The project" VENUS - Together for a safe life ", a huge step in the fight against violence against women in Romania
Violence against women (VAW) continues to be an alarming phenomenon affecting more and more people, and late legislative developments have, unfortunately, not been able to reduce the number of women who have been assaulted. One of the main problems that lead to the silence of VAW is the economic dependence of victims of aggressors. Thus, it is a fact that women who are subjected to violence and do not have a job are afraid to advertise the plight they sometimes go through daily, and therefore do not leave the home to escape abuses!
Under these circumstances, the state authorities decided to implement a new project dedicated to combating VAW and protecting the affected Romanians. On March 3rd, 2019, the signing ceremony for the project "VENUS - Together for a safe life" for victims of VAW took place. Project is estimated at 11 million euro and it will be funded from European funds, through the Human Capital Operational Programme.
This project will protect affected women, both by offering them housing, providing psychological, legal assistance, reinsertion to the labour market and social reintegration. It aims at the transition of victims of VAW to an independent life through an integrated approach. Thus, the project will finance the creation and development of a network of 42 protected homes across the country in partnership with local public authorities. At the same time, survivors of VAW will benefit from vocational guidance services, vocational training, social and professional insertion, skills development for insertion into the labour market. They will also receive psychological, legal counselling and social assistance.
Nearly 7,000 survivors of VAW will be included in a new government program that will allow them to receive accommodation in social housing and psychological counselling.
Signing the "Together for a safe life" project is a solid premise that thousands of people - women, men and children - will be protected from VAW and will regain their trust and dignity.
The project "VENUS - together for a safe life":
Funded by: Human Capital Operational Program
Value: 11 million euros
Implementation period: 48 months
Over 7,000 supported people:
6,636 victims of domestic violence;
366 specialists in the field of combating domestic violence.