U.S.-Funded Training Supports Efforts to Combat Domestic Violence

More than 30 representatives of Mongolian government agencies and Mongolia’s Law Enforcement University strengthened their ability to respond effectively to domestic violence during a June 20-24, 2016, U.S.-funded “training of trainers” course in Ulaanbaatar. The training featured international judicial and prosecution best practices presented by two visiting experts, Ramona Gonzalez, a U.S. judge who handles domestic violence cases, and Jennifer Long, the director of a U.S.-based non-profit organization, AEquitas: The Prosecutors’ Resource on Violence Against Women. The training also drew on the experience of eight Mongolian experts representing psychologists, university professors, and other practitioners in the field.

Course participants will build on their training by jointly developing a handbook and subsequently training more than 200 Mongolian judges, prosecutors, police officers, marshals, and bailiffs to enhance their coordination and strengthen their capacity to address domestic violence, in line with Mongolian legislation and international and Mongolian best practices.

This “training of trainers” was funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs through the “Combatting Gender-Based Violence in Mongolia: Strengthening Justice Sector Capacity” project implemented by the International Development Law Organization (IDLO). IDLO continues to expand its partnerships with key rule of law actors in Mongolia, working closely with the Ministry of Justice, the Judicial General Council, the Office of the Prosecutor General, the National Police Authority, the General Executive Agency of Court Decisions, and the Marshals Authority.

In addition to this work, the U.S. Department of State Secretary’s Full Participation Fund supports a complementary project to combat domestic violence in Mongolia titled “Combatting Gender-Based Violence in Mongolia: Providing a Foundation for Domestic Violence Shelters” which aims to increase the capacity of the Mongolian government and NGO partners working with victims of domestic violence through exposure to domestic violence shelter management techniques and domestic violence response and prevention strategies.

The U.S. government dedicates significant resources around the world to fighting domestic violence. To learn more about U.S. engagement in this area, please visit www.state.gov.