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Measures to fight violence against
children, young people and women


Official title

The Daphne Programme 2000-2003 on preventive measures to fight violence against children, young people and women.


Legal references

  • Decision No 293/2000/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 24 January 2000 adopting a programme of Community action (the Daphne programme) (2000 to 2003) on preventive measures to fight violence against children, young persons and women.

  • The Daphne Programme 2000 to 2003 - Preventive measures to fight violence against children, young people and women; call for proposals 2000 (OJ C 73 of 14.3.2000).



The programme aims to help ensure a high level of protection of physical and mental health by protecting children, young people and women against violence. For this purpose, its focus is on the prevention of violence and on the provision of support for the victims of violence in order to particularly prevent future exposure to violence. Also, the programme aims to assist and encourage NGOs and other organisations active in the field.


Nature of the actions

The actions to be implemented are threefold and are to help achieve two separate and specific objectives.

1. Transnational actions to set up multidisciplinary networks and to ensure the exchange of information on best practices and cooperation at Community level

The objective is to support and encourage both non-governmental and other organisations including public authorities active in the fight against violence to work together. The eligible actions in this category include the following:

    1. Support for the establishment and strengthening of multi- disciplinary networks and encouragement and support of cooperation between NGOs and the various organisations and public bodies at national, regional and local level in order to improve on both sides the level of knowledge and understanding of each other’s role and to facilitate the exchange of relevant information;

    2. Stimulation and exchange of best practices, including pilot projects, at Community level on the prevention of violence and the support and protection of children, young persons and women.

These networks should particularly carry out activities to address the problems of violence that will:

    1. Produce a common framework for the analysis of violence, including a definition of different types of violence, the causes of violence and all its consequences.

    2. Measure the real impact of the different types of violence within Europe on victims and society in order to establish an appropriate response.

    3. Assess the types and effectiveness of measures and practices to prevent and detect violence including violence in the form of sexual exploitation and abuse and to provide support for victims of violence, in order, in particular, to prevent future exposure to violence.

2. Transnational actions aimed at public awareness

The objective is to support public awareness of violence and the prevention of violence against children, young people and women, including the victims of trafficking for the purpose of sexual exploitation, commercial sexual exploitation and other sexual abuse. Eligible actions include the following:

    1. Encouragement of information campaigns in cooperation with the Member States and pilot projects with European added-value and awareness-raising activities among the general public and in particular among children, young persons, educators and other categories involved as well as the media about the potential risks of violence and of ways of avoiding them, including knowledge of legislative measures, health education and training in the context of the fight against violence;

    2. Development of Community-wide information sources to assist and inform NGOs and public bodies of publicly available information compiled by governmental, NGO and academic sources relevant to the field of violence, its prevention and the support of victims, and the means to prevent violence as well as the provision of information about all measures and programmes on this subject under the auspices of the Community;

    3. Studies on violence and sexual abuse and the means of their prevention with the aim of identifying the most effective procedures and policies for preventing violence, supporting victims of violence and preventing future exposure to violence and examining the social and economic costs of an appropriate response to this phenomenon;

    4. Improvement of the recognition, reporting and management of the consequences of violence.

3. Complementary actions

The Commission has, in compliance with Articles 2 and 5 of the Decision, resources to obtain technical assistance from organisations and may also have recourse to experts. Furthermore the Commission will be able to organise seminars, symposiums and other meetings of experts to facilitate the implementation of the programme and to enhance information, publication and dissemination actions within the overall financial framework of the programme.


Eligibility criteria

The successful proposals must meet the following criteria:

  • relate clearly to one or more of the measures provided for in the Daphne Programme;

  • contribute not only to the immediate situation (local, regional or national) but also to developments at the European level and produce real added value for the European Community. The following activities are regarded as producing such value:

    • activities involving the participation of organisations in several Member States;
    • activities conducted jointly in several Member States;
    • activities which could be applied in other Member States if adapted to their conditions and cultures (pilot projects);

  • use methodology that is relevant to both the aims of the project and the target beneficiaries;

  • be innovative where appropriate.

  • have qualified and experienced people working on the project, and the organisation should where possible encourage multidisciplinary cooperation.

  • clearly indicate the project’s objectives, its intended impact, describe in detail all activities, results anticipated, the approach chosen, working methods and the timetable.

  • clearly demonstrate the context, significance and innovative nature of the project and indicate that work already done in the field is taken into account.


Target public/ beneficiaries

Private and public organisations and institutions active in the field of the prevention of and protection against violence against children, young people and women and in the support of the victims of violence.

The programme is also open to:

  • the EFTA/EEA countries in accordance with the conditions established in the EEA Agreement;

  • the associated Central and Eastern European countries in accordance with the conditions established in the European Agreements, their additional protocols and the decisions of the respective Association Councils;

  • Cyprus in accordance with procedures to be agreed with it;

  • Malta and Turkey in accordance with the provisions of the Treaty.

Cooperation with third countries and international organisations competent in the fields covered by the programme will also be fostered as well as with all those likely to be involved in preventing and protecting against all forms of violence.



The programme is established for the period from 1 January 2000 to 31 December 2003. A call for proposals is published each year usually in March in the EC Official Journal.

Successful projects are normally announced in September or October of each year.

Final reports are due to be submitted within 3 months of the end of the project.

The current call for proposals relates to projects, which will start between 15 November and 31 December 2000 and may run for 12, 24 or 36 months. The deadline for receiving the completed project application is 20 June 2000.


European Union financial support

The financial reference amount for the programme as a whole is EUR 20 million for the period 2000-2003 and is divided into annual budgets of EUR 5 million.


Nature and amount of financial support

The Community’s financial contribution may not exceed 80% of the total cost of the action in any 12-month period. Therefore other sources to cover the balance of the project costs need to be used. Only in the most exceptional and duly justified circumstances will the Commission’s contribution towards a single project in any 12- month period exceed EUR 125 000 or be less than EUR 30 000.



The Commission will implement the programme in close cooperation with the Member States and will encourage in particular transnational cooperation between NGOs and national, regional and local authorities.

The Commission will be assisted by a Committee.


Communication Means

  • “Daphne News”, an informal newsletter, copies can be requested from the Unit A.1 of the DG for Justice and Home Affairs at the Commission.

  • The text of the call for proposals, the guidelines and the application form and a list of projects and participants are available in all Community languages at:


Additional sources of information

  • European Commission
    DG for Justice and Home Affairs (Unit A.1)
    Patrick Trousson
    LX 46 - 5/8
    Rue de la Loi 200
    B-1049 Brussels
    F: +32 2 299 67 11


    date of publication: 05/2000

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