PROJECTS

ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF THE VICTIM SUPPORT EUROPE ORGANIZATION

We attended we the conference “The Bridge over Troubled Water: Celebrating and Strengthening Victim Support” in the organization of the:

  • Association for the support of victims and witnesses &
  • Organisation Victim Support Europe.

The two-day conference was held on Wednesday and Thursday, May 22 and 23, 2024 in Hotel Antunović. We had a good opportunity to participate in this very well-organized annual conference of the organization Victim Support Europe (VSE). It was a major international event that provided participants with a unique opportunity to actively engage in issues related to victims of criminal acts, regardless of the type or identity of the victim, in the European Union and beyond.

Our participation included a presentation on the panel discussion “Enhancing Accessibility in Victim Support”, which was reflected on the second day of the conference. In the panel discussion, we covered the issue of inclusive and effective support for women – elderly victims of domestic violence.

More:

https://www.facebook.com/victimsupporteurope/

https://www.facebook.com/zrtveistevstoci/?locale=hr_HR


NGO “KRUGOVI” AND HOME “DUGA-ZAGREB” PARTNERSHIP IN PROJECT “STAV” – real change starts with me” – 1.1.2022. – 31.12.2022.

We participated in the project as partners with other partners, namely primary and secondary schools, then with the Centers for Social Care in the area of the City of Zagreb and Karlovac County, and in cooperation with the Anzip Center. The contracting authority was the Ministry of Labour, Pension System, Family and Social Policy

The general goal of the project was to provide counseling assistance to victims of domestic violence – by organizing psychological/psychotherapeutic and legal counseling activities. All of the above was carried out by experts at the Counseling Center for Child and Adult Victims of Domestic Violence “Duga-Zagreb” at Ozaljska 93 and Ninska 10 in Zagreb.

Through activities of direct legal and psychological counseling, indirect education of other stakeholders in working with victims of domestic violence, workshops in schools, Association “Krugovi” as the holders of this project acted curatively and preventively on children, direct or collateral victims of domestic violence.

More: https://krugovi.hr/stav-stvarna-promjena-pocinje-od-mene/

NGO “KRUGOVI” AND HOME “DUGA-ZAGREB” – PARTNERSHIP IN THE ‘STAV’ PROJECT 05/1/2023. – 30.04.2024.

The project “Stav” was recognized and accepted for the second time by the Ministry of Labour, Pension System, Family and Social Policy (Contracting Body) and was implemented in partnership with our institution (Home “Duga-Zagreb”), then with Elementary School “Mladost Zagreb”, Hospitality – tourism school Zagreb, the Sesvetska Sopnica Elementary School, and in cooperation with the Center for the Application of Integrated Knowledge Anzip.

The Ministry of Labour, Pension System, Family and Social Policy approved and financially supported the implementation of the project, as part of the Call for applications for projects of associations that provide counseling services for victims of domestic violence and victims of sexual violence in the Republic of Croatia for the year 2023.

The general goal of this project was to provide counseling and psychosocial support to victims of domestic violence. The project activities in which the experts from the “Duga-Zagreb” Home participated were:

  • Psychological and legal counseling
  • Education for experts in working with victims of domestic violence
  • Creation and distribution of leaflets to inform about the work of the counseling center
  • Production and distribution of psycho-educational booklets for users and experts
  • Final conference

The project was recognized by the contracting authority (Ministry of Labour, Pension System, Family and Social Policy) as a high-quality and necessary contribution to the provision of psychological and legal counseling, and funds were approved for the continuation of this activity until August 31, 2024.

More: https://krugovi.hr/stav/


NGO B.a.B.e. and HOME “DUGA-ZAGREB” – working together

01.06.2022. – 31.05.2024.

puSHed – Protect, Understand, Support: Help the Elderly

The puSHed project was implemented by the association BaBe “Be active”. Be emancipated.” in partnership with the City of Zagreb, the “Duga Zagreb” Home and the “Common Path” Foundation, with the support of the Ombudswoman, the Association for Support of Victims and Witnesses and the European Social Network.

The goal of the project is the prevention and suppression of gender-based violence against older women by developing gender-specific responses in providing support to victims and raising the capacity of relevant stakeholders in the protection and support system. Also, the project is aimed at raising the awareness of the general population and improving the community’s response to gender-based violence against older women, which primarily means a greater number of reports of violence and its prevention.

This project resulted in very specific guidelines and a manual that can help in working with victims – women of an older age, and for experts working in homes for the elderly and shelters for victims of domestic violence.

More: https://babe.hr/publikacija/pushed/

puSHEd – Protect, Understand, Support: Help the Elderly

Duration of the project:

24 months (official launch on June 1, 2022)

Goal:

The aim of the project is to prevent and combat gender-based violence against older women by developing gender-specific responses in providing support to victims and raising the capacity of relevant stakeholders in the protection and support system. Also, the project is aimed at raising the awareness of the general population and improving the community’s response to gender-based violence against older women, primarily by increasing the number of reports of violence and its prevention.

The project draws on the Istanbul Convention and aims to promote gender equality and non-discrimination as key European values ​​and fundamental principles for eradicating gender-based violence against older women.

Activities:

Project activities include needs analysis, development of training materials and guidelines for professionals working with older women victims of violence, training for professionals working with older women victims of violence, knowledge sharing activities and examples of good practice as well as awareness-raising activities on the subject matter. All project activities are focused on the needs of victims with special emphasis on the needs in crisis situations such as the COVID-19 virus pandemic.

