Bringing neighbours closer
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Project Duration: 01.06.2018 - 29.02.2020
Project ERDF Financing: 178 047,06 ERDF
Project call: 2nd call
Recent surveys reveal that Latvia and Lithuania are among European countries where prevalence of domestic violence against women is above the EU average. EU-wide survey conducted in 2014 by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) shows that 32% of women in Latvia and 24% in Lithuania have experienced physical and/or sexual violence by a partner. 60% of women in Latvia and 51% in Lithuania have experienced some form of psychological violence by a partner. Many women feel unsafe in their families and their intimate relationships and crucial role to provide protection and support for victims lays upon local municipalities.
Project is aiming at elimination of domestic violence in Liepāja and Klaipeda. Project will introduce and improve support and counselling services for women and children – victims of domestic violence. These services will be based on interdisciplinary teamwork approach – where a social worker, a lawyer and a psychologist work as a team to help victim to end violent relationships and to start a life without violence. The project will also address improvement of cooperation between institutions to tackle domestic violence more effective. Experience exchange visits between Liepāja and Klaipeda, comparative analysis on victims needs and accessibility of services in Klaipeda and Liepaja, joint trainings for representatives of key institutions and development of guidelines for specialists will be carried out within the project.
It is expected that 120 women victims and 40 child victims will receive support and counselling services within project and 100 women victims and 50 children victims will benefit every year after the end of the project.
The project will bring together knowledge and expertise of NGOs and municipal agencies.
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The Project was implemented successfully and overall objective was achieved fully. The design of the project enabled different level activities and approaches to tackle domestic violence in Liepaja and Klaipeda – covering direct positive impact on victims and empowering cooperation at institutional level. Besides communication activities such as social media campaign (carried out on November – December 2019) and communication on regular basis contributed to positive changes in general public and encouraged society to be more supportive to domestic violence victims and acknowledge victims needs for professional assistance to end violence.
The project brought together different level and sectoral knowledge and expertise – municipal agencies and NGOs from both cities – Liepaja and Klaipeda. Merging experiences of LP (MARTA Center) in development of social services for victims in Riga and PP3 (Liepaja Social services) experience in administration of services at municipality level and pro-active approach of Lithuanian partners (PO Klaipeda Social and Psychological Services Center and Budgetary Organisation Klaipeda Family and Child Welfare center) to domestic violence cases was the key to establishing effective inter-disciplinary teamwork approach services for women and children victims of domestic violence in Liepaja. Services use interdisciplinarity and one-stop agency approach. In one place there is available assistance of social worker, lawyer, psychologist and children psychologist. Lithuanian partners (PO Klaipeda Social and Psychological Services Center and Budgetary Organisation Klaipeda Family and Child Welfare center) had opportunity to learn more about LP`s experience in tackling domestic violence at national level and developing social services considering national context. Created new inter-disciplinary teamwork approach services in Liepaja after the implementation of project continue to develop and demand from public increases year by year. For example in 2018 LP in Liepaja provided assistance to 42 women victims, in 2019 – 67, in 2020 – 79. Besides most of victims who received services within the project values one-stop agency approach (10, n=43), professionalism (9, n=43) and short waiting time (8, n=43).
Victim centred and needs based inter-institutional cooperation model in work with women and children victims of domestic violence in Liepaja and Klaipeda was established and activities to ensure models` development in future were implemented.
Objective was achieved by implementing several activities complementing each other and involving not only project partners, but also other stakeholders such as municipal and state agencies, courts, prosecutor offices, academia and NGOs. First step was to understand the scope of the problem and give a voice to victims to share their experience with agencies and accessibility of services, similarities and differences in Liepaja and Klaipeda and good practices of each countries. Answers to these questions were sought through research activities resulted in report. The report gave a guidance to ways how to improve overall response to domestic violence at municipal level. On basis of findings of research joint training for 34 specialists in Klaipeda was held with following national specific trainings in each city. Trainings were followed by piloting new practices in each city, for example in Liepaja, new risk assessment form for police were introduced. The forms filled out by police officers were delivered to LP and PP3 to ensure that victims after police intervention receive full information about services available for victims. Specific guidelines were developed in Liepaja for police officers and social workers to enhance victim centred response to domestic violence and inter-agency cooperation. As a conclusion of the project collaboration plan between Liepaja and Klaipeda was developed whereas framework for future collaboration was set and areas of cooperation indicated. Also each city developed their own interinstitutional cooperation development plans to ensure sustainability of project results.