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The PROTASIS project

Unfortunately, there is still a worrying dark figure of violence against women in the EU as elsewhere. As a matter of fact, women seem hesitant to report their victimisation due to the fear of stigmatisation by their relatives and the secondary victimisation by police officers. A recent study by Prof.Artinopoulou, head of the Crime and Criminal Justice Unit and the Gender Issues Unit of the European Public Law Organisation (EPLO) since 2012 and co-director of the RJ4all Institute, has shown that there are many women, which are not satisfied with the way that their victimisation was handled by the representatives of the legal system.

In order to address this issue, Prof.Artinopoulou has initiated the PROTASIS – “Police Training Skills” project. The project is supported by the European Commission, started in 2016 and will run until the end of 2018. It is implemented by a consortium of 6 partner organisations and institutions and 3 associate partners from Greece, Italy, Portugal and the UK. The main objective of the PROTASIS is to train police officers in order to sensitise them to the special needs of female and underage victims, who have experienced violence. The PROTASIS team aims to contribute to the development of a victim-friendly environment that will make victimised women feel heard, respected and understood, and reduce underreporting of violence against women.

The ambition of the PROTASIS project is to reach over 200 police officers who will disseminate the message that every crime and its solution are different and listening carefully to traumatised individuals will lead to increase of the reports about violence against women. So far, the police officers are very positive and keen to participate in the training programmes, which consist of theoretical guidelines and contact details of support services. As Prof. Artinopoulou mentions, the priority of the PROTASIS project is to train police officers to put the needs of female victims first.

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