A project sponsored by the US’s Ford Foundation has reduced domestic violence cases by over 60 percent in targeted communes in Hanoi .

According to a latest report by the municipal Health Department, the project entitled “Improving medical care for gender-based violence victims” has also lowered the number of women facing domestic violence since it was launched ten years ago.

The project has been jointly carried out by the Hanoi Health Department and the Centre for Studies and Applied Science, Gender, Family and Adolescents (CSAGA) in six communes in Dong Anh, Long Bien and Gia Lam districts, as well as two local hospitals.

The goal of the project is to integrate gender-based violence screening into medical practice at health facilities as well as cooperate with experts and local authorities in building support networks for women who are victims of violence.

Through the project’s activities such as training courses, discussions and seminars on gender-based violence, health care providers, authorities and people in targeted localities have positively changed their attitude and awareness of gender equality and domestic violence, thus helping prevent gender-based cases of violence and better assistance for victims.-VNA