In the EU, since the age of 15,
1 in 3 women has experienced physical and/or sexual violence.
1 in 2 women have experienced sexual harassment
1 in 20 women has been raped
1 in 5 women has experienced stalking
Yet, very often, mental health services are not available for victims and survivors of violence. Providing women with comprehensive and gender-sensitive mental health services can allow them to take back control of their bodies, sexuality and lives.
At the same time, frontline workers can be overwhelmed by the weight of emotions and might feel disoriented about what to do when facing cases of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV). Supporting them and enhancing their capacities to better cope with the stress generated by their work is crucial to provide quality services to victims and survivors.
The WeToo solution
WeToo is a European project that aims to enable frontline workers and key stakeholders to better cope with the stress generated by working with SGBV cases and to support women survivors and victims of SGBV on their trauma recovery in Greece, Italy, Serbia, Germany and Bulgaria. It is funded by the Rights, Equality and Citizenship (REC) programme of the European Commission.
Who will benefit?
(law enforcement agencies, health and social services’ workers, anti-violence centres’ operators)
Women victims and/or survivors
of sexual and gender-based violence
2 tools to assess stress management
of frontline workers and identify the mental health distress affecting victims and survivors of SGBV will be created
120 frontline workers
will have the opportunity to learn more on stress, mental health distress and trauma related to SGBV during the 5 training courses delivered in Greece, Italy, Serbia, Germany and Bulgaria.
More than 80 women victims and survivors of SGBV
will be empowered to recover from trauma and distress.
More than 100 professionals
will be invited to participate in the exchange of best practices and discuss policy recommendations, with the aim to create working environments that focuses on frontline workers’ stress management and mental health of women survivors and victims of SGBV.
Wide dissemination of information about the structural nature of gender-based violence
and its manifestations, as well as on the stress and trauma that professionals might experience.