PRoximity On VIolence: Defence and Equity

Justice Programme
Call: REC-VAW-AG-2016 , Topic: REC-RDAP-VICT-AG-2016
Budget: 632,553.72 € – Duration: 24 months
Starting date: 01/01/2018

PROVIDE (PROximity on Violence: Defence and Equity) is a project financied by the European Comission whose main aim is to contrast violence against refugee/asylum seekers - women, men and sexual minorities (LGBT), children and elders - by strengthening networking activities and specific competences in different professional fields.

The consortium includes 12 partners from 3 European countries (Italy, Spain and France) and will develop a protocol containing a training methodology with operational guidelines targeting all professionals (in particular social workers, health professionals, law enforcement staff) that are more likely to encounter victims of gender-based violence on the territory.

The protocol will be the result of a pilot experimentation of the training method in Sicily, Lombardy, Tuscany and Paris Region. All project results will be available in English, as the main objective is to adapt the project's results at a national level and also y other European countries facing the same phenomena.


Some of the expect results of the project are to increase the emergence of the problem of proximity gender-based violence against migrant/refugee; develop a share language to the recognition and reaction of professionals when facing migrant/refugee victims of this kind of violence, or improve the knowledge and specific competences of professionals, enabled to recognize and react to signs of physical or psychological abuse on migrants and asylum seekers.

Secondary objectives are the increase of the cooperation among European partnership and the integration of practices among professionals of migrant reception centers, prefectures and hospitals.

The project PROVIDE will also pretend to create a protocol available for replication and transfer, built upon prior learning and expertise and subsequently combined with innovative models and techniques.




Set up of a Coordination Committee (CC) composed by 1 representative of each partner (total of 9 people), to ensure proper budget control and time management. The CC will plan and share a "Project work plan" containing timetable of the project, definition of tasks and activities to be realized by each partner, etc.; and will manage the financial resources in order for partners to be able to deliver all the work required for the project within budget and scheduled timescales. UNIPA will report to the European Commission (EC) and manage the progress reports, costs statements and final report together with the other partners. Each partner will contribute to the draw up of Progress and Final Technical and Financial Reports and will highlight problems or inconsistencies in the “Project Work Plan”. Specific working teams will be set up according to the main project key activities.


The aim of this Workstream is to study the state of the art on common practices adopted in the 3 partner countries to deal with gender-based violence on migrant and asylum seekers (women,children, men, LGBT) arriving in Europe and on related policies of Welfare and Welness. The WS1 will analyse the main existing support services in Lombardy, Sicily, Andalusia, and Paris region identifying common, bad and good practices in view of the development of an Action Protocol and the delivery of the training activities foreseen by WS2. The research will be useful to identify the competences necessary to health operators, police officers, social operators, working in migrant/refugee reception centers in order to be able to recognize the victims of gender-based and proximity violence and provide them with substantial first hand support.


Elaboration of a pilot Protocol - including a set of actions and guidelines - to be tested at local level in 4 main areas (Milan-Lombardy; Trapani-Sicily; Paris region; Andalusia), involving a plurality of actors in the territory: Reception Center for Asylum Seekers; Extraordinary Reception Centers; Protection System for Asylum Seekers and Refugees, hospitals, anti violence centers, prefectures, etc. Objective of the Protocol is to provide professionals (health operators, police officers, social workers working in reception centers and other facilities) with the necessary know-how and skills to ensure that they are able to recognize victims of gender-based violence and able to react according to a predetermined course of action. The test of the Protocol will be monitored and evaluated in order to adapt it and make it replicable in other European contexts.


Based on the results of WS 2 the PROVIDE Protocol will be fine-tuned, summarized and translated into English, French, Spanish, Italian in order to be presented at a national and European level. For this purpose, advocacy meetings will be organized in Italy involving representatives of the pertinent Ministries (Internal Affairs, Equal Opportunities). An informal advocacy meeting and an official mission in Brussels will be organized to present the PROVIDE project to representatives of the European Commission and of European Networks against Violence on Women.


