Austerity has been tough for many NGOs and the people they want to serve. This certainly counts for NGOs supporting women who have been victims of domestic abuse.
A 2012 report from the European Women’s Lobby found that funding for women’s rights was being drastically reduced, with public bodies and government departments for gender equality and women’s NGOs at all levels struggling for survival.
Figures for current spending on services tackling violence against women are difficult to obtain. But in a 2015 survey by Women Against Violence Europe (WAVE) among organisations in 46 countries, all respondents said their country wasn’t investing enough in this area.
The EU Agency for Fundamental Rights estimates that one in five women in the EU have experienced physical and/or sexual violence from a partner – so-called intimate partner violence (IPV – see section 2.2 of FRA report “Violence against women: an EU-wide survey”.
Euclid Network has facilitated two mutual learning events for leaders of women’s rights NGOs including Sonas and WCK that support victims of intimate partner violence under our WeGO project.
We are working with partners, including WCK and Sonas, to produce European guidelines to enable women’s rights NGOs to help women victims build their economic independence on top of emergency housing and psycho-social support.