Women in Tajikistan (file photo)
1 July 2005 (RFE/RL) -- The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) announced today the opening of a shelter for abused women in Khudzand in northwest Tajikistan.
The OSCE's Dushanbe office says the shelter is financed as part of a three-year project by U.S. State Department.
Gulrukhsor, a crisis center that has worked in Tajikistan since 1996, will operate the new shelter.
Gulrukhsor says more than half of its calls come from women in need of shelter and one-third are related to domestic violence.
Until now the crisis center has provided medical consultations and rehabilitation services. Frank Johnson of the OSCE Field Office in Khudzand says the new shelter is the first of its type in Tajikistan.