Victims of Violence (Torture, Sexual and Gender Based Violence, Trafficking, etc.)

GCR aims to ensure that people in need of international protection, such as victims of racial and gender violence, victims of domestic violence, victims of trafficking and other forms of exploitation, survivors of racist violence or other hate crimes, receive the protection enshrined in national, regional, European and international human rights conventions, legal acts and relevant protocols.

People who leave their country out of necessity, seeking protection in Europe, are very often victims of systematic violence in their country or during their journey or even while they stay in Greece. The levels of violence and harassment are many and usually go unnoticed. GCR offers specialized services aiming at holistic support on all levels of the needs each person might have.

For victims of torture, in particular, a group of expert lawyers and social workers from GCR work closely with a team of specialized doctors from “Doctors Without Borders” (MSF) and psychologists from the organization “Babel” to deal with trauma and help survivors.

For victims of sexual and gender based violence (SGBV), a multidisciplinary group of professionals receives referrals from other institutions, visits accommodation facilities and serves a dual purpose: to inform people on their rights and protect victims with necessary interventions, in order to support beneficiaries. In addition to Attica, specialized intervention teams operate in Ioannina and Lesvos.

Running

Pathways

Period of implementation:

01/11/2018 - 30/10/2020

Partners:

ASSOCIATIONS DELLA CROCE ROSSA ITALIANA - ODV

ASSOCIATIONS CNOS-FAP REGIONE PIEMONTE (CNOS-FAP)

SAVE THE CHILDREN ITALY ONLUS ASSOCIAZIONE (SC IT)

THE SNOWDROP PROJECT (Snowdrop)

THE BRITISH RED CROSS SOCIAL ROYAL CHARTER (BRC)

ECPAT UK (ECPAT UK)

Place of implementation:

Athens

Goals:

The Pathways project aims to support women, young people and children who have been victims of trafficking and to help reintegrate them into society. This project is the result of strong co-operation between organizations working on 'front line' response to survivors from three European countries Italy, the UK and Greece and funded by the EU AMIF program.

a) Improving the integration of children, young people and women of third country nationals with confirmed and unconfirmed trafficking victims.

b) Developing skills for professionals supporting children and young victims of trafficking.

c) Skills development and training of professionals to support trafficking victims at both national and European level.

Results:

In total, the project will support 222 people with social or legal services.

80 people will receive specialized support,

35 will be supported with accommodation

20 women will receive vocational counseling and training

300 'front line' professionals will be trained to better respond to the methodology of identifying potential victims to be developed by the project partners.


Provision of services to victims of torture

Implementation Period:

January 2015 – December 2020

Administrator:

Greek Council for Refugees

Countries of implementation:

Greece

Funded by:

United Nations Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

Goals:

The project aims to enhance exclusively victims of torture and their family members. The execution of the project is complementary in nature within the Rehabilitation Centre for Victims of Torture of the GCR.

Actions:

  • Strengthening the provision of rehabilitation services to victims of torture
  • Assessment of victims of torture by professionals
  • Strengthening the legal protection of torture victims

Results:

(a) a detailed recording of 50 cases at the Rehabilitation Centre;

(b) the preparation of 50 personalised recovery plans;

(c) the provision of legal services to 30 victims of torture.

Completed

Co-Creating a counselling method for refugee women GBV victims

Implementation Period:

01/11/2017 - 31/10/2019

Funded by:

European Commission/[Justice Programme (2014-2020) / [Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme (2014-2020)]

Place of implementation:

Athens-Thessaloniki

Aim:

The project’s general aim is to inform, support and encourage women, SGBV victims, who are refugees or asylum seekers, by improving their access to legal and psychosocial services provided by specialized professionals (lawyers, psychologists, social workers and interpreters).

 

 

 

You can find the manual for counseling women asylum seekers and refugees, victims of gender-based violence, the project training manual in Greek and English, the manuals in all the languages ​​of the partners , which implemented the program (German, English, Finnish, Greek, Italian, Croatian) as well as the program brochure in the languages ​​of  beneficiaries (Amharic, Arabic, English, Farsi-Dari, French, Kurdish-Sorani, Kurmanji, Lingala, Oromo, Pastou, Somali, Tigrinya in Central, Turkish and Urdu) link the program is available here https://www.solwodi.de/seite/353264/eu-projekt-ccm-gbv.html.

