In large cities such as Warsaw, there is a great deal of anonymity, often victims of violence do not have persons close to them with them, and the only witnesses of violence are neighbors and strangers. Research shows that many people are either indifferent to violence, or do not know how to react when it occurs.
The project aims to combat domestic abuse by increasing public awareness and sensitivity to the problem, and improving the ability of individuals, and institutions as well, to react to violence. The main elements of the measures will be a forum theatre production (interactive performance with active audience participation) intended for the general public, i.e. people who might witness violence. The measures will conclude with a discussion about violence and how people entangled in violence can be helped. There will also be a forum theatre production for members of services and institutions that work to combat domestic abuse, such as the police, social welfare, the healthcare system, and education system. The theatre performances will be combined with training to improve violence combating skills. Almost 100 hours of psychological consultations will be available for witnesses of violence, as well as an information pack for witnesses. These activities will be conducted in Warsaw, but are intended for people who reside or work in Warsaw and the vicinity. A minimum of 250 people will take place in the project, among them 90 members of services. In total, there will be seven theatre performances, four discussions for the general public, and three training sessions for people who deal with combating domestic violence in their work.