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					         In 2005-2006 Women’s Issues Information Centre (Lithuania) together with partners from
Talsi Women and Children Crises Center (Latvia), Estonian Women's Studies and Resource Center
(Estonia), Danish Cultural Institute (Lithuania), The NGO for Children exposed to Violence at
Home (Denmark), The Secretariat of the Shelter Movement (Norway) and experts from Equality
and Anti-discrimination Ombud (Norway), Strategy and Interaction (Denmark) and Gothenburg
University (Sweden) implemented project “Notes” – analyzing good practices and developing
cooperation to combat violence against women in 5 Baltic and Nordic countries” financed by the
European Commission’s Daphne II Programme. The “Notes” project aimed to implement
practically the policy of equal rights and opportunities focusing and preventing the violence against
women and children. During the year of common activities the network of active bodies - National
Task Groups (NTGs) including governmental institutions and NGOs - was formed covering 6
Nordic and Baltic countries. NTGs were functioning on national and local levels. The”Notes”
initiative to combat violence against women and children was the first network of NTGs
consolidating all players of the policy building and implementing on the violence issues. The
international conference “Making Violence against Women and Children Visible” that was held on
the 23rd of February in Lithuania was the final event of the project activities. The most important
task of the conference was to attract attention of the general public, service providers and policy
makers to the problem of violence against women and children and begin making decisive steps
towards its solving. The conference provided the possibility to organize the dialogue among service
providers and politicians. Conference resolution was sent to all relevant institutions of Baltic and
Nordic countries that participated in the project.
         Here you can find some photos from the conference and the final report of the project.


              Daphne Programme – Year 2004-

                                    Final Report
                             Project Nr. : JAI/DAP/2004-1/144/WC



Title: “NOTES" - analyzing good practices and developing cooperation to combat violence
against women in 5 Baltic and Nordic countries.

Start Date: April 1, 2005                                    End Date: March 31, 2006

Co-ordinating Organisation’s name: Women’s Issues Information Centre

Contact person:

       Name Jurgita Peciuriene

       Address: Olandu str. 19-2
        Postal code: LT- 01100                         City: Vilnius

        Country: Lithuania

        Tel. N°.: 37052629003                          Fax No.: 37052629050

        e-mail: jurgita@lygus.lt

Partner Organisations’ names and countries:

   1. Talsi Women and Children Crises Center, Latvia

   2. ENUT - Estonian Women's Studies and Resource Center, Estonia

   3. Danish Cultural Institute/Det Danske Kulturinstitut, Lithuania

   4.    The NGO for Children exposed to Violence at Home, Denmark

   5.    The Secretariat of the Shelter Movement, Norway




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 Aims of the project

(In this part, please answer the following questions: What problem did the project aim to address?
Who are the beneficiaries? What was the expected result? If the Commission formulated
conditions / recommendations in its selection letter, how were these fulfilled?)

The aims of the project are the following:

   -   To establish and strengthen networking between the five partners and between service
       providers and other relevant agencies within the partner countries. This in order to improve
       women’s situation in the Baltic and Nordic countries.

   -   To work with capacity building among the relevant agencies and actors.

   -   To raise and develop public awareness on domestic violence in the partner countries.

   -   To influence policy making in the partner countries.




The problems addressed:

Statistics show that domestic violence is a huge problem in the Baltic states. However, there is still
a lack of awareness and acknowledgement of this violence as a serious societal problem, needing
attention. There is also a lack of competence and capacity among service providers in this area.




The beneficiaries are:

Women and children subject to domestic violence, the partners as well as the service providers that
they co-operate and interact with. Further, society in general benefits from the work in the project.




The expected results are:




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   -   To bring about change in attitude in society towards violence against women and children,
       to improve women’s position in Nordic and Baltic countries to exchange experience
       effectively.
   -   To form National Task Groups in the partner countries, consisting of different relevant
       institutions.
   -   To form an international network among the partners and experts from Norway, Denmark,
       Sweden and Finland.
   -   To develop working methods and policy proposals. This will be carried out at the partner
       meetings and at two seminars to be held by each partner in their respective countries.
   -   To improve professional knowledge of involved specialists, to strengthen the capacity of
       institutions providing help for victims of violence and to raise awareness among the
       involved actors.
   -   To produce a manual on good practice and establish an e-network, connecting relevant
       actors.
   -   A number of women and children subject to domestic violence in the participating countries
       will benefit from the work and recommendations. The three new EU countries – Baltic
       States - will gain experience from participating in the Daphne programme.