The aim of this Workstream is to define and to put in place an effective strategy based on a direct and active involvement of end-users and on a far-reaching dissemination of project outcomes/results. According to project partners, in fact, only a steady interaction between the partnership, relevant stakeholders and potential endusers can ensure an effective exploitation of project results, hence guaranteeing sustainability to project achievements beyond project lifetime.


All partners

Training Courses

  • Indication to the course in AgrigentoUNIPA
  • Course opening in AgrigentoUNIPA
  • Assistants to the course in PalermoUNIPA
  • Delivery of certificates in TrapaniUNIPA
  • Final ceremony of the courseUNIPA
  • Begining of the course in JaénUJA
  • Lecture of module 2 in JaénUJA
  • Professors of module 3 in JaénUJA
  • Assistants to the course in JaénUJA
  • Activity in module 5UJA
  • Lecture of the course in MilanTelefono Donna
  • LectureTelefono Donna
  • Group activity in the course of LeccoTelefono Donna
  • Group activity in LeccoTelefono Donna
  • Lecture in LeccoTelefono Donna
  • Lecture of the course in FlorenceOxfam Italia
  • Assistants to the course in FlorenceOxfam Italia
  • Module 1 of the first course in Francesamusocial
  • Module 2 of the first course in Francesamusocial
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  • Second course in Francesamusocial
Indication to the course in Agrigento1 Course opening in Agrigento2 Assistants to the course in Palermo3 Delivery of certificates in Trapani4 Final ceremony of the course5 Begining of the course in Jaén6 Lecture of module 2 in Jaén7 Professors of module 3 in Jaén8 Assistants to the course in Jaén9 Activity in module 510 Lecture of the course in Milan11 Lecture12 Group activity in the course of Lecco13 Group activity in Lecco14 Lecture in Lecco15 Lecture of the course in Florence16 Assistants to the course in Florence17 Module 1 of the first course in France18 Module 2 of the first course in France19 Second course in France20 Second course in France21
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Final Conference

Università degli Studi di Palermo

17th and 18th December 2019
Building 19, Room 12
Opening 2pm

The final conference will be held on 17th and 18th December 2019 at University of Palermo. It will count with the opening and welcoming by Fabrizio Micari, Rector of the University of Palermo, and Michele Cometa, Dean of the Department of “Cultures and societies”.

The purpose of this final conference is to inform social scientists, third-sector operatives, institutional stakeholders and the general public about the work carried out over the past twenty-four months, as well as the outcome of the research, with a view to contributing to the construction of a Europe professionally aware and capable of availing itself of common methodologies such as to create a network to fight against proximity violence.

In it, we will evaluate how to exploit the project’s products after its end, to identify potential users for the replication or the transfer of the project, to enhance networking and mutual trust initiatives, and to launch cooperation agreements.

During the final event, all relevant project results and outputs will be presented to the broad public. A representative of each partner of the Consortium will intervene to present project’s results in his/her region. Associates will be present and will be invited to intervene.




The Final Conference of the PROVIDE Project begins

PROVIDE. December 17, 2019

From today, December 17th, and until tomorrow 18th at 18:30 the Final Congress of the PROVIDE project, co-financed by the Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme of the European Union, takes place in room 12 of building 19 of the Università degli Studi di Palermo.

The conference has started this afternoon with the welcome of Fabrizio Micari, Rector of the University of Palermo, and Michele Cometa, Director of the Department of Culture and Society. Throughout the afternoon it is planned to offer attendees a first approach on the project and on some key concepts about proximity violence.

Tomorrow's session will begin with the vision of Carla Pambiano, expert in proximity violence of the European Commission, and of Ravinder Barn, proffesor of the Royal Holloway at the University of London. We will be able to enjoy a more dynamic session in which we will have the participation of many of the partners of the project, who will present the results of their research, the training courses carried out and the protocol of good practices developed as a result of the results of the project.

As we have already seen, the congress is having a wide participation and assistance from professionals, professors and students from the fields of cooperation, social assistance, psychology, nursing, etc.


