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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)

Partners

  • 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: www.gear-ipv.eu 

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: cesi@cesi.hr
    • Cyprus: Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies Ε-mail: info@medinstgenderstudies.org
    • Romania: Association for Gender Equality and Liberty Ε-mail: contact@aleg-romania.eu
    • Spain: Plataforma Unitària contra les Violències de Gènere Ε-mail: prouviolencia@pangea.org
  • 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

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Project’s website: www.gear-ipv.eu 

 

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: http://writingbeyond.eu/).   

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



 

 

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