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Project BO(U)NDS: Bonds, Boundaries and Violence: Longitudinal Study on school-based gender violence prevention programs

Funding: Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, IP (FCT)

Coordinating Institution: CIIE/Faculty of Psychology and Education Sciences, University of Porto

Partners: a) ISCTE - University Institute of Lisbon, b) UMAR - União de Mulheres Alternativa e Resposta

Gender-based violence against women and girls is recognized as a human rights issue and a public health problem. Human, economic and social costs have been amply demonstrated, and efforts have been made for decades to promote victim protection and accountability of offenders (including re-education programs). If domestic violence against women affects a third of adult women (FRA, 2015), recent studies show that dating violence affects 25% of young women, which shows their generational reproduction, which justifies the primary prevention of violence. Since 2004, several calls for primary prevention (Rosewater, 2004) have reinforced schools as privileged places for intervention. These programs are increasing in different countries with a diversity of professionals working in schools - security forces, health professionals, activists and teachers. Even so, the evaluation of this intervention is scarce and still more of the long-term impact. VG and VAWG are embedded in social structure and cultural premises (Hagemann-White 1998; Michalski 2004; Magalhães 2007). Feminist studies of male-perpetrated violence have studied the intersections between gender and other variables such as social class, 'race' and nationality (Crenshaw, 1997; Sokoloff & Dupont, 2005; & Rehman, 2012). Programs to promote change must address the complexity of the problem of gender-based violence.

The BO(U)NDS project intends to conduct a longitudinal study based on a mixed methodology and the hermeneutical comparison between Portugal, Germany, UK, Greece and Brazil. The assumptions are that an intervention program at school with children, adolescents and young people is more effective and has long-term effects if the content focuses on the structural and cultural bases of gender and domestic violence if they are appropriate for the development of the child and using holistic and creative pedagogical approaches. Interventions in schools can be based on normative actions, affirmative actions or transformative actions (Arnot 2009).

The BO(U)NDS project seeks to understand in depth what works in primary prevention to have long-term effects on the lives of young people. Based on focus groups and biographical narratives with young people who have been attending, for more than five years, programs for the prevention of gender violence in a school context, the aim is to understand the obstacles and successes of integrating non-values violence and gender equality in their lives.

At the same time, teachers, facilitators and policy makers will be asked about the difficulties and possibilities of implementing holistic, systematic and effective programs to prevent gender-based violence in schools.

EAVN participates in the project as consultant for Greece.  More information about the project can be found here

All about Eve

Duration: 01.11.2020 – 01.11.2022

Funding: ERASMUS+, ΚΑ204 - Strategic partnership for the exchange of good practices/innovation in the field of adult education. 

Short description of the project

The general objective of the project is to contribute to increase the presence of women in the public space and to improve their representation. The project's specific objectives are: 

  • Improve and develop competences in the field of communication of organisations working with women through the exchange of good practices

  • Improve the international network of organisations working with and for women, in order to strengthen their advocacy activity and to improve the visibility of their actions

  • Develop competences in the field of communication of adult women, so they can create contents representing themselves


Bilateral initiative between the European Anti-Violence Network (EAVN) and the Reykjavik Metropolitan Police 

Duration: 01.09.2020 – 28.02.2021

Funding: Active Citizens Fund - Greece, EEA Financial Mechanism 2014-2021 - Billateral Cooperation Initiatives

This bilateral initiative between European Anti-Violence Network (EAVN) and Reykjavik Metropolitan Police aims to the exchange of good practices in handling domestic violence cases and protecting abused women and their children.  

The Reykjavik Metropolitan Police is selected as partner because (a) Iceland ranks 1st in the World Economic Forum's Global Gender Gap Index for 10 consecutive years and (b) the Metropolitan Police during the past decade has made a substantial reform and improvement of the support and protection services it provides to adult and minor victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse, in close cooperation with Support Services.

Activities include: 3 experts from Iceland will visit Greece; the bilateral relation already established between EAVN and the Reykjavik Metropolitan Police will be strengthened via the following common activities of networking and exchange knowledge, technology and experience, which aim to the development of a broader partnership and the preparation of an application for a donor partnership project.