New European agreement for the distribution of rescued immigrants

ABC. September 16, 2019

Italy and Spain are two of the countries willing to reach a European agreement on immigrants. The pact provides for the distribution of people that the NGOs or military ships have rescued in the Mediterranean. This distribution will be made before the entry of ships in port, so that once disembarked people are transferred immediately to the countries of the European Union (EU) that have acceded to the pact, which for now are six: Germany, France, Italy, Greece, Malta and Spain.

The interior ministers of Italy, Germany, France and Malta must approve the text at the meeting they will hold next 23 in Valletta. The Italian prime minister, Giuseppe Conte, wants to introduce in the European agreement a rotation of the ports, so that the immigrants also disembark in Spain, France, Malta and Croatia.

One of the keys of the negotiation is to specify the different categories of immigrants. That is, who have the right to asylum or international protection because they come from countries in conflict or war, and who have exclusively economic motivations. Italy wishes that the division by quotas of the immigrants takes place before the disembarkation, to avoid that the negotiation on the distribution is eternalized and, in addition, to not give rise to that some countries choose only those who have right of asylum, excluding irregular or so-called economic immigrants.

This agreement will affect for now only immigrants who arrive on NGO or military ships, excluding those arriving in vessels called “ghost”. Immigrants landed by NGOs in Italy are a minority. From the beginning of the year until September 13, 5796 immigrants arrived in this country by sea, of which just over 1000 did so in NGO ships after being rescued in 26 operations off the Libyan coast. The vast majority of immigrants, a total of 4303, arrived irregularly in small boats, often abandoned on the beaches of Sicily or Lampedusa.

Conte has asked the EU to grant aid to countries that host immigrants. Also that fines or withdraw aid to governments that refuse to participate in the distribution of immigrants.

Open Arms: the 83 migrants who spent more than 20 days at sea land in Italy

BBC News Mundo. August 21, 2019

The NGO Proactiva Open Arms is a non-profit organization dedicated to the rescue of migrants trying to reach Europe through the Mediterranean. The Italian prosecutor ordered on Tuesday, August 20, the temporary seizure of the Open Arms ship and the landing on the island of Lampedusa of the 83 migrants rescued in the Mediterranean who remained on board.

The decision ends more than 20 days of waiting to be able to dock in a safe harbor. The ship, with a Spanish flag, waited from August 1, 800 meters from the small Italian island of Lampedusa for a European country to give it permission to dock. However, the coalition government that leads Italy refused to accept the ship in any of its ports. Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said that it should be Spain, the country where the ship is registered, that received migrants, something that Madrid initially refused.

The prosecutor of Agrigento (Sicily), on which Lampedusa depends, made the decision after boarding the Spanish ship to verify the status of migrants and the situation that reigned on board, described by the crew as desperate. After 20 days in Mediterranean waters waiting for a safe harbor, this crisis has once again revealed the deficiencies of the migration policy of the European Union (EU).

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The Agrigento edition of the Provide course began on April 6th and ended on June 1st. On Friday June 14th 2019 at Villa Genuardi in Agrigento the final day of the Provide was celebrated with a ceremony, chaired by prof. Ignazia Bartholini, (University of Palermo) scientific responsible of the Project. There were also prof. Roberta Teresa Di Rosa, (University of Palermo) and Ettore Castorina, administrative manager of the University in Agrigento. Firstly, prof. Bartholini offered her thanks to all the staff, who contributed to the organization and implementation of the course as well as to the students who fully participated to all the planned activities. Moreover, the thanks were addressed to the administrative staff of the course's structure, who satisfied every need of both the staff and trainees. She also took the opportunity to anticipate to the students a possible future edition of the course and to emphasize its educational importance. Later, prof. Di Rosa began by thanking prof. Bartholini, the organizational staff and the administration of the University. She also referred to the team work that preceded the implementation of the course and the positive collaboration with Prof. Bartholini. Ettore Castorina focused on the importance of this step of the Provide Project and on the continuous training, thanking the teachers and all the staff who made their resources, time, energies available. At the end of the day the final certificates were given to the students and a coffee break was offered.

