The Girne Municipality Advisory and Support Centre issued a response to child abuse and violence. The statement made was that the neglect, abuse and violence against our children is a social problem, not just in the family, and everyone should do their duty to protect children.

In the statement made by the Municipality of Girne, it has been stated that 9 people have received free consultancy services at the Counselling and Support Centre of Girne Municipality, which provides free public advice for domestic violence, abuse, addictions, social, psychological and sociological problems.

The Girne Municipality Advisory and Support Centre issued a response regarding children’s abuse and violence. In the statement made by the Municipality of Girne it was pointed out that violence and abuse always leave deep wounds in both people and society, and the abuse of our children, not only in the family but also as a social problem, and everyone should do their duty to protect them.

Girne Municipality put into service on 9th March 2017 the Girne Municipality Counselling and Support Centre, as a public free counselling service for domestic violence, abuse, addictions, social, psychological and sociological problems. To date the Centre has dealt with a total of 15 people, including women.

In the announcement of the Centre’s June-October 2018 annual report, two children aged 9 and 12 years, received individual counselling at the Centre, 6 adults received individual counselling and relationship counselling, and two couples aged between 40-65 received individual and family counselling. 7 people who have previously applied to the Centre are said to have completed their therapy.

9 people in the Centre are currently active in the field of consultancy services. It was noted that the people who received counselling had their therapy once a week and that the socio-economic level of the citizens receiving counselling services is low or minimum wage.

Misli Kadıoğlu, Coordinator of Girne Municipality Counselling and Support Centre, gave information about the working system of the Centre. Kadıoğlu stated that she worked on an appointment system and on the basis of confidentiality. Referring to the cooperation with the Ministry of Health, Police, Social Services Department, Anti-Drug Commission, Kadıoğlu underlined that the Girne Municipality Advisory and Support Centre also offers community-based education services as well as counselling services, and that in the coming days there are preparations for education for children and families. She also said that they are meeting with school administrators and guidance counsellors in the regional schools and they are working to determine the priority problems.

Girne Mayor Nidai Güngördü, said there is deep sadness, especially in the news, about the abuse of children.  “By creating Girne Municipality Counselling and Support Centre, we think we do a correct job. Creating an environment of tranquillity, trust and love is the responsibility of the whole of society alongside the parents,”

Güngördü stated that they work for a healthy and peaceful city and society, and they put into service the Consultancy and Support Centre with a sense of social responsibility.

You can contact the Girne Municipality Advisory and Support Centre on 0533 879 95 95 or at Nazi Talat Street, Zeki Keçeli Apartment Floor 1 / Daire 3.