The project LOOK WIDE focuses on developing a working method to support LGBTI victims of gender-based violence by integrating gender and sexual diversity into the work of professionals and services working with victims of gender-based violence.

LGBTI victims of gender-based violence (GBV) in the EU do not receive adequate support, resulting in the violation of their rights. The Victims’ Rights Directive (2012/29/EU) defines GBV as violence “directed at a person because of that person’s gender, gender identity or gender expression”. Gender, gender identity or expression and sexual orientation are also considered personal characteristics that should be taken into account in individual assessments of victims’ risks. Despite this binding obligation, Member States have not developed enough support services for victims of GBV which take into account the specific circumstances of LGBTI victims. 

Support services are mainly directed to cisgender heterosexual women. Sexual diversity is not integrated in the working approaches of shelters and psychological, legal and career counselling services and, as a result, LGBTI people do not go to these services; or, when they do, they do not receive services adapted to their needs. 

Other forms of GBV, such intimate partner violence or sexual violence against LGBTI people, among others, are seldom addressed and the few existing services only deal these partially, focusing only on same-sex relationships or specific target groups (e.g. LBT women); thus other LGTBI groups (trans men, intersex people) cannot rely on these support networks. On the whole, there is a lack of a comprehensive approach to GBV. 

These deficiencies in support services and intervention professionals violate the rights of many EU citizens. Several studies on the experiences of violence of LGTBI people due to their gender identity or expression show a high prevalence rate. According to the FRA Survey in 2014, 6% of LGBT people in the EU had been physically or sexually attacked or threatened with violence because they had been perceived as LGBT, and 19% had been harassed in the previous 12 months for this same reason. Research on intimate partner violence in same-sex relationships and especially violence against LBT women show high prevalence rates that are both invisible at the public level and a taboo issue both in LGTBI communities and women’s CSOs. 

LOOK WIDE! addresses this gap by encouraging key stakeholders involved in victims’ support services to take a wider approach to GBV and non-discrimination so that the rights of LGBTI victims are fully guaranteed. The project tackles the need to develop practical guidelines for the integration of gender and sexual diversity in the support services for LGBTI victims of violence, the training of professionals in the field of GBV and anti-discrimination services and the development of specific support programmes adapted to the needs of different LGBTI victims in specific local contexts. 

Partners conduct national and EU level assessments of the situation of LGBTI victims of GBV and the work of professionals; form national advisory networks and organize International mutual learning events; develop and conduct capacity-building programmes for professionals and support programmes for LGBTI victims of GBV; and disseminate guides and the results of their work. 

Partners in the project are: 

Differenza Donna, Italy, an association founded in 1989 with the goal of exposing, combating, preventing and overcoming gender-based violence.

Dissens, Germany, an educational, counselling and research institution operating since 1989.

Háttér Society, Hungary, an LGBTI organization founded in 1995, providing support services, exploring the situation and needs of LGBTQI people and mainstreaming these concerns in laws and public services.

KMOP, Greece, an organization founded in 1977, working to support disadvantaged groups by solution-oriented and knowledge-based interventions that are crucial to fostering resilience.

Fundació SURT, Spain, an association working from 1993 to make the economic, social and cultural rights of women effective and to eradicate all forms of discrimination on the basis of gender.

INFORMTAION ON PARTNERS IN NATIONAL LANGUAGES

Surt és una fundació feminista amb seu a Barcelona que treballa amb dones i per a dones des de 1993.

Surt aposta per les dones en l’esforç de construir una societat amb igualtat de gènere I lliure de violència de gènere. El treball de Surt se centra en donar suport a l’apoderament de les dones, fomentar la seva autonomia i lideratge. Per aconseguir-ho, Surt treballa en els camps següents: apoderament econòmic, empoderament personal, empoderament basat en la comunitat i coneixement i defensa.

Surt  té una àmplia experiència en investigació i intervenció en violències de gènere.

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Differenza Donna è un’ Associazione che da trenta anni lavora con l’obiettivo di far emergere, conoscere, combattere, prevenire e superare la violenza di genere. Gestisce Centri Antiviolenza, Case rifugio e servizi specializzati di supporto nelle strutture sanitarie per donne vittime di violenza. Per Differenza Donna la discriminazione e la violenza nei confronti delle donne sono un fenomeno sociale diffuso e complesso, che solo competenze specifiche possono combattere con efficacia; è per questo che vanta al suo interno un gran numero di professionalità: psicologhe, psicoterapeute, assistenti sociali, medici, educatrici, avvocate, etc. tutte attive nel progetto comune di combattere la violenza di genere.

DD è parte di WAVE – Women Anti Violence Europe, Picum – Platform International for Undocumented
Migrants, ed ha lo Status consultivo presso l’ ECOSOC – United Nations Economic and Social Council.

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Das Dissens Institut für Bildung und Forschung e.V. ist eine gemeinnützige NGO, die Beratungs-,Bildungs- und Sozialforschungsdienste anbietet. Die Hauptziele der 1990 in Deutschland gegründeten Organisation ist die Förderung der Gleichstellung der Geschlechter durch Förderung nichttraditioneller Formen der Männlichkeit, Infragestellung binärer Geschlechterkonstruktionen, Reduzierung der Hierarchien zwischen den Geschlechtern und die Prävention von geschlechtsspezifischer Gewalt. Diese Ziele werden verfolgt durch Aktivitäten in den Bereichen Jugendhilfe, Erwachsenenbildung sowie wissenschaftlicher Arbeit. Dissens agiert auf nationaler und europäischer Ebene und hat sich an europäischen Projekten und Netzwerken beteiligt und/oder solche koordiniert.

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A Háttér Társaság Magyarország legnagyobb és legrégibb jelenleg is működő leszbikus, meleg, biszexuális, transznemű, queer és interszexuális (LMBTQI) civil szervezete. Célunk a szakmai és politikai közvélemény, valamint a tágabb társadalom figyelmének felhívása az LMBTQI emberek problémáira; az őket segítő szolgáltatások működtetése; az LMBTQI emberek társadalmi helyzetének, szükségleteinek megismerése; ezen szempontok érvényesítése a közszolgáltatásokban; az LMBTQI emberek jogainak védelme, hátrányos megkülönböztetésük elleni fellépés; jólétük, egészségtudatosságuk növelése; az LMBTQI közösségek önszerveződésének támogatása, kultúrájuk ápolása, megismertetése.

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Το ΚΜΟΠ είναι ένα Κέντρο Κοινωνικής Δράσης και Καινοτομίας με περισσότερα από 40 χρόνια συσσωρευμένης εμπειρίας στην παροχή υπηρεσιών σε μειονεκτούσες ομάδες.  Ιδρύθηκε και λειτουργεί με σκοπό τη στήριξη ατόμων που απειλούνται από κοινωνικό αποκλεισμό και περιθωριοποίηση, την παροχή ολοκληρωμένων υπηρεσιών για την κοινωνική και επαγγελματική επανένταξη ανέργων και ατόμων που ανήκουν σε ευπαθείς κοινωνικά ομάδες, την ανάπτυξη υποβαθμισμένων περιοχών, την επιστημονική έρευνα και την παροχή τεχνογνωσίας σε θέματα κοινωνικής πολιτικής.