WeToo – Protecting mental health: Empowering frontline workers and SGBV victims and survivors

The WeToo project aims to enable frontline workers to better manage the stress generated by working with SGBV cases and better establish trust relationships with SGBV victims and survivors.

Grant Agreement Number: 101005857

Funded by: REC        Duration: 01/12/2020 – 30/11/2022

 


Challenge

Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) disproportionally affects women and girls, also in Europe, where 33% women has experienced physical and sexual violence since the age of 15, while many SGBV cases, mainly against migrant women and girls, are unreported.

Despite the existence of the Istanbul Convention and others specific legal and policy instruments, their application is not fully implemented by Institutions and services provides in Member States. In this framework, to successfully address the alarming phenomenon of SGBV, tailor-made initiatives are needed to meet the needs of public services, to enhance the skills of professionals working with survivors, as well as to improve victim-centred access to justice.

Especially, according to EU Gender Strategy, adequate interventions for SGBV victims should include supporting actions, particularly, addressed to frontline workers (police, health, legal and social operators), who are the first to come in contact with women and girls affected by violence and are asked to establish trust relations with SGBV victims and survivors.

Protecting mental health and social wellbeing of professionals who deal with SGBV cases is fundamental in order to respond and tackle gender-based violence, support SGBV victims and survivors and interrupt violent relations/situations and their traumatizing consequences.

Innovation

By enabling frontline workers to better cope with stress generated and highly stressful situations while working at the front line of SGBV cases, Wetoo aims at contributing to the successful implementation of SGBV primary prevention and response programmes and supporting women survivors and victims of SGBV on their trauma recovery.

Action

Two tools will be developed, one to assess (and self-assess) the mental distress of front-line operators and one to assess the mental distress of SGBV survivors and victims, hosted in secure shelters or attending emergency services. On the basis of the (self-) assessment results, recommendations will be provided in order to improve the wellbeing of professionals and the management of the services providers, as well as on how to operate and support women and girls victims/survivors of SGBV to overcome their traumas.

Pilot training courses will be delivered to improve the awareness of frontline workers and institutions on stress management and mental health care of SGVB victims and survivors, validating the self-assessment tool.

Five national reports will be drafted, presenting the gaps of the existing policies and practices related to care of frontline workers and women victims and survivors at national and transnational level. A transnational report will be also developed, summarizing the findings of the research in the national reports.

Empowerment workshops and psycho-social counselling sessions will be delivered for the inclusion of local and migrant women, in order to recover from SGBV-related trauma and distress and for the implementation and validation of the assessment tool on mental health for victims and survivors of SGBV.

Training of the trainers will be held in Greece, Italy, Serbia, Germany and Bulgaria. Professionals who attended the pilot training and delivered the empowering workshops will deliver a workshop to train other frontline operators.

 

 
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Project Partners

KMOP – Social Action and Innovation Centre
Oxfam Italia Intercultura, Italy
Intenegra, Germany
Atina, Serbia
Animus Association Foundation, Bulgaria
Alice, Italy

 

 
 
 
 

 

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