The project concerns the problem of gender-based violence in the Kwidzyn district. In recent years, more than one hundred Blue Cards have been created every year. In almost 40% of cases, domestic violence is emotional abuse – more often it goes unnoticed or unrecognized, or is ignored. The situation deteriorated during the Covid-19 pandemic and a time of social isolation. For a number of years, the Project Promoter operated the Ośrodek Interwencji Kryzysowej/Crisis Intervention Centre and worked with institutions working to prevent violence in Kwidzyn. It therefore realizes that there are gaps in the system. Through the project, the Project Promoter intends to strengthen the local aid system and provide victims of violence with all-embracing support.
Under the project, a group of 15 women who have suffered abuse will be given personal psychological and legal support, and attend group therapy. In addition to the therapy and consultations, workshops will be conducted to improve competencies with respect to knowledge of their rights and budgeting, and other issues. Training on working in the local community and taking one’s own measures will be the last element of the project. In the training, the participants will devise and implement five miniprojects intended for the local community.
These measures are intended above all to provide all-embracing support for women who are victims of abuse – to increase their self-confidence, self-esteem, and sense of agency and influence. Due to training of local female leaders, the number of women involved in community life and who influence local community policy will increase.