Creation of a system to protect the elderly who are victims of violence
human rights
City (headquarters):
Voivodeship (headquarters):
01-02-2021 - 31-03-2023
Project cost:
74 890,00 EUR
74 890,00 EUR
Types of activities:
social actions and campaigns, educational activities
Target groups:
society, elderly, health professionals

The project addressed the problem of violence against senior citizens. The scale of this phenomenon is large, yet the level of awareness of the problem is low both senior citizens and those around them. The research shows that the most common form of violence against people 65+ is psychological and economic violence, although there are also cases of physical and sexual violence. 17.3 per cent of respondents perceived cases of elder abuse within their own family and 42.7 per cent perceived it outside their family (PAN, 2015). Most of those who were aware of cases of this type of violence did not react and did not intervene. The system for counteracting family violence in Poland, based on the Act on Counteracting Violence in the Family, the Blue Cards Procedure and the Interdisciplinary Teams for Counteracting Violence, is ineffective and inadequate for working with the elderly. Gaps include the lack of relevant legislation, non-application of procedures, insufficient cooperation of services, lack of involvement of health care personnel in the Blue Card procedure.

The project carried out a number of activities targeting different groups in society. A Polish language version of the Canadian Elder Abuse Risk Assessment Tool (EASI) with procedure was prepared, and an original tool, the Elder Abuse Risk Assessment Form (FORP) with procedure, was developed and adapted to the specificities of the Polish violence prevention system. Both tools were tested on a group of 300 people in health care facilities. A package of materials for hospitals and clinics was also produced, including forms with procedures, a training video for doctors and educational materials for senior citizens. Project Promoter conducted a review of the legal solutions for preventing violence against seniors and senior citizens in 4 countries – the Czech Republic, Germany, the United Kingdom and Poland – and then prepared a report with proposals for changes in the Polish system. The report was sent to experts and central institutions. A nationwide public campaign on violence against the elderly was also conducted. One of the project’s components were intervention activities – more than 100 consultations on violence cases were provided and 45 people were intervened against.

The project targeted doctors, senior citizens, their environment, as well as government and local government institutions and the general public. The most important results were the development of systemic tools for the protection of senior citizens at risk of violence and increased public awareness of the problem. In addition to the Polish version of the EASI with a procedure, a new, original tool was developed with a procedure and a whole package of materials for health care workers and senior citizens, adapted to the Polish specificity and the Polish system of counteracting violence. Thanks to conferences, publications in the media and a nationwide public awareness campaign, the topic was brought to public awareness, including in the medical community.

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The organisation received an additional grant of EUR 10 000,00, under the Stronger Voice call, for the dissemination of the products and results achieved in the implemented project.

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