Sunia Geel 2 partners met between March 1st and 3rd in Bucharest, Romania, for the project’s kick off meeting. After an in-depth introduction into the aims of the projects, Heydi Foster, Director of Exchange House National Travellers Service in Dublin (project promoter), clearly defined the project’s beneficiaries: Women and Young People, Ethnic minority groups, Community groups, Service providers and men. The meeting was attended by representatives of all project partner organizations.
During this first transnational partner meeting, participants discussed the first four workstreams in order to get the project started. Workstream 1 will lead to a clearer understanding of the service needs of minority groups (300 women will be surveyed to inform needs analysis).The results will be used to produce a State of the Art report. It is intended to use this work to inform service providers.
The second workstream will focus on educating women and young people to enhance their wellbeing and take control of their lives through a DV Response Programme which will include skills to de-escalate violent situations, safety planning, self-defence, budgeting, core skills, art, drama, literacy and the development of a DVD and graphic novel.
The third workstream will work with communities through the targeting of community groups, refuges, men-heroes, pre-marital couples and perpetrators. The focus will be on creating a support network for communities, service providers and refuges/shelters dealing with DV. This will be done through needs analysis, training, debriefing, group supervision and refresher workshops.
Workstream 4 will focus on providing direct support to women and young people from marginalized backgrounds experiencing DV. This will be done through counselling, family support, peer support, culturally appropriate training and awareness raising in their own communities and a DV art exhibition.
The Sunia Geel 2 methodology will include questionnaires, one-to-one interviews, core skills, drama, therapeutic counselling, practical support, group work, training, focus groups, workshops and peer support.