Project: “Women’s Safe House – a step towards a life without violence” // Slovak version
Call code: DGV02
Project code: DGV02017
Programme Title: Domestic and Gender-based Violence
Project contract no. 416/2022 // Partnership agreement
The length of the project: máj 2022 – apríl 2024
Project grant: 599 258,00 €
Cash co-financing: 12 230,00 €
Project partner: Mesto Nitra, Štefánikova trieda 60, 949 01 Nitra, email@example.com, 037/6502 111, https://www.nitra.sk/
Purpose of project:
The main goal of the project is to strengthen and improve the services already provided in the Women’s Safe House and to expand its capacity by 15 places in the context of applying the minimum European standards for providing support and protection to women experiencing violence and their children. The implementation of the project will enable not only the expansion of capacities for safe housing for women and children in the Nitra self-governing region, in the city of Nitra, from the original 17 spots to 32 spots, but also the improvement of the services already provided. As part of the project, we will also focus on raising awareness through an awareness-raising campaign in the Nitra self-governing region, which aims to raise awareness among the general public about violence against women, the possibilities, forms and means of tackling violence against women and children. The campaign will be centrally distributed via internet platforms, but mainly in the form of a high-quality podcast format. The campaign will also include visual outputs that will follow the podcast series.
Through an educational campaign will offer space and opportunity to acquire knowledge, information on violence against women and children, their safety, non-victimizing intervention, forms of assistance, appropriate and inappropriate procedures for working with the target group.
- victims of domestic and gender-based violence – women and their children, who find themselves in a crisis and often unsolvable life situation, from which they cannot get out without help, they do not know how to solve their situation. We also consider disadvantaged citizens in terms of disability to be a target group. belonging to minorities and other restrictions on access to the labor market, which make it difficult for a disadvantage to deal with a crisis situation such as domestic violence.
- general public, which will be informed about the issue of domestic violence, gender-based violence, forms of assistance, the existence and necessity of the Women’s Safe House as part of the project implementation.
- professional employees of the recipient but also employees of organizations, institutions of the public and non-public sector who will be participants in the educational campaign
1/ Spatial extension of the Women’s Safe House and its equipment
2/ Strengthening and improving the services of the existing Women’s Safe House and operating a expanded Women’s Safe House
3/ Operation of a crisis apartment
4/ Awareness campaign
5/ Educational campaign
6/ Networking and multidisciplinary cooperation
MAY – OCTOBER 2022
- Field Crisis intervention – finding a target group, professional activities, field social work, creating conditions for the distribution of food/groceries, providing temoprary shelter in an apartment, providing crisis assistance through telecommunications technologies (crisis line) and so on – 150,5 hod.
- Social counselling – professional help to female clients who find themselves in an unfavorable life sitation due to domestic violence – 786 hod.
- Safety management – professional employees at the level of multi- institutional cooperation determine the causes of the origin, nature and extent of problems of women and their children and provide professional assistance, including identification of violence, evaluation of threats, take measures to ensure their safety – 173 hod.
- Assistance in the exercise of rights and interests protected by law – assistance in dealing with official matters, in dealing with personal documents, in writing and submitting written submissions, writing out forns, etc. – 166 hod.
- Psychological care for children – children are also victims of domestic violence or are indirect victims of domestic violence- witnesses. This situation leaves them traumatized, so it is necessary to provide them with psychological help and support – 118,5 hod.
- Psychological support and care for women – help in treatment with trauma, the consequences of domestic violence – 24 hod.
- Legal advice, Assistance in preparation for teaching, Employment assistance, Development of work skills – 174 hod:
– help to victims of domestic violence to orientate themselves and resolve legal issues that are closely related to domestic violence (criminal complaint, interim measure, filings, etc.),
– professional employees help children´s clients with preparation for teaching, in writing homework, projects, working on a PC, etc.,
– in order for vistims of domestic violence to become finanially independent, they need to find a suitable job, with which professional employees help them. They are also helpful with the preparation of CV and other documents,
– professional employees work with clients on acquiring work skills, reconciling work and personal life, etc..
- Accommodation for a certain period of time, necessary to ensure crisis intervention, protection and support, including creating conditions for food preparation, performing basic personal hygiene, cleaning, washing, ironing, hobbies;
- Music Therapy – in order to improve the quality of the services provided, especially to children, in the Women´s Safe House we implement expressive therapy methods, which are a very suitable choice, as they allow the release of accumulated negative emotions, energy – 20,5 hod.
- Special pedagogical care – special- pedagogical care is in great demand when working with a children´s client in the Women´s Safe House, as only a special pedagogist can provide adequate care and assistance to children with various disadvantages (physical, mental, speech etc.) – 35 hod.
- 17. June 2022, “Cooperation – meeting”. We also actively cooperate with the Nitra self-governing region, where we participated in the creation and setting up of a strategy to help and support victims of domestic violence and women experiencing violence and their children. We have been cooperating with the Regional Directorate of the Police Force in Nitra for more than 5 years. Based on this cooperation, a model of assistance was created in cooperation with the police and the Victim Counseling Center. This model became the starting point for the amendment of the law on Victims of Crime, which incorporated into the law Intervention Centers and cooperation between the police and counseling centers in order to help victims of domestic violence quickly and effectively. On June 17, 2022, one of the regular multidisciplinary meetings with representatives of the polce, which is an integral of several years of cooperation.
- 13. June 2022, Press conference, Nitra – Press release »», Photo»», photo by Jakub Kovalík
On June 13, 2022, an introductory press conference was held in the premises of the Municipal Office in Nitra, where the launch of the project and planned activities were presented. The press conference was attended by representatives of the Program Manager, the ambassador of the Kingdom of Norway, the mayor of the City of Nitra, representatives of the project partner, helping professions, the recipient and local, regional and national media.
Mandate agreement, 30. May 2022 »»
Contract for Work, 19. August 2022 »»
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Project „Women’s Safe House – a step towards a life without violence“ benefits from a 509 369,00 € grant from Norway throught the Norway Grants. The project has been co- financed from the State Budget of the Slovak Republic in the amount of 89 889,00 €. The aim of the project is to strengthen and improve the services already provided in the Women’s Safe House and to expand its capacity by 15 places in the context of applying the minimum European standards for providing support and protection to women experiencing violence and their children. The goal of the project is also the implementation of an awarewness campaign and educational campaign against women and children.
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