Who we are
The mission of our non-govermental and non-profit organisation is to eliminate violence against women and to secure to all people the rights introduced in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Our priorities include helping victims of domestic violence, sexual or other violence by providing legal and social counseling and preventing violence against women through education, as well as political and legislative lobbying. Our activities are based on the principles of human dignity, personal freedom and equality, the conviction of our employees and volunteers, and the trust of private individuals, companies, governments and international institutions.
We are a non-governmental, nonprofit organization that has protected the rights of people at risk of domestic and sexual violence in the Czech Republic since 1994. Our activities are based on the principles of human dignity, personal freedom and equality, which are our basic values. We are convinced that people anywhere in the world, without distinction of social status, financial background, religion or color, have the right to freely decide their lives. That is why it is our mission to eliminate violence not only against women and to ensure that all human rights are enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Our priorities include helping victims of domestic, sexual or other violence through professional legal and social counseling. Through targeted legal assistance, we enable our clients and clients to effectively defend their rights in situations involving domestic and sexual violence, to better orient themselves in all phases of possible legal proceedings, and to manage and resolve the crisis situations associated with it separately. We also offer social and psychosocial advice based on mutual respect and understanding.
The social work enables victims of violence to overcome the traumas they experience, prevents their social exclusion, and helps them to live a dignified and full-fledged life again. We provide support not only to people at risk of violence and persecution, but also to their family through a legal helpline, chat and email counseling, and through personal consultations at our intervention centers. All of our services are free and govern the principles of trust, impartiality, discretion and independence.
We are actively involved in preventing violence not only against women. In this context, we organize workshops for high school and university students and we organize lectures, conferences and round tables for the lay and professional public. We also publish professional studies and publish thematic manuals, case studies and information documents. Through our websites and social networks, we bring new and forgotten topics into the public space and maintain a general awareness of domestic and sexual violence issues. We also share the testimony of the people we work with and contribute to the voice of the unseen victims of violence being heard.
We strive for an informed, open and committed society that does not keep an eye on domestic and sexual violence in the Czech Republic and abroad. That is why we are working with public media to highlight the social overlap of domestic and sexual violence in the Czech Republic and the economic and social impacts of gender inequality. At the same time, we create platforms that help to establish a dialogue among all those who are indifferent to the situation of the victims of violence in the Czech Republic. The purpose of our awareness, benefit and cultural events, for example, on International Women's Day (8 March) or the International Day against Violence against Women (25 November), is to create synergies across the spectrum of actors involved in the eradication of domestic and sexual violence.
We also focus on political and legislative lobbying. In the framework of the Committee on the Prevention of Domestic Violence and Violence against Women at the Governing Council for Equal Opportunities for Women and Men, we contribute to tackling the complex structural problems associated with the eradication of domestic and sexual violence. We are also pushing for specific legislative changes in the areas of domestic violence and equal opportunities for women and men. Already in 1995, we filed a first draft amendment to the Criminal Code concerning the extension of Section 215 of the Criminal Law "Torture of a person entrusted" to a close person.
In 2002, we proposed to legislate on the concept of domestic violence in criminal law in the form of a new paragraph § 89 of the Criminal Code, and we were standing up for the constitution of a new crime of domestic violence. We also commented on the proposal for mandatory alternate care, the law on victims of crime and the amendment to the Family Act. Through our public appeals to members and members of the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate of the Parliament of the Czech Republic, we keep the issue of domestic and sexual violence in constant political awareness.
Our activity is based on the beliefs, personal initiatives and activities of our employees and volunteers, and the trust and support of individuals, companies, governments and international institutions. We also work with other non-governmental non-profit organizations with whom we share the same vision and values. We are part of the Coalition of Organizations against Domestic Violence, the Czech Women's Lobby, the European Women's Lobby and the WAVE European Networks. Together with our partners in the Czech Republic and abroad, we are responsibly building respect for victims of domestic and sexual violence and positively changing the situation of women in the Czech Republic.