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Protect II: Capacity Building in Risk Assessment and Safety Management to Protect High Risk Victims

The project PROTECT II is a follow-up project from WAVE’s PROTECT I project carried out in 2010-2011. In PROTECT II, WAVE collaborated with 18 partner organizations from 13 countries and 8 advisory board members (researchers and judges). Focusing on multi-agency work, risk assessment and risk management, PROTECT II aimed to build practitioners’ capacity in law enforcement, judicial and paralegal fields, such as those of forensic doctors and practitioners in women`s services that provide counselling on victims’ rights and further legal assistance. The main focus was on preventing intimate partner violence against women and their children, and more specifically on improving the protection of victims, who are at risk of severe and repeated violence, including femicide (homicide of women) - including ‘crimes in the name of honour’. Accordingly, the concrete objectives were the development of a manual for risk assessment based on a multi-agency approach, the provision of guidelines for systematic and reliable data generation, training seminars, among others. In line, the Protect II Manual was published as a resource for trainers to explore the possibilities and benefits of multi-agency work.

The manual can be downloaded from the RESOURCES section of the WAVE website - TRAINING MANUALS

The project also resulted in a GENDERSTAT report, providing guidance to relevant stakeholders on sources and minimum standards of data collection related to violence against women.

The report can be downloaded from the RESOURCES section of the WAVE website - TRAINING MANUALS

2014: Women's NGO Sustainability and Autonomy

Women's NGO Sustainability and Autonomy

WAVE’s focus has always been to promote the important role of women’s service providers as services crucial to women survivors of violence. In recognition of violence against women as a human rights violation and a form of discrimination, WAVE believes that a specialized approach to service provision reflects state’s obligation to protect women from violence. As a result, WAVE conducted research to address the pressing need to develop an evidence base in support of women’s services. This included determining most favourable frameworks under which such services thrive and maintain their autonomy and sustainability, to serve as a guidance tool for women’s organizations to achieve an enabling environment and to present governments with best possible options to prevent and combat violence against women, as means of fulfilling state human rights obligations to protect women from violence.

The research was meant to provide a platform for understanding the developments in the women’s movement and actions undertaken by women’s organizations, with the goal to gain deeper theoretical and practical knowledge, including self-reflection, and as importantly to provide inspiration for the future of the movement and protection of the space occupied by women’s services to enable them to continue their work in combating violence against women. The project is funded by the Oak Foundation.

The report can be downloaded from the RESOURCES section of the WAVE website - RESEARCH REPORTS


Protect I - Best Practice Assessment to Prevent Homicide in High Risk Cases

The project PROTECT I took place in 2010 and 2011. The aim was to contribute to the prevention and reduction of the most serious forms of gender-based violence against girls, young women and their children. These serious forms of violence start with serious psychological and bodily harm, and can end with homicide or attempted homicide, including ‘honour crimes or killings’.

The target groups from the project included persons, who were responsible for the protection and support of victims and the prevention of violence, as well as organizations and institutions, policy makers and individuals, including the victims of gender-based violence. The project included several areas of action: research on statistics on homicides and attempted homicides - including honour crimes, literature review, research on standards of protection and support to high risk victims, expert group meetings, and a final research report.

The manual can be downloaded from the RESOURCES section of the WAVE website - TRAINING MANUALS

2012: Review of the Implementation of the Beijing Platform

Review of the Implementation of the Beijing Platform of Action in EU Member States: Violence against Women - Victim Support

The review of the implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action provides an overview of the criminal statistics, prevalence studies and other measures addressing the issue of combating violence against women. The report is also an in-depth overview of the range and quality of services to which women victims of violence have access: emergency services, 24-hour helplines, legal advice and other services. The research for the report was conducted by WAVE and commissioned by the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE).

The study provided an analysis of the progress of EU members States and Croatia in the provision of support services for women victims of violence. Following the publication of the report, the Cyprus presidency prepared conclusions on “Combating violence against women and the provision of support services for victims of domestic violence,” which were adopted on the 6 December 2012 by the Employment and Social Policy Council. In line with those conclusions, member states were called to introduce a range of measures to improve service provision and training for relevant professionals; the Council of the European Union was also called to sign and to ratify the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and domestic violence and designating 2015 as the “European Year on Zero Tolerance for Violence against Women.”

In the official EIGE website, you can find the EIGE report and all accompanying documents: http://eige.europa.eu/node/313

2013-2014: IMPACT - Evaluation of European Perpetrator Programs

IMPACT - Evaluation of European Perpetrator Programs

The two-year DAPHNE project began in January 2013 and was completed at the end of 2014. In cooperation with seven other organizations from select European countries, WAVE set to evaluate existing Anti-Violence Perpetrator Programs. The goal was to promote women’s and children’s safety from domestic violence by improving the quality and impact of domestic violence perpetrator programs.

The project consortium consisted of Dissens e.V. in Germany, and six partner organisations from select European countries.

Concrete objectives of the project were:

  • To provide an overview and analysis of the current practice of outcome monitoring in European perpetrator programs.
  • To provide an overview and analysis of research studies evaluating perpetrator programs (published and unpublished) in European countries, with regards to results, study designs, methodologies, and instruments.
  • To identify possibilities and obstacles for multi-country European outcome research studies.
  • To develop a toolkit for outcome measurement (including design, methodology and instruments) and good practice guidelines translated so they can be used by perpetrator programmes in different European countries.
  • To develop a web-tool to upload data collected with the toolkit which can then be centrally analysed.

The direct beneficiaries of the project’s results are perpetrator program managers and practitioners, stakeholders, policy makers and researchers. The indirect beneficiaries are, of course, perpetrators of domestic violence who participated in a program and the most important their partners and children who are victims of domestic violence.

Further information about the project can be access at www.impact.work-with-perpetrators.eu/index.php?id=13

2014: Review of 12 Critical Areas of the Beijing Platform

Review of 12 Critical Areas of the Beijing Platform for Action in the European Union

In 2014, together with lead partner GHK Consulting from the United Kingdom, WAVE provided expertise and research in the area of Violence against Women, measuring the implementation of areas of the Beijing Platform for Action +20, and development of and research in the area of new indicators to measure Violence against Women in the European Union Member States.

The report and the accompanying documents can be accessed here: http://eige.europa.eu/rdc/eige-publications/beijing-20-4th-review-implementation-beijing-platform-action-eu-member-states-report

2000: Prevention of Domestic Violence Against Women

Prevention of Domestic Violence Against Women

The brochure ‘Prevention of Domestic Violence against Women - European Survey, Good Practice Models, WAVE Training Programme (2000)’, deals with preventive measures, which have been taken in Europe to combat male violence against women in intimate relationships. It surveys the status of preventive efforts in the EU Member States and in the candidate countries and reviews good practice models.

The purpose of this brochure is not only to provide information, but also to offer practical advice on how to implement successful preventive strategies in an effective way. The target groups are mainly non-governmental women’s organisations and state bodies, but those who are interested in the topic and wish to add to the prevention of violence against women in their agenda can also use it as a good quality guide.

The brochure can be downloaded from the RESOURCES sections of the WAVE website - RESEARCH REPORTS