Gender based violence is “any act of violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual or mental harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or in private life” (United Nations).
The issue of gender based violence is one which demands considerable attention in an Irish context due to the high number of instances which occur on a yearly basis. A SAFE Ireland report (2015) offered clear insight into the widespread presence of the issue, with 1 in 4 women in Ireland disclosing that they had been subjected to severe physical violence from a male partner, an increase of 10% across a 10 year period (Watson & Parsons, 2005). Another worrying finding from the report revealed that 79% of these violent incidents remain unreported to relevant authorities, families, friends or any other individual, indicating a tendency for these women to suffer in silence.
The SAFER Project aims to address this issue through an innovative training programme, aimed at primary school teachers and students, which will raise awareness and educate people on gender equality, healthy relationships, and respect. The training programme will help to change attitudes, and influence behaviours in order to prevent violence based on gender, while encouraging reporting and the protection of those affected.
September 2017 – September 2019
The Research Team:
The project team involves institutions across six European countries including: The Association for the Prevention and Handling of Violence in the Family (Cyprus); Vilnius University (Lithuania); The Institute of Development Ltd (Cyprus); GrantXpert Ltd (Cyprus); CESIE (Italy); Hellenic Association of Positive Psychology (Greece); YouAct (United Kingdom); and ICEP Europe (Ireland).
The project is funded under the European Justice Programme initiative.
• To develop, test and publish an innovative program for school teachers, students, and parents to raise awareness of gender based violence.
• To create an educational tool on gender based violence that will be provided to school teachers, allowing them to raise awareness, encourage reporting, and combat gender based violence.
• To enrich primary school teachers’ personal and professional development so as to be able to better support their students.
• To create and publish the educational tools and strategies in a widely available online format.
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