According to police statistics, in 2019 more than 88 000 people were victims of violence, of whom more than 65 000 were women. According to Women’s Rights Center (Centrum Praw Kobiet) studies, between 400 and 500 women are killed in Poland each year through violence. Women subjected to violence from their partners are not seen and not heard publicly. The voices of women who extricate themselves from violent relationships are not heard by women who remain in such relationships, and therefore they are not inspired by examples of those who have survived. We have frequently encountered women who escape violence and state that they are willing and that there is a need to help others, to share experiences, educate, and change the system.
The aim of the project is to help female victims of gender-related violence and include in these measures women who have managed to escape that violence.
We will set up a support center for female victims of abusive relationships (psychological and legal aid). For women who have extricated themselves from abusive relationships to be able to become involved in helping others, and, more broadly, in the fight against the problem of abuse, we will invite them to attend training and psychological and legal workshops. On an internship, as volunteers, they will provide assistance with help from mentors (psychologist, lawyer). In addition, by way of our website they will be able to publicize the issue of abusive relationships and explain the complexity of experiencing abuse by working to prevent victims being victimized twice. During the entire project, we will encourage participants to take part in a public campaign and form their own initiatives, to make them become true self-advocates.
In total, 58 people will be given psychological and legal assistance. 12 women will be given training and attend workshops. We expect 10 of them to join as volunteers at the online help center.