Towards the prevention, protection & support of victims & survivors of violence

We encourage community approaches to protect and to better support those who have been victims and/or survived violence and promote new models of practices to tackle violent and abusive behaviours.

* In our work, the term victim typically refers to someone who has recently experienced violence, while the term survivor often refers to an individual who has gone through, is going through or is about to start the process of recovery. For us, it is of great importance on all occasions to use the term(s) with which the individuals feel more at ease.

What?

We strongly believe in the importance of working at three levels:

Prevention

For the prevention of violence (and its repetition) by addressing the needs of different individuals and groups of people who might be at risk of violence.

Protection

On the protection of victims and survivors by informing them about available support services, and providing relevant tools and building capacities of professionals on effective protection measures.

Support

Towards supporting victims and/or survivors, communities, professionals and other actors by documenting, mapping and reporting different support programmes and available opportunities. We also link survivors with relevant services and opportunities, and support in building their competencies for their empowerment.

How?

With a firm belief that it is essential to create safe and protected environments, we work considering the following approaches and ethical principles:

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Non-discrimination

The need to ensure that no one is treated unfavorably or faces negative or prejudicial attitudes due to their personal experiences and/or other characteristics (e.g. sex or gender, ethnicity, age, nationality, cultural differences).

Safety and security

A victims and/or survivor’s safety and security is strongly connected with their physical and psychological well-being. Therefore, healing and re-integration processes should consider relevant assessments to identify what constitutes risks to safety and security in each case.

Empowerment

The process by which victims and/or survivors are equipped with the skills, ability and confidence to draw on their own resources in the recovery process and to lead an autonomous life. Working on empowerment means regaining confidence in their own capacities and abilities fostering one’s sense of autonomy.

Gender and cultural sensitivity

It involves approaching victims and/or survivors, valorising the diverse backgrounds they belong to and considering how their gender, socioeconomic, cultural and linguistic background could affect their lives.

Avoiding re-victimization

Supporting victims and/or survivors of violence is crucial to reduce any risk factors that could lead to feeling overwhelmed and experiencing intrusiveness affecting their healing process and perpetuating their victimisation.

a knowledge and information hub.

Socialhut is a knowledge and information hub collecting experiences, practices and concrete tools linked to prevention of violence in all its forms with a special focus on gender-based violence, to protection and support provision to victims and survivors of violence. We aim to build networks with and among communities, survivors, professionals who are working with them, and those who can provide them with better opportunities.

The hub is for:

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Victims and Survivors of violence

or those at risk as they are at the center of our attention.

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Communities

that host victims and/or survivors or those at risk.

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Professionals

who are working with vulnerable groups and who need to strengthen their capacities.

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Employers

who have opportunities to offer and who are willing to contribute to social change.

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Other organisations

willing to collaborate on the matter and work together to prevent violence, protect and support survivors.

Interactive resources and content

SAFE HUT – Press release

SAFE HUT – Press release

The first press release foregrounds the SafeHut initiative’s goal of creating safe spaces for women and girls (WGSS) as a vital strategy for the protection and empowerment of women and girls who are victims or survivors of trafficking.

SAFE HUT – Newsletter

SAFE HUT – Newsletter

Safe Hut’s newsletter presents the project’s goals and next steps with respect to the empowerment of third-country women and girls exposed to trafficking.

Do you want to be part of this process?

Consult the available resources, find out about current initiatives, or write to us for more information.

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