Call for Application

International Conference:

Domestic violence (DV)

A Public Health Challenge – A regional exchange
among the three neighbors: Iran, Turkey and Azerbaijan

February 20th to 23rd


There will be a four-day conference in Istanbul, Turkey on domestic violence as a public health epidemic in the region, with particular focus on inviting Iranian, Turkish and Azerbaijani health, legal and social service providers as well as NGOs working in the DV space. The purpose of this conference is to strengthen the capacity of individuals and or organizations, which focus on DV prevention and intervention in these three countries. The conference will highlight the health implications for women’s health, children and their communities, bring awareness to members of these societies, health providers, legal and social workers. The conference is designed for practitioners, who work with or treat victims of DV and it will provide them with theoretical and practical approaches and processes that will increase public awareness and involvement in building advocacy skills in preventing and intervening in DV. These countries have cultural similarities and societal traditions, going back hundreds of years, viewing DV as a family matter. Because, Turkey and Azerbaijan in recent years have postured to adopt laws effecting DV their progress could be helpful to the Iranian participants, particularly those from the same socio-economic communities, because of their cultural and similar societal norms. We are collaborating with:
O'Neill Institute for National & Global Health Law and IRC(Innovations and Reforms Center).

Conference content:

The content of the conference, panel discussions and workshops will include: health implications of DV, physical or psychosocial, economics of DV, cultural barriers, prevention and intervention, policy and advocacy for victims of DV, governance and capacity building for the organizations, network building and collaboration, and philanthropy, fundraising and leadership of the organizations’ boards.

Conference expectations and outcomes:

The goal of the conference is to train the attendees to become strong leaders in their professional work and to strengthen the role and capacity of service providers in the region by training them on DV and DV prevention and creating a regional network of professionals to support each other in domestic violence space. The conference planners encourage primary care physicians, nurses, lawyers, social workers, volunteers, managers of safehouses for victims of DV and leaders of DV NGOs to apply for this conference.


The conference will be in Istanbul, Turkey in February 20 through 23rd, 2019 and is open to Iranians, Turkish, and Azerbaijanis. The cost of attending the conference that includes; economy class international travel from these three countries, lodging, meals and planned travel within the city is covered by a NGO and in partnership with O’Neil Institute for Global Health Law, Georgetown Law Center, in Washington DC, and Innovation and Reform Center, in Georgia.

Prospective applicants:

  • • Must have professional or volunteer experience in the field of DV
  • • Must be in good community standing
  • • Must understand English
  • • Must have a valid passport with at least six months expiration date from the date of the conference
  • • Must be able to pay for the economy class airplane ticket and keep the receipt to present at the conference for reimbursement upon arrival to the conference in U.S. dollars
  • • Must complete the application process, completing the form, and communicating with the organizers of the conference via email.