This “Guide to Good and Evil Legal and Administrative Practices for Combating Gender Violence” was implemented in the framework of the transnational program DAPHNE – Building a safety net for refugee and migrant women, which was launched in 2016 with the funding of the European Union and was completed in November 2018. The program was carried out by 5 partners in 3 different countries: Differenza Donna Italy (Italy), Fundació Surt (Spain), Diotima Center, KETHI and GSIF (Greece).
This manual presents legal and administrative practices of various categories of professionals (asylum officers, police officers, lawyers, prosecutors, prosecutors and judges), who are working with refugee and migrant populations – survivors of gender violence. The identified practices are divided into two categories: 1) those that directly violate the respective national and European legal framework; 2) those that are considered good practices because they manage to fulfill the rationale and purpose of the legislation more effectively. Bad practices are found to be mainly carried out by police, judicial, administrative authorities, focusing on asylum procedures. In addition, reference is made to practices of nursing staff in public hospitals, local social service staff and staff in counseling centers or other supportive structures in each country.
In addition to identifying and reviewing these practices, the aim of this study is also to contribute to the public debate on gender violence and the improvement of the protection of victims, particularly those belonging to more vulnerable populations, such as refugee and immigrant women. The practices presented below have been recorded in Greece by the Diotima Center, in Italy by Differenza Donna ONG (Italy-NGO), in Spain by the SURT Foundation (Spain-NGO). The Diotima Center was the coordinator of the publication.
Ioanna Stedoumi, lawyer
Angeliki Seraphim, lawyer