The Association for the Prevention and Handling of Violence
in the Family was founded in Nicosia on the 25th July, 1990. The Association is
a Non-Governmental, Non - Profit Organization.
1988: A phone line for domestic
violence issues operates for the first time; the number was 22365055.
1990: The Association
was founded in a Founding Constituent Assembly on 25th July 1990.
1994: The supporting
helpline becomes a 4 digit number, 1440.
1998: SPAVO’s first
Shelter opens its doors to accommodate women victims of domestic violence.
2005: After the efforts
of many years, governmental land is ensured in order to build our own shelter
for victims of domestic violence.
2006: The Ministry of
Labour, Welfare and Social Insurance supported our Association’s efforts by
honoring us for our important social contribution to the community. In
addition, they offered to our Association a generous donation of £20.000.
2007: SPAVO introduces
and incorporates the first therapeutic program for violent behavior. The
program “Love without Hurt” runs under the responsibility of the psychologist
and marital counselor Mr. Andreas Orphanides (scientific collaborator of
2009: SPAVO undertakes
the operation of the European harmonized phone lines 116000, 116111 and 116123
which are operating in European Union member countries. The phone lines are
related to children’s disappearances (116000), children’s and teenagers’
emotional support (116111) and for the emotional support of adults (116123).
Since 2012 the services of the phone lines 116000 and 116111 are operating with
the collaboration of the Organization Hope for Children UNCRC Policy
2008 – 2010: SPAVO runs a Pancyprian
campaign entitled “Parents and Educators against Violence”. The Association’s
staff and collaborators visited all provinces in order to inform /educate
parents and educators in subjects such as child abuse, protection from sexual
abuse, development of skills such as how to communicate with children and how
to handle angry children. The campaign was a great success and more than 450
2010: SPAVO reaches 20
years of social contribution.
2014: The second Shelter
for women victims of domestic violence opens its doors.
2014: The construction
for the new Shelter/ counseling center begins. The project is co-founded from
Norway grants, Republic of Cyprus and our Association.
2016: Opening of the shelter and counselling center
WE CONTINUE OUR EFFORTS...