WAVE is…

a network of over 170 European women’s NGOs working towards prevention and protection of women and children from violence. We build the capacity of our members, advocate for better legislation, conduct research and raise awareness on violence against women and girls.

Capacity Building

training around 350 professionals to support women and girls to be free from violence.

Advocacy for protection and prevention

lobbying and consulting with stakeholders in 50 initiatives every year.

Research and awareness raising

gathering data on the situation women’s specialist services in 46 European countries and disseminating information.


Revision of the EU Victims’ Rights Directive: Urgent call to EU negotiators to strengthen rights of all victims of crime regardless of residence status

WAVE joins PICUM and La Strada International as well as over 40 organisations in calling for the revision of the EU Victims’ Rights Directive to … Read more

TRAINING MANUAL: Preventing and responding to GBV during the war and in post-war settings

In 2023, the project partners of the WAVE/OSCE project1, Sexual Assault Crisis Center (Yerevan, Armenia), Women Fund Sukhumi (Kutaisi, Georgia), Foundation United Women Banja Luka (Banja Luka, Bosnia & Herzegovina), … Read more

A Step Forward, Yet Many Missed Opportunities: WAVE’s Initial Response to the EU Directive on Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence 

On February 6th, a pivotal moment unfolded as the European Council and the European Parliament reached a political agreement on the Directive aimed at combating … Read more

Strengthening the EU Directive on VAW and DV: A Call for Gender-Specific Measures and the Essential Inclusion of Women Specialist Services

The WAVE Network, representing over 1,600 Women’s Specialist Services across 46 European countries, is at the forefront of advocating for women’s rights and has been … Read more

WAVE Newsletters 2024

The WAVE Newsletter provides monthly updates from the WAVE Network and WAVE members including political developments from across Europe.

A Directive for Change: An Urgent Appeal to EU Negotiators to Adopt a Strong Directive on Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence

The Women Against Violence Europe (WAVE) Network and the EuroCentralAsian Lesbian* Community (EL*C) urgently call upon the negotiators of the Belgian Presidency of the Council … Read more