The dramatic persistence of cultural prejudices and sexist stereotypes in courtrooms, in media representation, in the wider social context leads to re-victimization of women who have been subjected to violence, exposing them to further trauma and hindering justice.
The project NEVER AGAIN, launched on 25 November 2020 and co-funded by the Rights, Equality and Citizenship program of the European Union, aims to strengthen a system response to the phenomenon of secondary victimization through a national awareness campaign and a training model aimed at the forces of order, to legal practitioners and to journalists.
Transforming the approach and professional culture of the judiciary, law enforcement and media when dealing with intimate partner violence, domestic and gender-based violence, by increasing awareness and understanding of the social and cultural roots of violence against women and avoiding approaches and practices that re-victimize women who have been subjected to violence.
Contribute to a correct and effective application of international, European and national regulations in the prevention and contrast of secondary victimization.
To sensitize journalists to address the issue of gender-based violence with an appropriate and non-sensationalistic language, modifying the narrative models and the dominant stereotypes in the news and in the media representation of violence against women.
With a combination of e-learning, webinars and face-to-face training meetings that will involve all partner organizations, the Never Again project defines an original training methodology that addresses the different aspects of secondary victimization.
Proposed in collaboration with professional associations, the Never Again training offers practitioners and operators of the justice system, law enforcement, journalists and journalists concrete tools to deconstruct cultural prejudices and gender stereotypes by strengthening their action to prevent and contrast the male violence against women.
Increasing knowledge of secondary victimization, making the public aware of this often invisible aspect of violence against women, and changing the behaviors that on the media, particularly social media, lead to new suffering for women facing paths of escape from violence is the goal of the communication campaigns that the Never Again project will launch on social networks thanks to video contributions, infographics, articles and interviews.
Videos, infographics and an e-book are among the multimedia products included in the Never Again project that will be offered not only to the public, but also to anti-violence centers, third sector associations and organizations, local authorities and women's movements to promote the prevention of secondary victimization and raise awareness of its dramatic impact on the lives of women who have experienced violence.
The live show proposed by MASC as part of the Never Again project will leverage on emotions, built starting from real situations and also conceived as a training tool, thanks to the involvement of the public, to stimulate awareness of the impact that secondary victimization has on the lives of women who have experienced violence and show how it can be avoided.
NEVER AGAIN is a project co-financed by the Rights, Equality and Citizenship Program of the European Union (2014-2020), GA n. 101005539. The contents of this press release are the sole responsibility of the authors and do not reflect the views of the European Commission.
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