Τhe European Anti-Violence Network will organize working meetings with representatives of Greek Organizations that are responsible for providing support and protection to victims of domestic violence. The Reykjavik Metropolitan Police will present the methodology and tools it uses to provide quality services to victims of domestic violence, especially women and children. The needs of Greek reality will be discussed and ways of effectively transferring the know-how to Greece; a proposal for submission will also be jointly processed. Finally, the general population will be informed about the actions of the bilateral initiative through publicity.

The actions will be implemented in Athens within 4 days, during the period 1.9.2020 - 28.2.2021. The Reykjavik Metropolitan Police will be represented by the District Commissioner and 2 more experts.

Project Stopping violence against Women and children through an Integral and Fast Trajectory (SWIFT)

Project No: JUST/2015/DAP/AG/MULT/9763

Duration: 01.15.2017 – 01.05.2019

Coordinator: Provincie Limburg, Hasselt, Belgium


  • Stad Genk (City of Genk) (COG) - Belgium
  • Stad Hasselt (City of Hasselt) (COH) - Belgium
  • State Police of Latvia (SPL) - Latvia
  • European Anti-Violence Network (EAVN) - Greece
  • Nadya Centre Foundation (NCF) - Bulgaria
  • Stichting European Network of Policewomen (ENP) - Netherlands
  • Mutsaersstichting (MUT) - Netherlands
  • Research group [ed+ict] of the University Colleges Leuven- Limburg (EDI) - Belgium
  • Research group APART/empowering people of the University Colleges Leuven-Limburg (APA) - Belgium
  • Lokale Politie Limburg Regio Hoofstad (Local police District Limburg Capital Region) (LRH) - Belgium
  • Lokale PolitieMidlim (Local police District Midlim) (MID) - Belgium
  • Parket Limburg (Office of the Public Prosecutor of Limburg) - Belgium
  • Justitiehuis Hasselt (House of Justice Hasselt) (HJH) - Belgium
  • Justitiehuis Tongeren (House of Justice Tongeren) (HJT) - Belgium
  • Centrum voor Algemeen'Welzijn Limburg (Centre for General Welfare Limburg) (CGW) - Belgium
  • Jongerenwelzeiijn Limburg (Youth Welfare Limburg) (YV/L) - Belgium
  • Provinciaal Centrum voor Hulpverlening inzake Kindermishandeling VZW (Confidential Centre for Child Abuse & Neglect) (CCC) - Belgium
  • Openbaar Centrum voor Maatschappelijk Welzijn van Genk (Public Social Welfare Center Genk) (WCG) - Belgium
  • Openbaar Centrum voor Maatschappelijk Welzijn van Hasselt (Public Social'Welfare Center Hasselt) (V/CH) - Belgium
  • Provincie Antwerpen - Belgium
Since May 2017, EAVN participates as a partner to the Project “Project Stopping violence against Women and children through an Integral and Fast Trajectory (SWIFT)” (with financial support from the DAPHNE III Programme of the European Union). 
The project's objectives are: 1) To develop an integral and integrated appoach to violence against women and children in the Province of Limburg: SWIFT wants the Limburg partners to work more effectively together, under one roof, 2) To strive for uniformity and quality of intervention in all l5 Limburg police districts: SWIFT focuses primarily on a chain approach on a back-office level, starting from the reports in all Limburg police districts, 3) To intervene more rapidly: SWIFT will keep the time that passes between a police report and the subsequent commencement of a suitable course of action as short as possible, 4) To aim for a maximum alignment and efficiency of the interventions in families (3 different tracks): SWIFT will offer victims the most appropriate range of services possible to empower and enable them to escape the violence and wants to hold the perpetrators responsible for the violence.

European Commission
Directorate General Justice
With financial support from the
DAPHNE III Programme of the European Union

Gender Equality Awareness Raising against Intimate Partner Violence II (GEAR against IPV II)

Project title: Gender Equality Awareness Raising against Intimate Partner Violence - II (GEAR against IPV - II)

Project No: JUST/2013/DAP/AG/5408

Duration: 01.10.2014 – 01.10.2016

Coordinator: European Anti-Violence Network (EAVN)


  • Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies (MIGS) - Cyprus
  • Center for Education, Counselling and Research - CESI (Croatia)
  • A.L.E.G - Association for Liberty and Equality of Gender (Romania)
  • Plataforma unitària contra les violències de gènere (Spain)
  • The Smile of the Child (Greece)

External Evaluator: Professor Carol Hagemann-White (University of Osnabrück)

Project's website: 

Short description of the project

The GEAR against IPV Approach

The GEAR against IPV approach (Gender Equality Awareness Raising against Intimate Partner Violence) is a coordinated action of primary and secondary prevention of Intimate Partner Violence in adolescents’ relationships through interventions in the school or in other settings, that are guided by specially designed educational material and are aimed at secondary school students’ awareness raising and empowerment by specially trained teachers.

