This project addresses the problem of increasing gender-based violence and insufficient support for abused women in the Lubuskie region. Since 2015, the government has been taking measures to withdraw from the Istanbul Convention on Violence in the name of the fight against gender ideology. The Domestic Violence Act is not properly enforced, and the drop in the number of Blue Card procedures being conducted, low crime reporting rate, or lack of competencies of services are just a few examples. One interesting example is the new Isolation Act, which allows an abuser to be removed from premises immediately – in the first few months since it took effect, it has been used in the Lubuskie region only in a few cases. Moreover, for political reasons, the government has stopped funding for some CSOs that assist abused woman professionally.
The Project Promoter will address the shortcomings in the local violence prevention system and provide fee legal advice and psychological and therapeutic counseling for victims of gender-based violence and discrimination. In addition, it will produce and publish a legal newsletter with details of laws, templates for documents, and addresses of support institutions, which will be circulated to institutions fighting violence. Two programs monitoring enforcement of the law, including the violence reporting rate, and enforcement of the Isolation Act will be conducted.
Primarily, women and people experiencing violence and discrimination (600 people) will benefit, who will receive emergency assistance and support in regaining stability. The local violence prevention system will be streamlined and the rate of reporting of violence and completed Blue Card procedures will increase. Institutions fighting violence (municipal social welfare centers – MOPs, Interdisciplinary Team, police) will improve their knowledge of perpetrator isolation procedures.