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Reducing the risk of experiencing domestic violence in the refugee / migrant community

Project Promoter: Fundacja HumanDoc
Proposal: 2nd thematic call
Co-financed from the program: 112 100,71 EUR
Partners: Stiftelsen alternativ til vold (Norway)
Duration time: 01.11.2022-01.11.2023

In this project, we are tackling violence in the families of refugee and migrant women who have arrived in Poland from different countries, especially from Ukraine. Migrants and refugees are in a bad psychological state, have a history of traumatic experiences, feel a lot of pressure and often suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder. These are factors that can trigger domestic violence. In the host country, these persons are also at risk of violence from others. People from Ukraine who have arrived in Poland live both in centres run by the state and in private homes that have not been verified by any institutions. During the first days of migration, the media reported cases of violence experienced by refugee women from people who initially offered them help.

The aim of the project is to prevent violence in the families of refugee and migrant women, to provide protection for refugee and migrant women and to support Polish institutions operating in this area. As part of the project, we have set up 6 support clubs run by female refugee and migrant leaders. We are conducting a campaign targeting refugee and migrant women, where educational materials in their native languages are elaborated. We are developing a guide for Polish institutions assisting people experiencing domestic violence. We help refugee and migrant women to develop their competences and gain knowledge about their rights and possibilities to protect themselves from violence. We also want to improve the quality of services provided by Polish institutions dealing with the provision of support to refugee and migrant women and the prevention of domestic violence.