Animus Association Foundation

ECOSOC Status: None
Type: NGO working on Crime
Address: 85,
Ekzarh Yossif st.,
1000 Sofia, Bulgaria
Country: Bulgaria
Region: Europe
UN Languages: English
Other languages:
  • Counselling
  • Prevention
  • Rehabilitation
  • Research
  • Training
  • Anti-Human Trafficking
  • Legal Assistance
Short description:
Animus Association works in the following areas:
domestic violence;
sexual violence;
rehabilitation from traumas and traumatic experiences;
counselling of children and their parents.

Animus Association Foundation pursues common to all mankind aims on the basis of equal rights and democratic principles in order to:
-achieve healthy communication between people and gender equality in the Bulgarian society;
-develop accessible counselling and counselling-related services offering competent professional help;
-Install social attitudes of tolerance to the differences, respect to suffering and intolerance to violence;
-popularize the values of dynamic psychotherapy;
-assist the intellectual, professional and spiritual development of women;
-activate changes in the Bulgarian family and society;
-develop and implement projects and programmes for support of women and children;
-encourage for understanding among the members of our society;
-stimulate raising the status of women;
-act as intermediary between different government institutions and non-government organizations and to coordinate their efforts in working on the problems of violence against women.

In order to achieve its objectives, the organization:
-ensures suitable conditions for popularizing the ideas and aims of Animus Association Foundation;
designs and develops counselling centres for specialized professional support;
encourages the development of, and implements educational and training programmes;
maintains contacts with a view of exchange of experience with similar organizations abroad;
publishes materials in the sphere of its activities;
works in cooperation with institutions and organizations in the country which have similar spheres of activity;
organizes symposiums, conferences and work meetings on the problems of women and family and mental health;
organizes cultural and arts events contributing for achieving the aims of the organization;
carries out other activities related to the objectives under paragraph 3/1/;
works for the development of the spiritual values, civil society, health, education, culture, technology and physical culture;
supports the underprivileged, the invalids or other people in need of support;
assists the social integration and personal realization;
defends the human rights or the environment

The Foundation defines itself as a public benefit organization.

7.2. Achievements:
Since its establishment in 1994, the team of the Rehabilitation Centre at AAF has received more than 20 000 requests for assistance. The Training centre, established in 1999, delivered more than 550 trainings in Bulgarian and abroad. In addition, AAF has actively participated in the development and implementation of the Bulgarian law on combating trafficking in human beings (accepted in 2003). It not only was a key factor in creating a supportive public climate for the acceptance of the law, but actively participated in the working group drafting the legislation and developing the regulations for its enforcement. Since the enforcement of the law, AAF continues its involvement by systematically monitoring the process of implementation of the law with a focus on the best interests of the victims. It actively participates in the work of the National Commission, developed under the law, influencing the activities of the shelters and centres for survivors of trafficking in accordance with the La Strada model. The organisation is also recognised as a key partner of major international anti-trafficking initiatives, including La Strada International (as a co-founder and member of the association), the regular reports of the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Human Persons at the US Department of State. AAF is among the major contributors for the development and enforcement of the National Action Plan to Combat Sexual Exploitation of Children. A key contribution is its initiative to promote a public-private partnership in preventing and resisting child sexual exploitation in the tourism industry, especially the development of an Ethical Code of Conduct and involving tourist agencies and associations in its implementation. Other policies, legislation, and regulations that have been developed and enforced with the active involvement of AAF are the Bulgarian Law against Domestic Violence, the Law Protecting against Discrimination and generally promoting equal opportunities.
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