Domestic violence response teams to appear in Ukraine

Domestic violence response teams within the Polina Project will be launched across Ukraine. This was stated by the newly appointed head of the National Police Ihor Klymenko in an interview with

He emphasized that women and children in Ukraine often suffer from domestic violence. Law enforcement officers are planning to change that.

"Back in 2017, we launched a pilot project called Polina in three regions. These are response groups that react exclusively to domestic violence," Klymenko said.

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He explained that the results of these groups’ functioning have shown impressive results. Due to this, it was decided to launch Polina Project all over Ukraine.

As we reported earlier, on September 25, the government accepted the resignation of the head of the National Police, Serhiy Kniazev, and appointed new police chief, the third-ranked police general, Ihor Klymenko.

On January 1, The law No. 2227-VIII which provides criminal liability for domestic violence came into force in Ukraine. Domestic violence is intentional regular physical, psychological or economic abuse of a partner or former partner, family member or relative, which leads to physical or psychological suffering, health problems, impairment, emotional dependence or worsening of quality of life of the victims. For this the criminal faces 50-240 hours of public works or arrest for up to six months, restriction of liberty for up to five years or imprisonment for up to two years.

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