 

Handbook on counselling asylum seeking and refugee women victims of gender-based violence

Training manual  on gender-based violence against refugee asylum-seeking women

 

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The project is funded by the Justice Programme (2014-2020)/ Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme [2014-2020] of the European Union.


Providing legal and psychosocial assistance to victims of gender-based violence

Implementation Period:

1/9/2017 - 31/12/2017

Partner:

UNHCR

Place of implementation:

Athens

Goals:

To provide legal and psychosocial assistance to survivors of sexual and gender-based violence.

Actions:

  • A lawyer, a social worker, a psychologist and 2 cultural mediators provide assistance from the GCR headquarters

  • A lawyer, a social worker, a psychologist and 2 cultural mediators assist with regular visits to temporary accommodation centers.

Results:

Legal and psychosocial assistance to victims of sexual and gender-based violence

Psychological and psychiatric support

Implementation Period:

1/1/2016 - 31/12/2016, 1/1/2017 - 31/7/2017

Partner:

UNHCR

Place of implementation:

Athens

Goals:

To provide psychological and psychiatric support to vulnerable individuals identified by the GCR’s teams who have a permanent presence in temporary accommodation centers, through referrals to the Babel Day Care Center.

Actions:

  • The Babel Co-operative Day Center, in collaboration with the GCR, provides psychological and psychiatric support to beneficiaries who reside in Athens centers on a permanent basis, through specialized staff.

  • Meetings are held with the staff of the temporary accommodation centers for their psychological support.

Outcomes:

Recognition of vulnerable cases and provision of psychological and psychiatric support.

Program for the Rehabilitation of Survivors of Torture “Prometheus”

 

Περίοδος υλοποίησης:

Ιούνιος 2017- Μάιος 2018

Χρηματοδότης:

Ίδρυμα Σταύρος Νιάρχος

Στόχοι:

Ο αριθμός των αιτούντων άσυλο και προσφύγων που ταυτοποιούνται ως επιβιώσαντες βασανιστηρίων αυξάνεται συνεχώς, συνεπώς αντίστοιχα, αυξάνονται και οι ανάγκες για παροχή υπηρεσιών ολιστικής αποκατάστασης από εξειδικευμένους επαγγελματίες. Για το λόγο αυτό, ομάδα δικηγόρων και κοινωνικών λειτουργών, παρέχουν νομική συνδρομή (σε όλα τα στάδια της διαδικασίας του ασύλου) και συμβουλευτική (για κοινωνικά κι ενταξιακά θέματα), με γνώμονα τόσο τις ιδιαίτερες ανάγκες των ατόμων που έχουν υποστεί βασανιστήρια στη χώρα καταγωγής τους, όσο και τις ιδιαίτερες ικανότητες και τη δυναμική τους.

 


Period of implementation:

June 2017- May 2018

Partner:

Stavros Niarchos Foundation

Goals/Activities:

At the number of asylum seekers and refugees identified as survivors of torture is constantly increasing, the corresponding need for holistic rehabilitation services by specialized professionals is also increasing. For this reason, a team of lawyers and social workers provide legal assistance (at all stages of the asylum process) and counseling (for social and integration issues), taking into account both the particular needs of people who have been tortured in their country of origin, as well as their special skills and dynamics.

PROMITHEAS II: Boosting the Rehabilitation of Torture Victims in Greece

Partners:

1)SYN-EIRMOS AMKE

2)Center for Trauma Asylum and Refugees - University of Essex

3)REDRESS

Social Partners: Human Rights Foundation of Turkey

Country:

Greece

Support:

Pilot project on Victims of Torture / EU Commission DG Home Affairs

Goals:

Further specialization of the Torture Victims Rehabilitation Unit,

Strengthening Greece's ability to provide integrated services to victims of torture,

Social awareness of the special needs of the victims of torture.

Actions:

  • Assessment of educational needs and development of educational program,

  • Professional training,

  • Awareness and information material,

  • Providing services to victims of torture,

  • Training in the evaluation of alleged torture victims,

  • Distribution of results,

  • Website maintenance,

  • Monitoring and Evaluation of the Rehabilitation Process.

Results:

As a result of this project, Greece will acquire a pool of trained personnel capable of identifying, evaluating, providing support, advising, rehabilitating and assisting victims of torture so that they can be integrated into society.

Second, victims of torture will gain access to a unit of graduate professionals and a variety of free services that address their mental, medical, socio-economic and legal problems.

