WCC Armenia Round Table Charity Foundation (ART) initiated a training course within the framework of the "Church Combatting Domestic Violence and Promoting Men’s Engagement in Addressing it" project for the priests and social workers serving in the Armenian Apostolic Holy Church Dioceses of Aragatsotn, Armavir, Shirak, Tavush, Gougark, Gegharkunik, Kotayk. Because of the Coronavirus pandemic, the training was held online. The trainer was psychologist Davit Gevorgyan.
The online training focused on gender stereotypes and prejudices, as well as the psychological characteristics of discriminatory behavior derived from them. In addition, the connection between these stereotypes and domestic violence, as well as ways to deal with them, were emphasized. The priests also discussed the issues on the agenda of the communities under their auspices about the above-mentioned topic with the expert and received professional advice and guidance.
For a decade from now, the WCC Armenia Round Table Charity Foundation, in cooperation with the United Nations Population Fund, implements projects aimed at preventing domestic violence in Armenia. Within the framework of these projects, continuous trainings were conducted for the clergy and social workers of the Armenian Apostolic Church, to carry out primary prevention of domestic violence, raising people's awareness in the communities and the RA Army, as well as providing personal, couple and family counseling.
A special attention is paid to the consultation with newlyweds or young couples preparing for marriage. Domestic violence has a complex and multifaceted nature that requires a comprehensive approach. For this aim the Church and Armenia Round Table Charity Foundation are represented in interdisciplinary working groups to develop multi-professional practical mechanisms. Involving men in action within the framework of the project is the key to prevent domestic violence.