Seminar on “non-physical violence” held at Borjomi

To make the general public aware on different kinds of violence, especially non-physical violence, a seminar was held recently. The seminar was organised by the Gender Equality Council of Borjomi Municipality. This seminar was addressed by psychologist Zurab Mkheidze.

The Key speaker at the beginning spoke about “non-physical violence”. After the brief introduction meeting continued in word-answer mode.

Many esteemed guests attended the seminar, which included Davit Zaalishvili, Chairman of the Standing Committee on Culture, Education, Sports and Youth Affairs, Mamuka Lursmanashvili, and members of the City Council. Besides these guests pupils and teachers of public schools were also present at the spot.

Non-physical violence, also called mental credulity, is regarded as the worst kind of violence. The most aggrieved form of this violence is that it is faced by the victim of domestic violence. As a large number of victims of domestic violence are still women in Georgia, many times they have to face the heat of mental cruelty.

Speaking on occasion, Guest speaker psychologist Zurab Mkheidze said that non-physical violence has the potential to cause lifelong damage to the mental health of the victims.
Victims may become patients of different kinds of mental illness, including depression and anxiety, Low esteem etc.

He also said that instead of being a victim of non-physical violence in the form of mental cruelty, people should raise their voices against this extreme kind of violence.

Psychologist Zurab Mkheidze also undelined that women being most vulnerable section of society is mostly exposed to non-physical violence.

It is to be specifically mentioned that many social, government as well as non governmental organisations have been organising many seminars and conferences against domestic violence, including non-physical violence.

All conferences and seminars are part of a sixteen-day campaign against domestic violence. This sixteen-day campaign is celebrated every year from November 25 to December 10.

There are some types of non-physical violence, like abusing someone emotionally, intimidation, and isolation from family and other near relatives.

Municipality reminds people that in Borjomi organised by the Gender Equality Council the 16-day campaign against violence against women and domestic violence is underway. The next event which includes the screening of Zurab Inashvili’s documentary “Make Your Voice” will be organised on December 8, at 17:00 at Merab Kostava Garden Open Cinema.

Zurab Kvaratskhelia

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