The application was granted by Commission on the condition that the project should be carried out
within one year and joined by Sweden. As it was not possible to include them as partners we put
into the budget an expert from Sweden. The Swedish expert is Maria Eriksson, a researcher from
Department of Gender Studies of Göteborg University.




Implementation of the project

(In this part, please answer the following points: Amongst the planned activities, outline those that
were implemented. Likewise, outline those that were not implemented and explain the underlying
reasons thereof. Were any unforeseen activities implemented? Did you revise the timetable at any
point and why? Describe the role, the activities and the contributions of every partner.)

The activities carried out:

The project leader and the external experts planned the seminars and meetings through e-mail
communication. Four partners’ meetings were carried out in four countries – Latvia, Norway,


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Estonia and Lithuania. After each partners’ meeting a resume including evaluation were compiled
and distributed among the partners. Between these partners’ meetings, the partners carried out a
number of meetings of their national task groups and two seminars in their respective countries.

At the beginning the electronical network was formed and all partners communicated by e-mails.
During the course of the whole project period the project leader and the external experts have been
in continuos e-mail communication with each other and the partners. The project leader’s role was
to co-ordinate and plan the partner meetings in co-operation with the partners and the experts. The
partners were responsible for formulating their national task groups, for carrying national activities
and for the translation of the manual into their national language. The experts’ role was to provide a
thematic framework, to facilitate and document the partner meetings.


The first partners’ meeting was organised as a kick-off seminar in Talsi, Latvia. This was held 15th
to 18th May 2005. A mutual framework for understanding domestic violence was presented,
discussed and agreed upon. The partners discussed and agreed upon the overall theme: Addressing
domestic violence in preventing the re-victimisation of women and children. Finally, the partners’
and the experts’ roles were defined as well as the rules of group work.

Lithuania decided to address legislation around domestic violence, specifically the restraining
order. Latvia should focus on local co-operation and capacity building of professionals in the Talsi
region. Estonia on general awareness raising in two local areas. Norway on the follow up on ethnic
minority women after their at a shelter in one city. Denmark focused on the impact on fathers’
violence.

The second partners’ meeting was held 30th September to 2nd October 2005 in Oslo, Norway. The
partners reported back on national activities that had been carried out. Furthermore, current issues
in policy and practise in the field of children exposed to violence at home was presented and
discussed. Finally, the partners agreed on the agenda for the next partners’ meeting.



The third partners’ meeting was held 12th to 14th January 2006 in Tallinn, Estonia. The partners
reported back on national activities that had been carried out. The topic “the process on normalising
violence” was presented and discussed. The final conference to be held in Vilnius was discussed
and planned. Finally, the content of the planned manual was discussed.

Project leader advised with experts after each partners’ meeting on project achievements and

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obstacles and planned future actions and meetings.


The fourth and final partners’ meeting was held as a conference and a meeting 23 rd and 24th
February 2006. The conference was attended by 70 people from Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia,
Denmark, Norway and Sweden. Initially it was planned to invite 35 participants, but due to the big
interest from representatives of governmental institutions and NGOs who knew about the project
from project partners and experts and who directly or indirectly responsible for solving the problem
of violence against women and children and recognizing the need to invite more participants for
better knowledge and information exchange, information dissemination and future networking, it
was decided to invite more participants. The opening statements were made by a representative
from the Ministry of Social Security and Labour of the Republic of Lithuania and two members of
the European Parliament (Swedish and Lithuanian). The project leader presented the aims and
activities of the project. The conference was organised around four different workshops -
Cooperation and Coordination,      Bringing Women out of Isolation, the Role of the Media and
National Action Plans on Violence against Women. Each participant could attend two of them.
Concluding the conference was a panel discussion with key persons from the partner countries and
members of European Parliament. The panel discussion focused on future actions and was led by
the head of the Division on Gender Equality from the Ministry of Industry in Sweden.
Representatives of other relevant Daphne II projects were invited to participate at the Conference,
but they could not come because of financial reasons.

An e-network was established and actively used by project partners and experts.

Due to the lack of financial resources Finland was not included in the project.

