LILA

Stage : On Going

The international project “LILA: Integrated one-stop support service aimed at women survivors of GVB and their children to tackle the needs arising from the Covid-19 crisis” is implemented in the context of CERV-2021-DAPHNE, for the period March 1st, 2022 – 28 February 2024, with EU funding. The coordinator of the project is the Asociación Bienestar y Desarrollo (Spain) and partner organizations are the Diotima Center (Greece), the Fondazione ACRA (Italy) and the Payoke (Belgium). The project will be implemented within the consortium in four countries: Spain, Italy, Greece, and Belgium.

Aim

It aims to design and implement a comprehensive program to support survivors of gender-based violence and their children, based on their individual needs and the effects they experience due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Special focus will be given to migrant and refugee women and their children, as well as victims of trafficking and sexual exploitation, in particular victims of trafficking through the loverboy modus operandi, as these groups are particularly exposed to the violation of their rights, to multiple forms of violence and the impacts of the COVID pandemic.

Main Objectives

  • contributing to the detection of survivors’ emerging needs in the context of the COVID 19 pandemic
  • strengthening and increasing the resilience of survivors, so that they can escape abusive relationships and regain their self-autonomy
  • strengthening their economic independence
  • preventing child abuse and promoting maternity support
  • increase the capacity of professionals to provide support to survivors of gender-based violence (GBV)
  • raising awareness and informing the general public about gender-based violence (GBV)
  • encouraging networking and cooperation of stakeholders

Planned activities

CENTER OF PILOT SUPPORT INTERVENTIONS:

Implementation at the pilot level of a series of integrated and tailored interventions aimed at providing full support to women who have suffered gender-based violence (GBV) and their children and minor victims of sexual exploitation (girls and boys). Interventions will include:

  1. individual and group sessions in order to be enhanced trauma recovery skills, emotional regulation, mental resilience, etc.
  2. specialized legal advice, aimed at providing information on women’s rights, legislation on gender-based violence (GBV), family law, migrant/refugee rights, labor law, while women will also be informed about available public services providing free legal aid
  3. support at individual and group level for their integration into the labor market through i) courses: through attending language classes, computer literacy courses etc. ii) Job orienteering (evaluation of prior work experience, CV writing, interviewing, guidance, etc.)
  4. mediation on access to the labor market, support in job search, through company search, monitoring the selection process.
  5. support for mothers, who are victims of sexual abuse through individual and group sessions on maternity (pregnancy/childbirth), baby care, physical and emotional changes during the pregnancy period, first aid for children, nutritional needs of children; emotional management of early childhood etc.

In Greece, the Pilot Support Center will operate in Thessaloniki from the Diotima Center and will provide support services exclusively to women and girls.

PROTOCOLS:

  • an Research of needs’s analysis and gaps in existing gender-based violence (GBV) response services as provided in each country during and after the Covid 19 pandemic. The following will be thoroughly explored: (i) existing services for GBV survivors with particular emphasis on services aimed at survivors children; (ii) the public system for responding to gender-based violence (GBV) in each of the Consortium countries; iii) on the needs identified in survivors and their children during the pandemic. The research will concern qualitative and quantitative data and its results will be published by the project partners.
  • design the pilot’s psychosocial intervention protocol, for being detected and assessed the risk to survivors and to prevent further victimization.
  • creation of a platform that will include the support services in each country, in the region of the project’s implementation

 

EVALUATION REPORT:

Evaluation report of the impact of the pilot interventions, through the collection of quantitative and qualitative data, in order to record best and bad practices

TRAININGS:

Online training, to acquire knowledge about gender-based violence (GBV) issues, professionals such as healthcare providers, professional state employment services, security forces, school teachers, etc.

CAMPAIGN:

  1. a) awareness-raising campaign, which will be addressed to:

(i) the general public with the aim to sensitize about the existence of the multiple forms of gender-based violence and to encourage them to take action

(ii) GBV survivors and persons at risk of gender-based violence (GBV), in order to empower and encourage them to seek aid.

(b) a lobbying campaign at the European and national level involving a two-day networking event in Barcelona, ​​with the participation of policymakers, academia, and Civil Society Organizations (CSO) supporting women and children survivors of gender-based violence (GBV).

The consortium will share the results of the project and the pilot interventions, with the aim of engaging the attendees, to integrate good practices into national and European policies.

Expected key results

LILA project contributes to achieve the objectives of CERV call by supporting and assisting women directly affected by GBV and their children, taking the basis of the Istanbul Convention, EU strategy on the Rights of the Child, the Directive 2012/29/EU (Victims’ Rights Directive) and the EU Gender Equality Strategy