The Trapani edition of the Provide course began on January 11th 2019 and ended on March 9th 2019. The final ceremony in Trapani took place on March 28th 2019 at the Centro Polifunzionale- Cooperativa Badia Grande. The Certificates ceremony turned out to be a further moment of sharing and comparing the experience among the students of the course. The importance of a project such as PROVIDE and the knowledge acquired through have been underlined. After the debate, Prof.ssa Bartholini gave the certificates to the students and offered her thanks to the participants as well as all the professionals involved in the Project. At the end of the day a coffee break was offered to all participants.

The Palermo edition of the Provide course began on February 8th 2019 and ended on April 12th 2019. On April 16 th 2019 at the central Office of CROAS (the Social Service Professionals) in Palermo the final day of the Provide was celebrated with a ceremony, chaired by prof. Ignazia Bartholini, (University of Palermo) who offered her thanks to all the staff and to the local tutor Veronica Intravaia. There were also prof. Roberta Teresa Di Rosa, (University of Palermo) and Giuseppe Ciulla (Social Service Professional). During the debate prof. Bartholini focused on the main issues of the Training course and on the importance of the feedback from the students, who all became “Experts about Violence on Proximity”.

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Matteo Salvini closes in Sicily the largest refugee center in Europe

EL MUNDO. JULY 9, 2019

The former US military base in Mineo was the largest detention center for immigrants in Europe, which hosted more than 4,000 people during the 2014 immigration emergency. Interior Minister Matteo Salvini promised in an election campaign that he would dismantle him if he came to the Government.

The CARA (Reception Center for Asylum Seekers) of Mineo was inaugurated in 2011 by the then Minister of the Interior of the League, Roberto Maroni, during the Government of Silvio Berlusconi. They called it "the people of solidarity": 400 prefabricated houses about 50 kilometers from the city of Catania destined for the American Marines from the nearby military base of Sigonella, converted into a first reception center for migrants and asylum-seeking refugees.

In the summer of 2014, the center hosted more than 4,000 people, twice its capacity. Since then, the internal population gradually declined to reach about 150 in the last period. The last 68 immigrants were transferred last week to another reception center in Calabria, in the south of the country. The overcrowding in the worst years of the crisis, the lack of personnel and services for inmates or the long periods of permanence waiting to receive the ‘papers’, had caused numerous humanitarian organizations to request its closure.


PROVIDE. JUNE 20, 2019

This celebration recalls the strength, perseverance and courage of people around the world who have been forced to leave their homes, fleeing conflict and persecution. We need to show our support to all these families who are victims of this situation, approximately 70.8 million people.

The figure mentioned is considered the highest in recent years, so that the number of refugees, globally, continues to increase. In view of this reality, solidarity is mainly required; what refugees need is, first and foremost, peace. It can be said with certainty that there is humanity in many countries that, despite going through economic, security problems, host refugees. In addition, many people have joined the UNHCR campaign, whose work is more needed than ever.

The agency cited, UNHCR, is the United Nations High Commissioner working to protect and assist refugees around the world. They seek to guarantee certain rights for these persons, including the right to safe asylum in another State. The agency celebrates various activities related to raising awareness and raising awareness of the reality of refugees (playdays, concerts, exhibitions, etc.).

It is crucial to be aware that all people who have fled because of force majeure share the following: on the one hand, an immeasurable fear for his own life and, on the other hand, the fact that none of these people chose to be a refugee. That is why our work of solidarity with refugees must be founded on humanity.

There is no single place of origin, but on the contrary, the forced displaced come from a wide variety of countries, mainly from Syria, Afghanistan, South Sudan, Somalia or Venezuela. Fleeing the country of origin, for reasons such as those described above, has caused many people to risk their lives and, at worst, even lose it. To save their lives, UNHCR invites you to take another step with refugees.

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The Provide project documents describes the project aims, objectives and intended outcomes. All the documents are available in English. Click on image to open the complete documents list.


Find the newsletters and brochures prepared for the dissemination of the Provide project. All the documents are available in English, Italian and Spanish. Click on image to open the complete list.


Compilation of the presentations exposed by the Provide project partners in the different events and meetings held. Click on image to open the complete presentations list.