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Domestic and gender-based violence

Norway supports dedicated programmes on combating domestic and gender-based violence in Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Poland, Romania and Slovakia. Each programme, while sharing the same overall objective,is tailor-made to align with national needs and wider EU and donor country priorities.

An estimated one fifth to one quarter of all women in Europe have experienced physical violence at least once during their adult lives, often alongside years of emotional abuse. More than one tenth have suffered sexual violence involving the use of force.

“Violence against women, including domestic violence, is one of the most serious forms of gender-based violations of human rights in Europe that is still shrouded in silence.” (Council of Europe, 2011).

The significant support channelled through the Norway Grants reflects the importance attached to the issue of gender-based violence for both the donor and beneficiary states. Programmes in this area will help aim to tackle both the causes and consequences of violence.

Initiatives to tackle violence against women can also be supported under some of the NGO Programmes and several other programme areas under the EEA and Norway Grants, including gender equality, capacity building, public health and research.

Programme objective:

  • Gender-based violence prevented and tackled

Expected results:

  • Gender-based violence reduced
  • Domestic violence reduced
  • Victims of trafficking supported

Priorities, funded activities and eligibility criteria vary by programme. Read more detailed information in the individual programme summary for each country: Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Poland, Romania and Slovakia.

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