the law constrains are placed on the abuser and he is isolated from family, even though he has ownership of the housing. Ten days he can not approach the family even if the woman agrees that the husband may return. Large fine would be applied if the regulation is breached. This allows women to examine the case without being emotionally involved. If the woman decides that she doesn’t want to live together with the man anymore then she and the children have a right to remain in housing up to 6 months while they find a solution on how to live on. Our legislation states that women with children have to leave house and the only available option unless the support from the family can be received is residing in crisis centers. The hospital assistance at “Women's House” can be used if woman has decided to hide from the abuser. The services provided are not fee of charge as they are in crisis centers in Latvia. Women are requested to assist financially and take care of their children. The assistance from Social division is provided only to unemployed women. 

German colleagues also have a vast experience in working with immigrant women.


Usi Ruckovski introduced to the police interrogation rooms used for abused children, legislation and practical experience. We can only envy German colleagues as they legislation covers all aspects of victim protection. According to our legislation in case of child abuse if the child is under age of 14 years the presence of parents or psychologist is requested at questioning. In Germany only the specially trained police officers carry out interviews with children. In our case in similar situations a parent can affect the child's testimony therefore he/she should not be a legal representative and supportive person.

The visit was paid to Hall’s regional office.  There we met its manager Irmhildu Schmidt and representative of regional police commissariat Ulrike Magdancu. They introduced to legal protection issues of children in Germany. We had a meeting at Guetersloh Child Protection Center where we met Britu Bekmani and Vanesu Belovu.

The prospects of cooperation in international projects were discussed.

Many thanks to Guetersloh women's equality Representative Elaine Wendt, our partnership coordinator Ahimam Svolovam (Hans - Joachim Schwolow) and our interpreter and work group member Silvana Kreyer for an interesting and comprehensive exchange program.

Experience exchange visit took place within the framework of the project "Centre Valdardze operational capacity enhancement ".  The project aim is to raise
foundation’s „Centre Valdardze” capacity in provision of public services. The 93% of the project is financed by the European Union through the European Social Fund. Sub-activity is administered by The State Chancellery together with Society Integration Foundation.




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