Domestic and dating violence against lesbians and transwomen in the focus of our new project
Between February 2015 and January 2016 our association is implementing an international research and awareness-raising project on domestic and dating violence against lesbians and trans women with the support of the European Commission.
Although many might not even think about it, violence against LGBTQI people takes place in intimate settings as well: not only in their families but also in their partnerships. Lesbian and bisexual women living in same-sex relationships, as well as trans women are an especially vulnerable group in terms of partnership and dating violence. On the one hand, in their case gender-based sexist violence adds to homophobic, transphobic violence; on the other hand, due to their marginal position, it is even more difficult for them to ask for and get help. In our research we investigate physical, sexual, economical and psychological violence both in domestic, partnership, and dating relationships, as family and dating entail high risks for lesbian and trans women in a homophobic and transphobic society.
The project “Bleeding Love”: Raising Awareness on Domestic and Dating Violence Against Lesbians and Transwomen in the European Union aims at contributing to the prevention of domestic and dating violence against lesbians and trans women in selected countries in the EU. Investigating the causes and forms of violence, the project will collect, compare and divulgate information regarding good practices regarding the prevention of violence, together with an awareness-raising campaign for both the target group and the general public. Case studies, research reports, information guides, a video campaign, blog- and Twitter-posts, a photo exhibition and a summarizing international conference will all help to make violence visible and to eliminate it.
The project is coordinated by Brescia University, and carried out by eight European LMBTQI organizations (Avvocatura per i Diritti LGBT, Zagreb Pride, Bilitis, LGL, ILGA Portugal, Broken Rainbow, Cavaria, and Háttér). The project is funded by the Civil Justice Programme of the European Commission in the Daphne III program (to prevent and combat violence against children, young people and women). Háttér receives 21,760 euros of the funding.