Domestic violence is one of Armenia's direst social problems, yet it remains on the margins of national discourse - legislation has so far failed to address the issue and a widespread code of silence perpetuates the situation.
Romania-born and US-raised Maro Matosian has taken the plight of abused women close to her heart. In 1991, Maro moved to Yerevan and became one of the pioneers in providing assistance to women victim of violence. She heads the Women's Support Centre, a project the US-Armenian Tufenkian Foundation set up in 2010, and runs a shelter which supports women victims of physical and psychological abuse as well as their children.
photo by Women Support center