On March 23, another lesson will take place at the School for Dads; in total, more than 800 men took part in the special programs of the crisis center.
The other day, the State Budgetary Institution "Crisis Center for Helping Women and Children" under the Moscow Department of Social Security celebrated its 5th anniversary. They decided to celebrate the holiday in a large and friendly family circle. Dozens of guests came to the celebration. It turned out that these happy people are the clients of the center.
Muscovite Olga K. (we do not indicate her last name for ethical reasons) comes to the crisis center as if she were home, tells how well she lives in a two-room comfortable apartment, shares her plans for the future, smiles. Today she is doing well, but a year and a half ago, her life was not sweet. A protracted conflict with her mother and stepbrother brought pregnant Olga, who underwent surgery to remove a cancerous tumor and has a second group disability, to a crisis center.
- I lived here until my son was born. All the time there were specialists nearby who raised my self-esteem, - says Olga. - They helped me in all matters, went to court.
Thanks to their actions, the woman achieved a court decision on her unhindered move with her minor son at the permanent registration address. But Olya did not manage to move into the apartment. The crisis center intervened again, and now Olya and her son live in a separate apartment.
Nina M., with her two young children, escaped from her alcohol-abusing mother and her brother-drug addict, who often threatened and raised a hand against her. She came to the center for help. And she was not mistaken, she was helped.
“I am provided with housing, one son is homeschooled, the other attends a specialized kindergarten,” says Nina.
And there are tens of thousands of such life-affirming stories. For 5 years, the center has provided urgent assistance to more than 26 thousand people. More than 1.5 thousand women and children, victims of domestic violence, received asylum in the hospital.
And the number of requests for psychological help exceeded 66 thousand. Psychological assistance is provided by phone (499) 977-20-10.
Natalya Zavyalova, director of the State Budgetary Institution "Crisis Center for Helping Women to Children":
“About 300 women in need of help live in our three branches a year. All services are free for Moscow residents. Previously, our clients were more often women of 35–40 years old, now girls and women of 23–30 years old come. Many of them are fleeing the physical abuse of their husbands.