Measures to fight violence against
children, young people and women
The Daphne Programme 2000-2003 on preventive measures to fight
violence against children, young people and women.
- 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
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
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.
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
- 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
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
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
The Commission will be assisted by a Committee.
- “Daphne News”, an informal newsletter, copies can be requested
from the Unit A.1 of the DG for Justice and Home Affairs at the
- 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)
LX 46 - 5/8
Rue de la Loi 200
F: +32 2 299 67 11
date of publication: 05/2000