Romanian Secretary of State Supportive of Step Up! Campaign!
In response to WAVE's letter addressed to the Romanian government regarding the National Interest Program in the Area of Violence against Women, the WAVE Network received a letter from the Secretary of State, Andra Cristina Croitoru, on 5 September 2016, stating that the Romanian government believes the Step Up! Campaign "represents an essential step for awareness at the highest level and for ensuring an active intervention and indispensable cohesion to the governments of the European coutnries regarding the need to fnance and develop social services to support victims of domestic violence and victims of sexual violence."
Even more great news: NGOs will now be able to apply for funding under the National Interest Program in the area of domestic violence. Funding is foreseen for both victim support and work with perpetrators. For the victim support, the services eligible for funding will not only be shelters but also counseling centers, as well as the setting up of a multi-agency intervention all around the country. 42 counseling centers and 16 shelters will be able to access funding, either in order to continue or to start up service provision.