Raciąż is a town of several thousand residents which has been shocked by three domestic-abuse-related killings in recent years. The percentage of lower secondary school pupils who have suffered violence is as high as 20%, and of those who have witnessed it – a little higher. The number of reported incidents of domestic abuse and families in the Blue Card system is increasing. The situation deteriorated drastically during the pandemic, but domestic violence continues to be taboo. The project is intended to fill the gaps in the local violence prevention system. This system does not provide awareness-raising measures and does not commence initiatives intended for young people.
The Project Promoter will produce plans for meetings on recognizing and preventing violence, and next will conduct 8 workshops of this kind. A videoblog will be created with videos advising on how to react to violence and where to seek support. An awareness-raising campaign will be conducted in the local media. 15 people who have suffered abuse will receive psychological and therapeutic counselling, and legal advice. Children, young people at school, and adults at risk of abuse will attend 4 therapeutic workshops. Women and girls will also be given self-defense classes. The Project Promoter will provide training for people working in the violence prevention system (for instance at a municipal social welfare center or in the police) and for teachers.
The measures will be useful above all for the residents of Raciąż and the Płońsk district, especially children and young people, and adults who suffer abuse. The project is also intended to enhance the local violence prevention system with respect to communication and cooperation between institutions.
The Municipal Social Welfare Centre will be a partner in the project – this is an institution with the greatest knowledge of the scale of the problem of violence in the region. The partner will help the Project Promoter reach the target group.