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.


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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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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.



The European Association of Schools of Social Work held the European Congress of Social Work Schools at the Complutense University of Madrid between June 4th and 7th, 2019.

Within it, Belén Agrela, from the University of Jaén, coordinated a pre-congress activity, together with professors from the Complutense University of Madrid and the University of Granada, entitled Feminist academic translations. Teaching, research and transfer for a transforming Social Work.

This symposium presented the experiences, concerns and proposals of gender and feminist approaches of teachers and researchers of Social Work from Spain, United Kingdom, Portugal, Chile and Italy. Three axis mark the symposium: teaching, research and knowledge transfer, within the framework of gender and feminist studies involved into European, national and regional projects.

Within the framework, the Provide project was presented and made known, in a paper entitled International research “in three-handed” on Social Work related to proximity violence in migration.

The Congress was attended by professors from national and international universities, professionals from public and private administration, and PhD students.

Find information about the European Congress Of Social Work School at the following link.



The third meeting of the PROVIDE project will take place in Trapani (Sicily, Italy) on February 19th and on February 20th, at the "Centro Polifunzionale" of Contrada Cipponeri.

As in before meetings, there will be present one or two members of each partner group to represent his/her institution and discuss about the training courses (trends, strengths and criticalities); the highlighted opportunities and criticalities of the PROVIDE book, as well as the external reference and publication times, and any other questions about the UNIPA webpage of Provide, the website and the newsletters.

Moreover, this will be a time to speak about the next Final Conference of PROVIDE that will take place on Palermo.

The meeting will end with a short sightseeing tour in the early afternoon of February 20 to visit the "Saline di Nubia" and the historical center of Trapani.


Find information about the meeting in Trapani published by the University of Jaén at the following link.

PROVIDE in the I Seminar "Women UJA of international success in R+D+I"


The University of Jaén (UJA) has organized a conference to present current European projects led by women.

Within the framework, Belén Agrela, responsible for the project in Spain, will present the research "PROVIDE: Proximity in violence: defense and equity" (financed by the European Community REC-VAW-AG-2016-01).

The meeting will take place on Thursday, December 13 at 5:30 p.m., and is part of the calendar of action of the project of the University of Jaen "OFIPI4CEAs2020" funded by the Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness.

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Second InfoDay of Provide held in Jaen


The Association for Employment and Social Integration-ASEIS, together with the University of Jaén, held the Information Day of the PROVIDE European research project on the November 8th.

The objective of this day was to present the PROVIDE project to the citizens of Jaén. With this purpose, have intervened the President of the Association for Employment and Social Integration-ASEIS, Aránzazu Díaz León, the Principal Investigator of the Project in Spain, Belén Agrela Romero, and the Director of Nursing Care at the Hospital Alto Guadalquivir de Andújar, Gema Berrios Martínez. Other prominent members of the University of Jaén have also been there; as the Vice-Rector for Research, Gustavo Reyes del Paso, the Vice-Chancellor for Teaching and Academic Organization, Alfonso Cruz Lendínez, the Director of the International Project Office, Francisco Díaz Garrido, and the Director of Equality Unit, Matilde Peinado Rodríguez.

In this informative event, ASEIS has done a review of the project since its inception and has announced the training course "Expert in Management of Violence of Proximity", which will be taught to the different professionals and social agents of the Andalusia region and all the countries involved.

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PROVIDE participated in the activities of the "European Night of the Researchers" carried out in Jaén (Spain) with an activity designed to make people think about the causes of migration; reflect on the current moment of migrations and refuge situations and review the notions associated with migration, States, the right to migrate (and in family), understandings about how we "welcome" and its consequences for all.

In total, around 200 researchers from the University of Jaen will participate in the 50 activities organized in this seventh edition of 'The European Night of Researchers' in the capital of Jaen, a scientific dissemination project promoted by the European Commission within the actions Marie Sklodowska-Curie of the Horizon 2020 program and held simultaneously in more than 250 European cities.

Around 8,000 people attended the more than fifty activities organized by the University of Jaén to celebrate the European Night of the Researchers.

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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.