As this is the only effort to provide torture victims services in Greece right now, this project will have a significant impact on the lives of the torture victims who receive this assistance.

For more information visit Prometheus website: http://www.projectprometheus.gr/

Time for Needs: Listening, Healing, Protecting

Period of implementation:

December 15, 2015 - August 2017

Partner:

ITALY: CIR Leading Agency - http://www.cir-onlus.org/it/

GERMANY: the BZF - http://www.bzfo.de/

FRANCE: FTDA - http://www.france-terre-asile.org/

MALTA: ADITUS - http://aditus.org.mt/

GREECE: GCR - http://www.gcr.gr/index.php/en/

PORTUGAL: CPR - http://www.cpr.pt/

BELGIUM: ECRE - http://www.ecre.org/

Implementation Countries:

Italy, France, Germany, Greece, Malta, Portugal, Belgium

Goals:

1. Exchange of Knowledge on the laws and practices in the 6 participating countries on recognition, procedural guarantees and reception facilities in relation to target groups and identify possible gaps between EU Directives. and national laws. 2. Promoting the exchange of information between the participating organizations and among them and other bodies, including asylum, and identifying practices related to the procedures for evaluating and meeting the specific needs of the target group. 3. Improve the specific competences of key stakeholders involved in assessing the specific needs of the target group. 4. Promote common criteria and methods for assessing procedural and host vulnerabilities. 5. Improve the level of procedural guarantees and personalized reception services for the target group, through the development of indicators and tools, the exchange of good practice and support actions. 6. Raising awareness of the specific needs of survivors of torture and the related obligations of EU Member States.

Actions:

6 national research reports in participating countries produced by each organization (except ECRE)

36 focus groups with final beneficiaries organized - 6 in each of the countries involved - 5 to 10 participants in each focus group depending on the country characteristics

72 qualitative interviews (semi-structured questionnaire) with asylum authorities, stakeholders, staff working in specialized services for victims of torture and extreme violence and in reception centers - 12 in each of the countries involved, - 6 expert meetings (with direct and final beneficiaries) - 1 in each of the countries involved - 8 participants in each meeting - final edition contains the collection of best practices and common core standards produced and disseminated (in English with summaries in national languages ​​+ electronic format)

A European conference in Brussels - 80 participants

- 6 defense materials (toolkit / booklet) - 1 in each country involved produced (in each national language)

- 16 Meetings / Roundtables with stakeholders, institutions and policy makers organized by the partner organization

- 5 national awareness events

Participation in 5 national NGO conferences / meetings with asylum authorities presenting project results, -1 short web video produced as an awareness raising product that will collect stories of refugees / asylum seekers involved in research work and Pilot Initiative.

Results:

A gender-focused approach will be adopted to develop the tools, through the active involvement of the final beneficiaries throughout the project related to torture, forced migration, psychosocial consequences of traumatic experiences that occurred in the country of origin, transit or while traveling to Europe among direct beneficiaries, as well as the general public in European host societies. In addition, these activities will lead, where necessary, to legislative and / or administrative and structural changes in the Member States in order to better identify specific needs.

PROMITHEAS: Identification and Rehabilitation of Victims of Torture in Greece

Date:

February 2013 - September 2014

Collaborators:

SYN-PEACE ”NGO of Social Solidarity

Rehabilitation and Research Center for Torture Victims (RCT)

Country:

Denmark and Greece

Category:

CFP Pilot Program for the Victims of Torture 2011

Goals:

Increasing the capacity of professionals who come into contact with torture victims

Establishment of a rehabilitation unit that assesses the situation of victims of torture and provides psychological support, social rehabilitation and legal advice

Improving the knowledge of the stakeholders about the need for rehabilitation services for torture victims in Greece.

Actions:

  • Creation and Adoption of a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP),

  • Assessment of educational needs and development of educational program,

  • Professional training,

  • Creating a Database,

  • Awareness and information material,

  • Providing services to victims of torture,

  • Training in the evaluation of alleged torture victims,

  • Distribution of results,

  • Website creation,

  • Monitoring and Evaluation of the Rehabilitation Process,

  • Professional Supervisor provides staff support

Results:

As a result of this project, Greece will acquire a pool of trained personnel capable of identifying, evaluating, providing support, advising, rehabilitating and assisting victims of torture to integrate into society.

Second, victims of torture will gain access to a unit of graduate professionals and a variety of free services that address their mental, medical, socio-economic and legal problems

 

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