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ESF 3.43: Dignity for Domestic Violence Survivors

Project Cost: €421,832
Beneficiary: Commission on Domestic Violence
Line Ministry: Ministry for the Family and Social Solidarity
Start Date: 2008
End Date: 2013

Non Technical Short Summary Of Project

This project aimed to invest in the social structure pertaining to domestic violence through the training and sensitising of various professionals who came into contact with people experiencing or escaping domestic violence. The project also seek to raise general public awareness on the matter with the aim to positively impact on the employability of the project’s vulnerable target group.

Operational Programme: OPII Empowering People for More Jobs and a Better Quality of Life ESF
Fund: European Social Fund
Operational Objective: To contribute towards the integration, retention and progression of disadvantaged groups in the labour market, whilst addressing labour market distortions.
Priority Axis: PA3 Promoting and equal and inclusive labour market
Focus Area Of Intervention: OPIIPA3 Promoting an inclusive society.
Focus Area of Intervention: OPIIPA3 Innovative activities.

Project Objectives

The project seeks to ensure that domestic violence services are delivered in an effective and co-ordinated manner, thus effectively preventing social exclusion and encouraging labour market participation.

Project Results

Professionals (circa 60) who come in contact with victims of domestic violence (including police, lawyers, the judiciary, social workers, doctors, nurses, psychologists, priests, politicians) will be sensitised about the need to address domestic violence effectively, about the importance of their role in this process, about the way this impacts the general economic and social well-being of the country, and about their ethical and professional duties in this regard. Professionals (9) who in direct contact with victims of domestic violence (particularly social workers within the shelters) will learn innovative ways of ensuring their social inclusion, including through labour market participation, through study visits. Service providers of domestic violence will be co-ordinated through a co-ordination plan which will ensure administrative and public efficiency. This will ensure that all the relevant service providers including, inter alia, social workers, job advisors, lawyers, psychologists, etc., work together in a coordinated manner, thus ensuring that the client receives an effective holistic service which will ultimately contribute to their re-inclusion in society and in the labour market. The general public (minimum 1,000) will become sensitised towards the need to create an enabling environment regarding the issue of domestic violence and how this can be addressed; information regarding the services available will be provided, thus ensuring social inclusion through, inter alia, labour market integration. The prevalence study will enable us to have a clear situation of the extent of the problem of domestic violence and its link to women's employment status. 15 victims/survivors will receive specialised training on the benefits and importance of employment and independent living, including on how to prepare a CV, attend an interview and other preparatory skills that will improve their chance of seeking employment. During the last twelve months of the project, as a result of the awareness campaign, it is expected that: 1. The number of hits on the website of the Commission will increase by 50%; 2. The number of referrals of domestic violence cases to Appogg or to shelters, will increase by 10%; 3. The number of phone calls related to domestic violence cases to helpline will increase by 10%; 4. 25 victims/survivors will be referred by social workers to the Employment and Training Corporation; 5. 2-4 workplace who do not already have a workplace policy statement on domestic violence, in place, will launch a domestic violence workplace policy statement of their own; 6. 2 other workplaces will offer a domestic violence workplace help and support unit within their HR department.

Project Purpose

1. To scientifically quantify the incidence of domestic violence in Malta, and the link between the disadvantage and employment; 2. To ensure that target groups are aware of the services available to them in order to be able to seek the relevant help, which will also enhance their employability; 3. To assess the adequacy and efficiency of the available services, so as to increase the service user's prospects of overcoming this problem and becoming independent through economic self-sufficiency; 4. To ensure administrative efficiency by co-ordinating the services available; 5. To introduce innovative methodologies to achieve the above.