A public seminar and press conference was held prior to the partner seminar in Estonia on the topic
“Stop Violence against Women” with the invited guests from Tartu and Ida-Virumaa women`s
shelters (crisis centres), Jõgeva and Ida-Virumaa county governments, officials from Tallinn City
Government and the Ministry of Social Affairs, police officers, journalists. This was an unforeseen
activity.

Time-table was revised only regarding the kick-off meeting and partners meetings. These events
were organised one month later than in the original time-table. It was due to the fact, that with late
contract signing and partners’ commitment to other activities, the kick off- meeting was organised 2
weeks later than it was planned and therefore all further meetings were postponed for one month.


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 1. Results and impacts of the project

(In this part, please answer the following questions: Which results were obtained from the
activities described above? How did you evaluate the results? What did you learn from that
evaluation? How were the ultimate beneficiaries involved in the project and in the evaluation of
the results? What are the impacts of the results on beneficiaries and /or other audience?)

Results obtained:

Each partner decided within the overall theme “Addressing domestic violence in preventing the re-
victimisation of women and children” on what focus on within their national context.

      National task groups according to the partners’ plans were established in each partner
       country. Lithuania addressed the legislation on the restraining order among relevant bodies
       and agencies.

      Latvia organised teams of professionals and provided training in co-ordinating and handling
       domestic violence cases.

      Estonia arranged awareness raising seminars in two places. The seminars concluded that
       there is a need for establishing crisis centres in both places. The project forwarded the
       opening one of the shelters in Ida-Virumaa on the 8th of March 2006.

      Norway took action and applied for the funding of a three year project on follow up on
       women after a stay at the crisis centre.

      Denmark planned and raised funding for a film on men’s view on men’s violence in the
       family, including the perspective of the children.


      An international network among the partners and experts from Norway, Lithuania, Estonia,
       Latvia, Denmark and Sweden was established.

      The activities carried out in Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Norway have resulted in
       influencing on local policy and attitude towards domestic violence. In Denmark the film
       being produced will influence national policy.




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      A manual – a strategy for developing a platform for making domestic violence visible and
       for bringing women and children out of isolation has been compiled. The manual worked
       out in English and translated into the five national languages.


      As a result of the above activities a number of women and children subject to domestic
       violence will receive better service and support.


      Nordic Women network has been urged to include the Baltic crisis centres in the network.


      Finally, the three new EU countries have gained experience and expertise from participating
       in the Daphne programme.




How were the results evaluated:


The work and the activities have been continuously monitored and adjusted during the partners’
meetings. The concluding results were evaluated during the final partners’ meeting in Vilnius. The
results were evaluated during second national seminars, during discussions with National Task
Group members.


Lessons learned:


Creating a common framework for a platform for action and for understanding domestic violence is
an ongoing process which takes time. This process cannot be enforced. It has to take its course.
A prerequisite for the success for such a project is the active and committed participation of all the
partners and their intention to work in a team sharing their knowledge and experience. It is
essential to agree on the rules of team work and keep to them and it takes time to develop a shared
thematic language. Also, it takes time to communicate in a foreign language. Finally, maintaining
an ongoing communication between the different activities is extremely important. It was a
successful decision to combine theoretical knowledge in the field of domestic violence that was
provided by the experts in their inspiring presentations with practical discussions of ongoing
situation during partners’ meetings.


Involvement of and impact on the beneficiaries:

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The needs of women and children subject to domestic violence were indirectly brought into the
project by the partners. The service providers were involved in the project through the national task
groups’ activities. The society in general was involved through the public seminar and the final
conference. There was media coverage in Estonia and Lithuania that held public meetings.




 2. Dissemination and follow-up

(In this part, please answer the following questions: How – and to whom - did you disseminate
your results? What are your intentions for further dissemination? What do you think the follow-
up of your project should be? What are your plans to ensure yourself (part of) this follow-up?
How did you ensure the visibility of the European Commission contribution to this project?)

Dissemination:

The project results were disseminated at the final conference. Key persons from all the partner
countries as well as members from the European Parliament were present. In addition, the manual
on developing a platform for work contributes to disseminate the results of the project to relevant
actors and agencies. Similarly, the film will contribute to disseminate the results to a wide public.

The results from this project will be further disseminated in future activities, seminars, meetings
that the partners and experts participate in. Resolution adopted at the final conference was sent to
all partner countries Equality Ministers and Governments, EP members, Nordic Council and Nordic
Council of Ministers and its Offices in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia.

