Counteracting domestic violence in Warsaw
The City of Warsaw has launched a project supported by the EEA Grants that aims to counteract domestic violence and improve the support system for victims of this crime.
Over the coming two years, 750 staff from local and public institutions and NGOs in Warsaw will be trained to help victims of domestic violence and become part of a new, integrated violence response system that will allow them to act together to effectively deal with domestic violence.
In his speech at the project's launch conference on 30 October, W³odzimierz Paszyñski, Warsaw Vice President, underlined that domestic violence is a difficult topic deemed taboo by many social groups. "It is however extremely important that we speak about violence, moreover that we share information. As long as we hide the information, will we never over win the problem", Paszyñski said.
Gathering and sharing information is an overarching goal of the €750,000 project, of which Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway are financing 85 percent. One of the first tasks will be to identify the scope of domestic violence in Warsaw, the challenges in providing support to victims and analyse the effectiveness of previous actions taken by the City of Warsaw and NGOs active in this field.
This overview will be the basis for a comprehensive training programme for social workers from public institutions and NGOs, to enhance the ability of social workers to detect and address domestic violence against women, children and elderly. Specific trainings will be provided for staff working directly with violence victims, including long-term cooperation spanning violence victim therapy, family consulting and work with children.
The participants will also be trained in the violence response system to be set up in the project to coordinate and create possibilities for cooperation between the city's institutions working within the field of domestic violence. Public institutions, the police and NGOs for women in Warsaw will be part of this new municipal system for counteracting domestic violence, and also be supplemented by local interdisciplinary teams to address the violence in a comprehensive way.
The project already holds strong support, and 700 representatives from local authorities, schools, social services, municipal prevention authorities, self governments, justice and health institutions and NGOs acting in the field on domestic violence prevention were present at the opening conference.
Project facts are available in the EEA Grants project database by running a search for PL0039.
Creation of the domestic violence response system in Warsaw
Human resource development
Type & project assistance:
Capital City of Warsaw
Type of institution:
Grant agreement date:
27 March 2007
The purpose of the Project is the creation of a platform for providing comprehensive support within the area of domestic violence in Warsaw, with the overall objective of increasing the knowledge and skills of the employees of the Capital City of Warsaw, its units and NGOs, to counteract the acts of domestic violence and to provide better quality services. Reference is made to the application, dated 31 March 2006, and to correspondence with the Focal Point dated 24 June 2006.
The completed Project shall include the following activities and results:
• project management, including tendering;
• development of a research report on domestic violence in Warsaw;
• project opening and closing conferences;
• research and analysis of training needs;
• establishing programmes and training implementation principles, as well as a training manual;
• training of 750 persons; and
• publicity activities.
The Project Promoter is the Capital City of Warsaw.
The Project Promoter shall provide at least 15 percent of the estimated eligible Project cost.