Through the work of WRC, the society has been periodically kept informed and educated on the issue. Certain activities dedicated to awareness rising have been elaborated such as:
WRC organizes and facilitates Travelling Conferences
in 10 marzes of Armenia. Implementation of travelling conferences started in March 2010. One region has been monthly visited: during 2011 in total 157 settlements were visited, out of which 27 were towns and 130 were rural settlements.
The aim of organizing and conducting Travelling Conferences throughout the regions of Armenia is to get the participants acquainted with domestic violence issue, its specificities, types and forms, its peculiarities, reasons and effects, its types and situation in Armenia as well as WRC services provided for women and their children subjected to domestic violence.
These meetings are intended to reveal the level of awareness of population in the marzes, marz officials and police on the domestic violence and the situation in Armenia and their involvement in the resolution of domestic violence issue as well.
In general the participants are from various strata, including local self-governing bodies of marzes, the representatives from Municipality of marzes, community unions as well as teachers, librarians, psychologists, lawyers, engineers, vendors, medical workers, housewives and many others.
In 2011 more than 10 000 participants were registered in the meetings. Among the participants there were also representatives of local authorities and police. 75% out of entire participants were women and 25% were men.
A great amount of flyers and booklets are distributed during the conferences in order to share them with other settlers. Flyers and booklets are provided to local museums, libraries and shops as well. DVDs with 2 films - “For survival” and “Zone of Silence” as well as a video with Hot Line phone numbers prepared by the WRC are delivered to the participants. Recently, the film "For Survival" is presented mostly, which does not contain any scenes of violence being of edifying and enlightening nature. In general these meetings create a favorable ground for open discussion, exchange of ideas and dissemination of information in the various strata of society.
Another effective means of information dissemination is Educational and Informational Campaigns:
seminars and press conferences, consulting and services, investigations,
researches and publications. The offline promotional strategy includes
spreading information through booklets, leaflets, TV and radio
broadcasting and online promoting via internet pages such as
facebook.com, wrcblog.net, twitter.com, youtube.com and etc.
other online promotional tool is mailing list creation for keeping
certain government, police structures, certain international and local
NGOs, Armenian reporters and journalists, as well as certain individuals
updated and informed. WRC PR specialist spreads online newsletter on
WRC’s ongoing activities, news, services, publications and events.
Children’s Dance Group "Rhytm" has been established at the end of 2008. The group has started its rehearsals in February 2009. Alongside with awareness raising, creation of this groups aimed to help children of the WRC beneficiaries to overcome physiological problems. Such approach has successful and positive influence on children and helps them to be better integrated into the society.