European University of Rome, Italy
Title: Danae Project: Integrated protocol for supporting the autonomy of women victims of violence
Biography: Paolo Scapellato
Violence against women is a heinous problem that requires the intervention of politicians, sociologists, doctors, social workers and psychologists. In Italy, as in all of Europe, Anti Violence Centers have been opened by government.
Every woman victim of violence needs legal support and psychological help, the first to understand how to get out of the problem, the other to have the strength to do so. But often there are obstacles that do not derive from psychological fragility, but from a disadvantageous economic condition. Women often do not have jobs or are economically dependent on their partner and therefore a separation would be impossible.
The DANAE project, promoted by the PRAXIS Association of Macerata-Italy and financed by the Equal Opportunities Department of the Council of Ministers of the Italian Government, aims to help women victims of violence find a dignified quality of life, providing full support.
Every woman has legal support, psychological support and the possibility of being housed in a facility for the necessary time; moreover, every woman has the possibility to do professional orientation interviews, thanks to which it is possible to include in a professional training course, in a work placement at local companies or the insertion in a social cooperative to give the possibility to become self-entrepreneur. An appropriate evaluation process demonstrates a correlation between the support received and the perception of self-efficacy of their actions and a correlation between the support received and the levels of self-esteem.