WeDO calls for a specific objective on fighting violence in the European Commission next Rights and Citizenship Programme

The WeDO partners and some members of the EU coalition sent a letter to key MEPs and to the European Commission to include prevention and fight against violence as a specific objective in the next 'Rights and CItizenship Programme' (2014-2020) of the European Commission.

"In the last few years, the issue of abuse and negligence against vulnerable older people has gained importance and visibility at European and national levels. Article 16 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, ratified by the European Union, and the Article 25 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union support the idea that a strong commitment of decision-makers is needed to protect the dignity of older people and fight against from all forms of violence and abuse.

The proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing for the period 2014 to 2020 the Rights and Citizenship Programme is the successor of three main programmes, including the Daphne III programme. The Daphne programme has been very effective in raising awareness and helping develop solutions to combat violence against women, children and other vulnerable groups. 

We therefore strongly recommend that the new regulation on the Rights and Citizenship programme includes a specific objective to fight and prevent violence and maintains an adequate level of funding similar to Daphne. This would ensure that projects working on preventing and fighting violence against older people (together with other vulnerable or at risk groups) can be continued under the Multiannual Financial Framework 2014-2020.

This important and valuable work is currently possible thanks to the DAPHNE programme, which has helped a lot of organisations to develop projects such as:

-       The European Charter of Rights of older people in need of long-term care and assistance which has become a reference document at EU level and is now used to develop a European Quality Framework for Long-Term Care services as a tool to fight elder abuse and improve respect of fundamental rights of these very vulnerable citizens (AGE Platform Europe)

-       Train Improve Reduce currently developing pilot trainings to police on domestic violence (Mental Health Europe)

-       Breaking the taboo projects, which aim to sensitize professionals working in community health and social services to elder abuse prevention and promote trainings in this field (Austrian Red Cross).

-       Prevalence study of abuse and violence against older women (AVOW), a research project that demonstrated the prevalence of violence against older women in the home setting, demonstrated patters of violence and developed a tool for harmonized and comparable surveying (National Institute for Health and Welfare, Finland)

-       DIVERHSE, a forum for health professionals, non-governmental organisations, policy makers and academics to share their expertise and good practice in developing and evaluating interventions to address violence against women and children in a variety of health care settings.

-       PRO TRAIN, Improving multi-professional and health care training in Europe and  building on good practice in violence prevention

You will find in annex our proposals for amendments to the draft programme.

For more information or questions, do not hesitate to contact Anne-Sophie Parent, AGE Platform Europe Secretary General or Maude Luherne, Projects officer"

Organisations supporting the letter:

-       AGE Platform Europe

-       EAHSA, European Association of Homes and Services for the Ageing

-       European Social Network

-       E.D.E.

-       Mental Health Europe

-       ANBO, Netherlands

-       SPF, Sweden

-       Zivot 90, Czech Republic

-       National Institute for Health and Welfare, Finland

-       University of Helsinki, Palmenia Center, Finland

-       Vrije Universiteit Brussels – Belgian Ageing Studies, Belgium

-       50+ Hellas, Greece

-       Anziani e non solo, Italy

-       BAGSO, Germany

-       Austrian Red Cross, Austria

-       UNCCAS, France

-       FNG, France

-       Third Age, Ireland

-       ISIS, Germany

-       Fundacja na Rzecz kobiet JA KOBIETA, Poland

-       Forum 50+, Poland

-       Age Action Ireland

-       MZU, Slovenia

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