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Programme from the European
The Daphne Programme (2000-2007), a four-year multiannual programme of community action on preventive measures to fight violence against children, young people and women, grew out of the Daphne Initiative, which ran from 1997 to 1999 on an annual basis.
The Initiative arose as part of the European Commission's response to growing concern about violence aimed against children, young people and women in Europe. Its remit was wide: to facilitate, through a funding line of 11.8 million ECU over the course of the Initiative, NGO and multisectoral action. Violence was understood in the widest possible sense, from sexual abuse to domestic violence, from commercial exploitation to bullying in schools, from trafficking to discrimination-based violence against disabled, minority, migrant or other vulnerable people. In 1997, the Daphne Initiative funded 46 projects, in 1998 49, and in 1999 54 projects were approved for funding.
With the introduction of the Daphne Programme (2000-2003), the remit of possible activity has widened in three principle areas: a wider group of organizations is eligible to submit applications for funding; the geographical coverage is extended; projects may now run for more than one year. Fuller details of these new elements, as well as of both general and specific annual criteria, are available in the section General aims and annual priorities.
A call for proposals is published each year, usually in March, in the EC Official Journal. Organizations wishing to apply for funding under the Daphne Programme should request an Application Form and Guidelines for Applicants . Successful projects are normally announced in September or October each year. Project sponsors are encouraged to share information on their work, and this is promoted through an informal newsletter, Daphne News.
Final reports are submitted within three months of the end of the project. Copies of these reports are included in the Daphne project database. This is a useful resource to all those working in the fight against violence against children, young people and women, and is an essential reference for organizations preparing projects for funding. Press releases related to the Programme and other official announcements are accessible in the News and Updates section of this site.
You will also find useful links to other partners on this site.
European campaign to raise awareness on violence against women
Domestic violence exists in all countries and across all social classes. It may be something that happens behind closed doors, but it is clearly a problem for society as a whole.
The European campaign to prevent violence against women underlined the political will of the Union to curb this sad phenomenon and to bring it out of the closed family environment. The following statistics serve to illustrate the scale of the problem:
Every year, thousands of women and children leave their homes because they are victims of abuse.
These terrible statistics make it all the more urgent that action is taken.
Various measures have been taken by the Member States: some EU countries have created 'helplines' to aid the victims, others have organised national awareness campaigns.
The European campaign to prevent domestic violence against women will support and add to these measures. The European Commission, in collaboration with NGOs, is supporting a series of initiatives on the ground with the aim of contributing to a change in attitudes.
At the European level, the campaign is designed to reinforce the message that violence against women is a social phenomenon that involves not only victims and abusers, but also all those who witness abuse, including the police, the judiciary, the teaching profession whose role it is to promote non-violence, and the social and medical workers involved in coping with the consequences of violent acts.
The Commission has formulated several messages, addressed to the different target groups concerned: