- Ukrainian Shelter Director
Nataliya Gryschenko is a social activist, painter, lecturer, inspirational speaker, effective
manager and domestic violence awareness activist.
Ms. Gryschenko is the President of “Foundation “Harmonized Society” NGO that was founded
in Ukraine to fight all types of violence, especially domestic and sexual violence, child abuse
and combating trafficking in human beings. The scope of the projects includes advocacy
and awareness raising, education for building a culture of nonviolence, trainings, resource
development, direct service provision to victim survivors and perpetrators, networking and
community mobilization, direct intervention to help victim survivors rebuild their lives, legal
reform, monitoring interventions and measures, data collection and analysis and of course
early identification of ‘at risk’ families, communities, groups, and individuals.
Nataliya is one of the first activists in Ukraine who started to work with the domestic violence
perpetrators. In her work she always implements new approaches and technics to help victims
of different types of violence.
Working many years with victims of violence Nataliya understands the vicious cycle of violence
and is a firm believer that we have the power within ourselves to rise above our past and create
the life we choose. With her creative non-traditional approach, she shares ways that individuals
and communities can do more to end violence and promote healthy relationships.