This project addresses the issue of violence towards the elderly, especially women, in the Zbrosławice municipality. The violence is usually perpetrated by those close to them, family, and carers. Dependent people are neglected, and also abused financially, mentally, physically, and sexually. The pandemic exacerbated the problem – in 2020, 31 Blue Cards were created, and 30% of victims were women over 60. Meanwhile, the subject of violence is still taboo. Abused people are not aware of this – especially where the abuse is of a financial or mental nature. Meanwhile, there are many shortcomings in the local violence prevention system; there are no women’s support groups, measures to help the elderly, or conduct social campaigns.
The Project Promoter wishes to address the shortcomings by proposing emergency call, information, diagnostic, or for instance advocacy measures. Elderly women at risk of violence will be given free psychological counseling and legal advice. They will attend five workshops on human rights and violence, five relaxation workshops, support groups, and five self-help groups. For people working in CSOs, the police, and local government working to combat violence, the Project Promoter will hold training and start an institution partnership. These measures will be accompanied by a campaign on violence, and the support provided.
The project will primarily benefit women aged over 60 at risk of violence (approximately 50 people), who will learn to recognize violence and be given appropriate support. People working in violence prevention institutions (30 people) will enhance their competencies in working with violence victims and elderly women, and this will include the Blue Card procedure. This will increase the quality of the support provided under the municipal violence prevention program.