Funding Call to Prevent and Combat all forms of Violence against Children, Young People and Women
Deadline: 1 April 2020
European Commission is currently accepting proposals to prevent and combat all forms of violence against children, young people and women.
For the purpose of this call, gender-based violence is defined as violence directed against a person because of that person’s gender (including gender identity/expression) or as violence that affects persons of a particular gender disproportionately.
Priority 1. Preventing gender-based violence
The focus is on primary prevention of gender-based violence, i.e. changing social attitudes and behaviour, in order to end tolerance of all forms of violence, with actions including (but not limited to): education and awareness raising, training and practical activities to tackle prejudices and gender stereotypes, norms, attitudes and behaviours that encourage, condone or minimise violence. Prevention also include actions focusing on perpetrators, to prevent them from offending again. Actions may focus on developing empowerment and intervention programmes to equip women and men with the tools to call out and stand up to violence as bystanders, and to be role models in the fight against gender-based violence.
Under this priority applicants should apply behavioural insights and practical tools from behavioural sciences in their proposals in view of achieving changes in attitudes and behaviour.
Target groups should be clearly identified and access to them guaranteed either through the constitution of the partnership or by providing support letters.
Priority 2. Tackling online violence against women
The focus is on prevention and response to online violence against women, with actions including (but not limited to): awareness raising of the general public and/or target groups; information and support to (potential) victims to develop coping strategies and claim their rights; information and support to (potential) victims on flagging or reporting harmful content to IT platforms and/or law enforcement agencies; capacity-building for relevant professionals; prevention and treatment of other forms of gender-based violence (including domestic violence) with a cyber-dimension; and tackling prejudices and gender stereotypes and norms that encourage or condone online violence.
In particular, actions may focus on the development of tools for reporting, flagging and/or removal of harmful online violent content against women. Co-operation with and among national audio-visual regulatory bodies, non-governmental organisations, IT platforms, national authorities, equality bodies, and criminal justice systems is strongly encouraged.
Priority 3. Protecting and supporting children, young people and women who are victims and potential victims (including witnesses) of violence
Actions shall focus on early detection, protection and support services for (potential) victims/witnesses of violence, addressing their specific needs. Projects shall aim at fostering multi-disciplinary cooperation and strengthening capacity building for relevant professionals in contact with victims, including – but not limited to – law enforcement, justice system, victim support or social services, health care professionals, care professionals and educators.
Actions may include the design, implementation and facilitation of access to specialised support services aiming at helping victims and witnesses of violence to overcome trauma, mental health issues and psychological harm linked to their experience of violence. Actions can also specifically target children, young people and women in migration.
The target group shall be (non-exhaustive list): social service professionals, health and care professionals, teachers, people working with children and youth, law enforcement representatives, staff in reception centres, or in alternative care settings, staff in detention centres, judicial professionals, helplines and hotlines operators, psychologists and therapists working with children, families, children, young people and women. The proposals should be designed with a victim-based approach, taking into consideration their specific needs, in particular those of the most vulnerable groups, such as refugees and migrants, people with disabilities, Roma, persons belonging to national, ethnic or religious minorities, LGBTI, elderly women, homeless women.
This priority aims to contribute to the implementation of Directive 2012/29/EU establishing minimum standards on the rights, support and protection of victims of crime; Directive 2011/99/EU on the European Protection Order; Regulation 606/2013 on mutual recognition of protection measures in civil matters; and/or the provisions of the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (Istanbul Convention), particularly related to support and protection measures (including the provisions on child victims/witnesses).
Proposals shall complement the efforts of the EU in the area of support and rights of victims and combating gender-based violence. Applicants shall explain and demonstrate how their proposals are aligned with the respective EU policies and with the documents published by the European Commission.
Priority 4. Preventing, combating and responding to peer violence amongst children
Actions shall focus on preventing, combatting and responding to peer violence amongst children (committed by children on children). Actions shall focus on supporting victims, perpetrators and/or witnesses of violence, as well as helping parents, professionals in schools, in youth organisations and clubs, in the health and care sectors, etc. to be better equipped to detect and respond to this phenomenon. Actions shall focus on all forms of violence, including online.
The indicative maximum amount earmarked for the co-financing of projects under this call for proposals is estimated at EUR 12 435 000.
The initial duration of the projects should not exceed 24 months.
Activities shall include:
Awareness-raising and empowerment activities;
Capacity-building and training for professionals;
Design and implementation of protocols, development of working methods and tools;
Design, implementation and facilitation of access to specialised support services;
Exchange of good practices, mutual learning.
Priority 1. Preventing gender-based violence
changed attitude and behaviour as regards the issue of gender-based violence (including lower tolerance and decreased victim-blaming) among the general population and particular groups, e.g. relevant professionals, witnesses and bystanders, vulnerable groups;
(early signs of) violence is detected and reported, in particular increased reporting of violence to the police and other services, with appropriate mechanisms in place to facilitate this;
victims’ safety is guaranteed and further violence prevented;
increased likelihood of bystander intervention;
increased capacity of stakeholders and relevant professionals to address issues related to gender-based violence, including through strengthened multi-agency co-operation and tackling of prejudices, gender stereotypes and norms.
Priority 2. Tackling online violence against women
changed attitudes and behaviour as regards the issue of illegal online content targeting women and girls among the general population and particular groups, e.g. relevant professionals, witnesses and bystanders, vulnerable groups;
online violence is prevented before it happens through education about respect and equality;
increased capacity of stakeholders and relevant professionals to address issues related to illegal online content, including through strengthened multi-agency cooperation;
online violence victims’ safety is guaranteed and further violence prevented;
increased reporting of violence to the police and other services, with appropriate mechanisms in place to facilitate this.
Priority 3. Protecting and supporting children, young people and women who are victims (including witnesses) of violence
strengthened support and protection systems for children, young people and women victims or witness of violence – including access to specialised services;
increased awareness among groups at risk, relevant professionals and the general public;
increased capacity of relevant professionals in contact with those affected to address problems deriving from violence (such as mental health issues), in particular increased multi-disciplinary and multi-agency cooperation.
Priority 4. Preventing, combating and responding to peer violence among children
families, education, health and social services sectors are supported to detect, deal with and respond to episodes of violence among children;
capacity-building in preventing and responding to this phenomenon is increased for relevant professionals;
children who are victims, witnesses or perpetrators are empowered to recognise violence, speak about it and report it;
awareness is raised as regards the issue of violence among children;
national child protection systems are strengthened.
List of eligible countries:
Member States of the European Union, including their overseas departments
The Republic of Serbia
Eligibility of the lead applicant (i.e. coordinator) and participants (partners)
The applicant and the partners must be public bodies or private organisations, duly established in one of the countries participating in the programme, or international organisations.
Organisations that are profit-oriented may only submit applications in partnership with public bodies or private non-profit organisations.
Under the REC programme, entities affiliated to a beneficiary and linked third parties are not considered as project participants, unless they are included as partners in the proposal.
Eligibility of the application
The project can be either national or transnational;
The application must be submitted by a partnership, including at least two organisations (applicant and partner) actively involved in the implementation of the proposed action (unless specified otherwise);
The EU grant requested cannot be lower than EUR 75 000. There is no maximum limit.
Note: For applicants and partners established in the UK: please be aware that they must comply with the eligibility criteria for the entire duration of the action for which a grant is awarded. If the UK withdraws from the EU during the grant period without concluding an agreement with the EU ensuring in particular, that UK applicants and partners continue to be eligible, they will cease to receive EU funding (while continuing, where possible, to participate) or be required to leave the project on the basis of the grant agreement.
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