In order to ensure a follow up of the project, the partners have agreed to continue and consolidate
the network that has been established. An application for funding for a three year follow up
networking has been sent to the Nordic Council of Ministers. The partners and the experts plan to
be the core element in this future follow up activities.

During the project period the European Commission has been mentioned and credited at all public
meetings and related activities. All printed material has carried the logo of the Daphne Programme.
Further, both.the manual and the film will credit the European Commission.




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Handbook is put on the project partners’ websites and distributed to local and national NGOs, and
governmental institutions that responsible for combating violence against women and children.
The project offered opportunities for exchange and for a common construction among multisectoral
representatives (NGOs specialized in different and complementary fields of intervention, lawyers,
medical staff and social workers, police staff, social services, municipalities and members of
parliament) both at the level of each of the 5 participant countries and at the transnational level.
Regular contacts in each of the participant countries with the national members of Parliament and
the MEP sensitive to violence issues were established.


 3. Conclusions

(Please sum up in a short paragraph what your project has achieved, its impact on beneficiaries and
what remains to be done. Please bear in mind that this paragraph will be used as the summary
report that the Commission plans to circulate largely via the Daphne web site and other means.
Therefore, ensure that it is concise, right to the point, explicit and attractive.)

Summary

Raising awareness on the issue of domestic violence is the overall focus of the project “Notes” –
analyzing good practices and developing cooperation to combat violence against women in 5 Baltic
and Nordic countries”. Capacity and competence building in professional teams has been developed
and carried out. Methods for the co-ordination and ways of addressing domestic violence have been
challenged. The importance of bringing women subject to violence, out of isolation has also been
affirmed. Finally, the project has contributed to some extent, in moving the issue of domestic
violence from the private sphere into the public debate.




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                                                    ANNEX 1: KEYWORDS

The main purposes of the Daphne Programme are to create networks and to encourage the
exchange of information and best practices. The Commission has therefore set up a database
containing the details of all completed Daphne projects. This database is accessible via the Daphne
page on the EC web site:

http://europa.eu.int/comm/justice_home/funding/daphne/funding_daphne_en.htm

The matrix below allows us to categorise your report according to certain pre-set search words.
Please complete it carefully.

Mark the main areas of action and types of activity listed below which were covered by your
project (respecting the limits mentioned).

Beneficiaries
   Children                                        Young people                                    Women


Specific groups (maximum 2)
   Homosexuals                                     Migrants                                        Refugees
   Asylum Seekers                                  Trafficked Persons                              Ethnic minorities
   Handicapped                                     Domestic workers                                People in prostitution
   Elderly                                         Prisoners

Targeted Audience (maximum 2)
   Violent men                                     Perpetrators / offenders                        Public Authorities
   General Public                                  Medical staff                                   Educational staff
   Police staff                                    Judicial staff                                  Media / Journalists

Daphne II Objectives (maximum 1)

   Set up of multidisciplinary networks            Studies of phenomena linked to violence           Expansion of the knowledge base,
                                                                                                including the exchange of good practice
     Raising awareness among         targeted
audiences towards violence

Specific Objectives (maximum 1)

   Treatment programmes for offenders              Treatment programmes for victims                  Identification and exchange of good
                                                                                                practice and experience
   Mapping surveys, studies and research             Field work with involvement of the            Creation of multidisciplinary networks
                                                beneficiaries
    Training and design of educational              Awareness-raising activities targeted to       Awareness-raising material
packages                                        specific audiences
    Dissemination of the results obtained           Development of activities contributing to
under Daphne I and II programmes                positive treatment

Areas (maximum 3)
   Sexual violence                                 Gender violence                                 Violence in family
   Violence in domestic context                    Violence in schools                             Violence in institutions
   Violence in urban areas                         Violence in rural areas                         Violence in the work place
   Trafficking in human beings                     Commercial sexual exploitation                  Internet
   Child Pornography                               Racism                                          Self-harm
   Physical punishment                             Female genital mutilation                       Health impacts

Instruments (maximum 2)
   Network with NGOs                               Multisector network                             Awareness-raising
   Dissemination of good practice                  Guidelines / Counselling                        Models (analysis / Development)
   Training                                        Production of materials                         Conference / seminar
   Telephone / Internet Helpline                   Field work




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                              ANNEX 2: MATERIALS PRODUCED

Manual “Developing a strategy for making domestic violence visible and bringing women and
children out of isolation”.




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