VOAW works on this two and half year (2020-2022) project, together with the expertise centre Pharos and financed by Zon Mw. This project aims to expand, research and describe VOAW’s method in order to be able to share the method and support more women who are (potential) victims of seksual and gender based violence.
This project aims furthermore to look for more cooperation with professionals in Rotterdam who are concerned with sexual and gender based violence. Pharos and VOAW will develop a learning activity for 8 (health) professionals in the region of Rotterdam Rijnmond. The goals of the project are:
- Prevention of psychological damage as a result of sexual and gender-based violence.
- Reducing the risk of (recurrence of) sexual and gender-based violence.
- Increasing the knowledge and intercultural skills of (healthcare) professionals who provide support to women who are victims of sexual and gender-based violence.
- Improved access and more appropriate healthcare and support for these women.
The (online) training for (healthcare) professionals took place in the spring of 2021. During two days, the professionals were educated in the topic sexual violence among refugee women and learned about culture-sensitive working.
The first of these training sessions have already taken place and the participating professionals also received feedback from VOAW trainers on culture-sensitive working. The first two series of group meetings with the women in Rotterdam started in June and concluded in July. The last two series, with participants from Ridderkerk, will start in August and will be completed in September. After completion of the meetings, customized aftercare is provided by the trainers and volunteers of VOAW. Again, those present professionals get feedback again.
In addition, the research into the effect of the methodology is ongoing. The data collection started with individual interviews with healthcare professionals and participants. The interviews with the trainers are planned. The first focus group is also with participants (in the form of a PLA meeting) and the second focus group is planned after the completion of the series in September. A follow-up focus group is planned for both groups, four to six months later.
Finally, we have been developing the methodology description with input from all of the above and we will soon start with the preparations for the final conference scheduled for 2022.
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