Currently available funding
Domestic and gender-based violence prevented and victims protected and assisted
This Annex sets out the operational rules for the programme. The programme agreement is based on the MoU, the concept note and comments made by the NMFA. Commitments, statements and guarantees, explicit as well as implicit, made in the concept note, are binding for the National Focal Point and the Programme Operator unless otherwise explicitly stipulated in the annexes to this programme agreement.
The Programme Operator is the Ministry of Investments, Regional Development and Informatization of the Slovak Republic. The Norwegian Directorate of Health is the Donor Programme Partner (DPP). The Council of Europe is the International Partner Organisation (IPO). The Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Family of the Slovak Republic is the Programme Partner.
The programme objective is “Domestic and gender-based violence prevented and victims protected and assisted”. The programme shall support projects within the following Programme Areas (PAs):
PA 04 “Work-life Balance”: Within this PA, the programme shall support the outcome “Understanding of gender equality increased” (Outcome 1) by way of pre-defined project (PDP no. 1) “HER STORY” and one small grant scheme (SGS) focused on capacity-building of organisations working in the field of gender equality and work-life balance.
PA 22 “Domestic and Gender-based Violence”: Within this PA, the programme shall support the outcome “Victims of domestic and gender-based violence protected and supported” (Outcome 2) by way of three calls for proposals (calls no. 1, 2 and 3). Call no. 1 will support intervention teams at local level on services for victims of domestic and gender-based violence, including children. Call no. 2 will support the improvement of the quality of the services so that they meet the required standards, including specific services for children victims. Call no. 3 will support the specialisation of services targeted at vulnerable groups, such as victims with addictions, victims of sexual abuse, as well as perpetrators of violence.
Within the same PA, the programme shall support the outcome “Response systems to victims of domestic and gender-based violence improved” (Outcome 3) by way of pre-defined projects “Improving the victim-oriented approach – a tool enhancing the capacity to fight violence against women and domestic violence” (PDP no. 2) and “Awareness raising and enhancement of the capacity to fight violence against women in Slovakia in line with Council of Europe standards” (PDP no. 3).
There shall be an ambition that shelters and counselling services for victims of domestic and gender-based violence that receive funding under this programme are operational for at least five years after the Programme Operator’s approval of the project completion report.
A maximum level of funding available from the total eligible expenditure of the programme for infrastructure (hard measures) shall be identified in the concept note.
Measures implemented under this programme shall also address broader gender equality issues, e.g. through education and awareness-raising, institutional support and capacity development for women''s and equality organisations including NGOs, targeted measures and services for work-life balance as well as the specific needs of vulnerable groups such as Roma.
Providing support to the Coordination Methodological Centre (CMC), building on the pre-defined project implemented under the SK09 programme (2009-2014) by the Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Family of the Slovak Republic, in partnership with the Council of Europe and the Norwegian Centre for Traumatic Stress Studies (NKVTS), as a pre-defined project, shall be considered.
The programme shall build on the results achieved by the SK09 programme under the Norwegian Financial Mechanism 2009-2014, with the aim of providing systematic support to victims of domestic and gender-based violence in line with the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence. The supported projects shall contribute to the provision of quality services by public entities as well as NGOs for victims of domestic and gender-based violence, especially vulnerable groups, including children, primarily through the support to shelters and counselling services.
The relevant public institution(s) in the Slovak Republic in charge of the policy area in question, including the Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Family, shall be actively involved in the preparation and implementation of the programme, specifically as member(s) of the Cooperation Committee.
€ 75,000 shall be allocated to the programme from the fund for bilateral relations. This does not prevent the Joint Committee for Bilateral Funds from allocating additional funds to the programme.