Interview: Tatyana Lipovskaya, Sisters Sexual Assault Recovery Centre, Moscow, Russia

Gend Dev. 1998 Nov;6(3):67-70. doi: 10.1080/741922833.


PIP: The Sisters' Sexual Assault Recovery Center was established in Moscow, Russia, in 1993, to address the needs of victims of sexual violence. The Center's help-line received 4029 crisis calls in 1994-97. Most clients are seeking information about medical services or legal aid. Others call about employment, HIV/AIDS, alcoholism, and drug abuse. Services are available without regard to age, sex, occupation, or sexual orientation. Program funding has come entirely from Western foundations and organizations. Although Russia has not passed a law on domestic violence, the post-Communism government is reluctantly starting to acknowledge that rape and domestic violence are serious social problems. The Center runs an educational program for law enforcement officers to increase their sensitivity and create an environment of safety for women who report sexual violence.

MeSH terms

  • Ambulatory Care Facilities
  • Counseling*
  • Crime
  • Developed Countries
  • Domestic Violence*
  • Europe
  • Europe, Eastern
  • Health Planning
  • Organization and Administration
  • Organizations*
  • Rape*
  • Russia
  • Sex Offenses*
  • Social Problems