On 1 August 2016, WAVE issued a press release on the findings of the WAVE Report 2015. The press release summarizes the results of the research conducted for the WAVE Report 2015, and points out that while many countries throughout Europe have set up specialist service provision for women survivors of violence, such service provision is still scarcely available.
This includes limited availability of women's helplines, shelters, and centres. Additionally, access for women from various backgrounds is limited, including for differently abled women. The press release can be downloaded here.
In 2016-2017, the WAVE Network is stepping up to promote the right of women and their children to live free from violence!
To be launched on 25 May 2016, the WAVE Step up! campaign aims at improving the availability and access to quality specialised support services for women survivors of violence and their children, calling on decision-makers on the national and European level to provide adequate and sustainable funding to autonomous NGOs providing these life-saving services.
The WAVE Report 2015 entitled “Report on the Role of Specialist Women’s Support Services in Europe” maps the services available to women survivors of violence in 46 countries, including information on women’s helplines, women’s shelters, women’s centres, women’s journeys to specialist support services as well as providing data on the existence and scope of national women’s networks in Europe.
In addition, for the first time, best practice examples of preventative and training work conducted by women’s NGOs is presented. Information on Government policy and funding is given which discusses national action plans and strategies to deal with gender violence.