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Domestic and gender-based violence

Gender-based violence is a challenge facing all European countries. The effects of violence on a victim’s health, both physical and psychological, are severe. Inextricably linked to gender-based inequalities, violence represents a major obstacle to the achievement of full equality between men and women.

Norway supports programmes in seven countries in this field. This will contribute to preventing and tackling domestic and gender-based violence.

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For applicants

Only entities registered in the seven countries with this programme can apply. These may include non-governmental organisations, women’s rights organisations, and other public and private institutions.

For partners

The Secretariat of the Shelter Movement (Norway) and the Norwegian Directorate of Health are donor programme partners in this field. They can assist Norwegian entities who wish to get involved.

Project partnerships between entities in Norway and the beneficiary countries are also encouraged.

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