Creation of a transnational partnership to study different experiences in providing refuges for women and children victims of domestic violence and creation of a web page for information exchange.
The starting point of the Shelter@Net project was the observation that in Europe there is a lack of knowledge and reflection on the reality(ies) of the work that is being developed in refuges for women and children who have experienced domestic violence. The aim was to promote and share knowledge and experiences with other European realities. To achieve this, a transnational partnership was developed to compare and confront different national realities regarding accommodation services for women and children experiencing domestic violence and to exchange knowledge and valid experiences in the field of working practices and methodologies. The results of this exchange were posted on a specially created web page: www.shelters-net.com (Portuguese and English).
From the project’s results it became clear that it is important to reinforce efforts in the development of some fundamental elements of refuge provision, in order to improve the levels of quality, efficiency and cohesion of the work that is being developed within the sheltering services operating in Europe In particular:
- promote and/or reinforce national structures (networks, federations) in the field of support services for women and children experiencing domestic violence;
- promote public debate around domestic violence;
- implement monitoring mechanisms regarding legislative efficiency in the area;
- reinforce the investment in the production of knowledge and ensure the integration of results into organisational and professional practices;
- create and/or reinforce support and reflection strategies addressed at organisational practices and working teams;
- create places and times that allow and promote the debate on the ideologies underlying working practices/strategies which are conceived and developed by organisations operating in this field;
- promote and support the dissemination of the results of work developed by support providers;
- push the development of evaluation mechanisms addressed at the results of the work developed in this area.