The main aim is to promote the development of healthy and equal relationships between the sexes and the development of zero tolerance towards violence by raising teens’ awareness on:

  • the characteristics of healthy and unhealthy relationships
  • the influence that gender stereotypical attitudes and socially imposed gender roles have on their relationships
  • how power inequality between the sexes is related to psychological, physical and/or sexual abuse against women/girls and
  • how adolescents can contribute to the prevention of all forms of gender-based violence.

Given the fact that almost all children and adolescents attend school, the educational system, at all levels, is the ideal setting for such an effort, where properly trained teachers can play a key role in the implementation of such interventions targeting the general population. The need for implementing in schools interventions related to gender stereotypes and equality, as a means of primary prevention of gender-based violence it is, therefore, imperative.

The GEAR against IPV approach is a proposal for systematic intervention in the school (or other) setting, where girls and boys are invited, through a series of experiential activities, to assess but also challenge their culturally “inherited” gender stereotypes and to approach differences between sexes as individual differences rather than as characteristics of superiority of one sex over the other.

Main Activities of the GEAR against IPV Approach

Teachers’ Training Seminars aiming to:

  • theoretical and experiential training of teachers on issues related to gender stereotypical attitudes, gender equality and gender-based violence in adolescents’ relationships
  • capacity building and skills development for the implementation and evaluation of the adolescents’ awareness raising workshops in school or other settings
  • development of skills related to identifying, handling and appropriate referring of cases of abuse of children and teens they may face.

Adolescents’ Awareness Raising Workshops “Building Healthy Intimate Relationships”

Adolescents are offered, via experiential activities, the opportunity a) to assess and challenge –within a safe environment- their culturally “inherited” gender stereotypes and b) to explore the influence that gender stereotypical attitudes and socially imposed gender roles have on their relationships, as well as how power inequality between the sexes is related to violence against women and girls. Moreover, adolescents are provided with the necessary skills that will enable them to recognize –at an early stage- the unhealthy or even abusive characteristics of a relationship, and also empowered in ways that will enable them to create healthy relationships.

Therefore, the ultimate goal of the workshops is young people less tolerant towards IPV, more knowledgeable of the characteristics and consequences of gender-based violence and equipped with “protection skills” against intimate partner violence and other forms of gender-based violence, for both themselves and the people they know.

The long-term objective of the workshops is adolescents’ relationships to be healthy and based on equality and mutual respect as, in such a relationship, the phenomenon of gender-based violence is impossible to occur. 

The GEAR against IPV ΙΙ Project in 5 countries (Croatia, Cyprus, Greece, Romania and Spain) includes the following activities

  • Mapping of preventive and supportive initiatives for IPV and Sexual Violence in adolescents 
  • Development, cultural adaptation and evaluation of three National Packages (for Cyprus, Romania, Spain) and update of the existing Greek and Croatian National Packages (revised editions) 
  • Implementation and evaluation of seminars for ~290 teachers and professionals [each seminar’s duration: 24 hours] 
  • Implementation and evaluation of ~1.300 adolescents’ awareness raising workshops in secondary schools and other settings (minimum duration of each workshop: 13 teaching hours) 
    • 5 peer-to-peer informational and awareness raising campaigns on gender-based violence, via material and messages that will derive from adolescents’ creations during the workshops in each country 
    • presentation of the project’s results in 5 National Conferences with the active involvement of adolescents and teachers who participated in the workshops 
  • European Conference in Athens, aiming to the wide dissemination of the GEAR against IPV approach and its results, as well as to the promotion of developing new National Packages for all EU Member States, candidate and potential candidate countries. 
  • Promotion and lobbying for the incorporation of the educational material and the adolescents’ awareness raising workshops in the school curricula of secondary education

