The research was conducted at the beginning of the project «Establish Response and Care Units (RCUs) within the existing support systems to provide trauma-informed, holistic care for survivors of violence, including GBV and sexual violence». This project is implemented by the Representative Office of the global health and human rights organization HealthRight International with the support of the international nonprofit FHI 360. The primary target audience of the project is internally displaced persons (IDP).

The project aims to introduce an integrated approach to providing health and psychosocial assistance to GBV victims (including victims of hostilities in the occupied/de-occupied territories) through establishing integrated response and care units at primary healthcare centers or polyclinics.

The research was aimed to assess the level of satisfaction of the existing IDP’s needs in social and psychological support in the project target communities/oblasts with a focus on the availability of mental health services.

Research regions included Dnipropetrovsk, Zaporizhzhia, Mykolaiv, Odesa, Kharkiv, Kherson, Donetsk, and Luhansk oblasts.

We used qualitative data collection methods in this research. Desk review was the primary data collection method for the Donetsk, Luhansk, and Kherson oblasts, which were largely occupied during the research. In particular, we reviewed publicly available statistical and other data on services available at the hromada level, the main challenges and unmet/not fully met needs of residents of the temporarily occupied and frontline territories, etc.

In 5 other oblasts (Dnipropetrovsk, Zaporizhzhia, Mykolaiv, Odesa, Kharkiv) in addition to the desk review, we also held:

  • focus groups with IDPs;
  • in-depth interviews with experts: doctors, representatives of social services centers, non-governmental organizations, and volunteers who provide care to IDPs;
  • mapping of the providers of social and psychological care for IDPs working in the target hromadas (medical institutions, humanitarian hubs/centers of humanitarian aid for IDPs, social services centers, social protection departments, free legal aid centers, etc.).