Since November 2020, the partners of the Erasmus+ Activ project – Acting & Collaborating to Tackle Intimate Violence – have been working together to develop tools to promote the socio-professional reintegration of women confronted with domestic violence. On March 31 and April 1, 2022, the partnership met in Paris to take stock of the project, the opportunity to present to you the progress of our work!

Why ?

According to a 2014 study conducted by the European Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), one in three Europeans faces gender-based violence and more than one in five Europeans (a) faces domestic violence. This violence and discrimination are structural, based on a relationship of domination, and are reproduced again and again in society and its institutions. It is important to engage in making visible and stopping this phenomenon. For several years now, the debate has moved out of the private sphere and companies are beginning to get involved at their level and in their own way. Raising awareness among employers, training employees, and making employment a vector of emancipation: this is the path chosen by the partners of the Activ project to fight against domestic violence.

Doing what ?

Last October, we presented the guide “For a successful return to work for women facing domestic violence” which gives an overview of the legal framework surrounding the issue, highlights inspiring practices to promote socio-professional reintegration and employment of victims of violence, and proposes a framework of common indicators facilitating mutual understanding of the actors involved in the re-employment process. Subsequently, hackathons were organized in Belgium, Spain, in France and Romania in order to present the guide, and to interview front-line actors and women confronted with violence in our reflection on the tools to be developed.

Next steps ?

Currently, the partners are building an integration path which is outlined in 5 stages (raising awareness, meeting essential needs, remobilizing, defining a socio-professional project, follow-up & communication), identifying in each of them the objectives, challenges and resources for the field workers and enterprises. The objective is to increase collaboration and synergies between the socio-professional integration sector and employers to make employment a vector of lasting emancipation for women confronted with domestic violence. Want to participate in the process? Would you like more information about this project? Contact us!