More Information

  • regarding the National Packages and project’s activities in partner countries, please contact with:
    • Croatia: Center for Education, Counselling and Research Ε-mail:
    • Cyprus: Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies Ε-mail:
    • Romania: Association for Gender Equality and Liberty Ε-mail:
    • Spain: Plataforma Unitària contra les Violències de Gènere Ε-mail:
  • regarding the project and its activities in EU Member States, the permission for developing a new National GEAR against IPV Package, the National Package and project’s activities in Greece or for any other issue, you can visit the project’s website or contact with European Anti-Violence Network

European Anti-Violence Network (EAVN)

12, Zacharitsa str., 11742, Athens

Tel.: +30 210 92 25 491

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European Commission
Directorate General Justice
With financial support from the
DAPHNE III Programme of the European Union

Re-Actions against Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) - Actions in favor of women-survivors of IPV

European Anti-Violence Network implemented the Project entitled  

"Re-Actions against Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) - Actions in favor of women-survivors of IPV" 

with co-financing by the European Social Fund in the framework of the category of action 3.2.4: “Support to Women’s Organisations and Non-Governmental Organisations” of the NSRF 2007-2013, OP Public Administration Reform (Implementation Body: General Secretariat for Gender Equality).

Objectives of the project were to contribute to primary, secondary and tertiary prevention of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) via targeted:
  • provision of information and support to women-survivors of IPV via:
  • Training of health and social care professionals (distance learning) on IPV related issues (e.g. screening, danger assessment, safety planning and documentation of IPV). For the training seminars it was developed the educational material that also included ready-to-use tools. The training seminars were conducted from March 2013 - April 2014.       

 Informational Leaflet (in Greek) 

Guide of Organizations providing Services to Women Survivors of IPV (in Greek)


Last update: September 17th, 2014  

 Guide on "How to Escape" from a Violent Relationship 

The Guide on "How to Escape" from a Violent Relationship, informs every woman that is being abused by her partner or husband (but also any other interested person), about what she can do, where to turn for help and what services can be provided to her by the health - social care, judicial and public order system of Greece. It describes, in a simple way, the legislative framework, the existing organizations/agencies where she can ask for services of documentationprotectionsupport and/or therapeutic services (for herself and her children), but also the "steps" that she should follow.
The first chapters of the Guide introduce readers to the phenomenon of Intimate Partner Violence and describe the living conditions, thoughts, feelings and difficulties that women survivors of violence are facing, the consequences of abuse, warning signs and myths that -unfortunately even today- surround the issue of women's abuse by their intimate partner

The Guide is mostly written in the first person, using the voice of every woman that the storyteller met through her own journey, in order to describe the steps that she firstly had to find and then to follow in order to escape from her violent relationship.




Writing beyond Silence: Promoting Autobiographical Competences to help survivors of gender violence

Project Writing beyond the Silence - Promoting autobiographical writing competences to help survivors of gender violence (Project No.: JUST/2012/DAP/AG/3448)
Since February 2013, EAVN participates as a partner to the Project “Writing beyond the Silence - Promoting autobiographical writing competences to help survivors of gender violence” (with financial support from the DAPHNE III Programme of the European Union). 
The project's coordinator is Libera Università dell Autobiografia (Italy), and project's partners are: a) Provincia di Roma - Istituzione Solidea" (Italy), b) Coolabora CRL (Portugal) and c) European Anti-Violence Network (Greece). In addition, associate partners are University of Beira (Portugal) and General Secretariat for Gender Equality (G.S.G.E.).

In the framework of the project, it was implemented a training seminar of professionals working with abused women in 3 countries (Greece, Italy and Portugal). With  Autobiographical Methodology, individuals learn -also with a minimum level of literacy-  how to construct their written life-story. Promoting autobiographical writing among survivors of violence provides them means of sense-making, coping with emotional distress, to give experiences a different perspective. Training the professionals involved in support/shelter services aims to provide them skills to integrate narrative-autobiographical approach in their caring relationship. Actualization in field will give women ways to reflect and to reinterpret lived situations, facilitating a process of personal transformation and empowerment and preventing re-victimization (Project's website:   

European Commission
Directorate General Justice
With financial support from the
DAPHNE III Programme of the European Union



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