MerginaBŪK STIPRI (BE STRONG) is an initative of Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Lithuania.

The violence against women include all acts of violence that result in, or are likely to result in, physical, sexual, psychological or economic harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or in private life, commited disproportionaly often against women, is understood as a violation of human rights and a form of discrimination against women. Such crimes affect not only victims of the violence; this impact families, friends and all society.

The majority of women who became victims do not report to the police neither to any other organization of support for victims. Either in Lithuania it is not common to speak and reveal private experiences of the violence.

Whether violence against women in different countries is perceived as frequent or as a rare phenomenon by women depends on the women’s personal experience of the violence by their partners and / or non-partners, on their awareness of other women who are victims of violence, and of the prevention campaigns for the elimination of violence against women.

Domestic violence and coercion can happen to anyone, and yet this problem is often ignored, justified or denied. This is especially true in cases where the violence is psychological rather than physical. Recognizing and admitting violent relationships is the first step towards completing them. If you recognize yourself or another person you know as a victim of violence based on the description of the forms of violence on this site, please ask for help. It definitely exists! No one should live with the feeling of fear to the close and beloved human.

The purpose of this initiative is to provide you with the knowledge, to tell you stories of other women, to direct where you can get help and support.