The brief discusses the critical public services available to women who have been victims of violence. It is based on the findings of a regional research done by the Regional Observatory on VAWG in 2020, which focused on women's perceptions and awareness of victim services. The brief also relies on the 2020 Regional Index on VAWG. It illustrates the state of health, police, and justice services, as well as social services, considering best practices and international accords, particularly the Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (Istanbul Convention).
The brief first draws upon the standards for service provision and how essential services should be provided. Additionally, it discusses the state of the services in the countries observed (Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Tunisia) and offers policy recommendations to enhance them.