Project partners:

  • BaBe Association – Be active. Be emancipated. (project leader)
  • Common Way Foundation
  • City of Zagreb

 The project is supported by:

  • Ombudswoman
  • Victim and Witness Support Association
  • European social network

 Total project value: € 208,716.34

Project financing:

The project is funded by the Citizens, Equality, Rights and Values ​​(CERV) program of the European Union.

On June 2, 2022, a kickoff meeting was held attended by representatives of all partner organizations. The meeting defined a plan for the implementation of project activities and the mutual responsibilities of each of the partners within the consortium.


Center for Integration

Duration of the project:

24 months (official launch of the project on May 8, 2020)

Goal:

The aim of the project is to improve the perspective of social inclusion for victims of domestic violence (especially elderly victims of domestic violence), homeless persons and persons with addiction (especially veterans) through the Center for Integration of the City of Zagreb, phase 1 of its development through this project, by integrating the capacities of key stakeholders and the transfer of knowledge and services to underdeveloped counties.

Activities

  • Establishing a number of different social services in the community that include tailored forms of support for individual target groups in order to act on their social integration and economic independence
  • Laying out programmatic and operational foundations for the future Center for Integration at the institutional level
  • Transfer of existing knowledge and work models, as well as those that will be developed by the project, to other areas, where there are also needs for services for these target groups, but the capacity of local stakeholders is underdeveloped
  • Defining standardized social services in a broader sense for these target groups in order to provide support in the integration into society and the labor market
  • Establishing cooperation with CSOs, social welfare institutions and CSW
  • Activities will be implemented in 4 counties – Krapinsko – zagorska, Karlovačka, Osječko – baranjska, Šibensko – kninska, and the City of Zagreb

The role of Dom Duga in the project will be the development of social integration services for shelter users and the development of a new SOS hotline service for elderly victims of domestic violence.

Project partners:

  • City of Zagreb (project leader)
  • Home of Hope – an association to support homeless persons and other socially vulnerable groups
  • Ivan Psychiatric Hospital

Total project value: HRK 1,499,439.10

Project financing:

The City of Zagreb has concluded with the Ministry of Demography, Family, Youth and Social Policy and the Croatian Employment Service, the Office for Financing and Contracting of European Union Projects, a Grant Agreement for projects financed from the European Social Fund under 2014 – 2020. program.

The project started on May 8, 2020, and one of the first activities was a press conference for the purpose of visibility of the Project and a presentation of project activities. This was held on July 9, 2020, on the premises of the City Administration in Zagreb.


Sofija is a project implemented by the Association for the Protection and Promotion of Human Rights “Sofija”, co-financed by the European Social Fund in the amount of HRK 1,420,506.41. The project is implemented in partnership with the association “Blue Phone” and the institution “Home for Children and Adults – Victims of Domestic Violence Duga – Zagreb” for 20 months: from March 2020 to November 2021.

Activities of the national campaign Sofija cover the whole of Croatia and will be held entirely in all counties (21 locations) for two target groups: Activities of the national campaign Sofia cover the whole of Croatia and will be held entirely in all counties (21 locations) for two target groups

  • Unemployed women, victims of violence
  • experts who work with these groups (experts from the Home “Duga-Zagreb” lead these workshops)

Activities are carried out through 3 main components:

  • Social skills improvement workshops: activities in the form of theoretical and practical workshops aimed at developing communication skills, improving assertiveness, and presentation and negotiation skills. Included is education on creating CVs, cover letters and preparing for a job interview, as well as a concise education on using the e-Citizens system, which we consider a useful tool in facilitating opportunities for equal participation in the labour market.
  • Self-defense workshops: Theoretical and practical units with the aim of gaining self-confidence, and self-esteem, establishing psychophysical health and creating preconditions for social inclusion.
  • Training of professionals: networking of sectors working with unemployed and/or abused women, encouraging dialogue, and creating an online platform as a means of direct communication between sectors and beneficiaries.

All of the above is supported by Dom “Duga-Zagreb” as a partner organization in the described project of the Association for the Protection and Promotion of Human Rights “Sofija”.

 

 

ASAP – A Systemic Approach for Perpetrators

Duration of the project:

24 months (official launch of the project is October 1st 2018)

The objective:

The objective is to define and implement a model to integrate intervention methods applied to victims and to perpetrators of gender-based violence, in order to foster an efficient network of prevention and contrast.

Activities:

  • research on working models and legislation in 3 countries (Bulgaria, Croatia and Italy) on services for victims and for perpetrators and their integration;
  • desk research on working models implemented in other EU Member States on the same issue;
  • definition of an experimental operational protocol;
  • testing of the protocol;
  • design and application of an evaluation system to measure the impact of the protocol;
  • design of definitive operational protocol and policy guidelines;
  • dissemination of project activities and results to spread its models.

Partners on the project:

  • Regione del Veneto (Italy) – the organizational unit for international cooperation – the Lead partner
  • Association Naia (Bulgaria)
  • Home for victims of domestic violence Duga-Zagreb (Croatia)
  • Association Una casa per luomo (Italija)
  • BGFR – Bulgarian gender research fundation (Bulgaria)
  • social cooperative Grupo R (Italy)
  • The city of Zagreb (Croatia)
  • WWP Network – work with perpetrators of domestic violence (Germany)

Total project costs:

385.000,00 EUR

Financing of the program:

308.000,00 EUR was funded by the European Unions Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme (2014-2020)

Dom Duga Zagreb participated in the Launch event and Kick off meeting in Venice, hosted by the lead partner, Regione Veneto, from the 5th till the 6th of November 2018.

The goal of the Kick off meeting was to introduce the partners and give each partner a chance to comment on the project activities.

In those two days we defined the project goals on the communication strategy. It was also a chance to ensure a successful delivery of the project.

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