The project addressed the problem of increasing gender-based violence in the Płońsk poviat. Raciąż is a town of several thousand inhabitants, which in recent years has been shaken by three murders related to domestic violence. As many as 20% of primary school pupils have experienced violence and even more have witnessed it. The number of reported incidents of domestic violence and families subject to the Blue Card procedure is increasing. The situation worsened dramatically during the pandemic, but domestic violence remains a taboo subject. At the same time, the local system of preventing violence contains gaps, as it does not offer educational activities or initiatives aimed at young people.
As part of the project, the project promotor conducted 8 workshops on recognising and preventing violence for various people – children, youth and adults. Children also took part in 4 art therapy workshops. There was also a video blog created with instructional videos on how to respond to violence and where to look for support. People experiencing violence benefited from individual psychological, therapeutic and legal consultations (80 hours). Two self-defence courses for women and girls were also organised . People working in the violence prevention system (including MOPS, the Police, the Board of Education, the Court teachers took part in dedicated workshops. The project partner was the Municipal Social Welfare Centre, which works with people experiencing violence on a daily basis.
The project was to a large extent preventive and empowering. The activities mainly benefited people living in Raciąż and Płońsk poviat, especially children and young people and adults experiencing or exposed to violence, as well as professionals. Those attending the meetings learned how to recognise and react to violence. A total of 19 people received specific individual support through consultations. The project has undoubtedly complemented the local violence prevention system with preventive and educational activities.