CHANGE - Pathways to prevent and combat gender based violence

Violence against women is a complex and multi-dimensional phenomenon which requires the action and collaboration among specialised services, CSO’s organisations, institutions belonging to social and health systems, as well as the education one, to be tackled and prevented.  

CHANGE (pathways to prevent and combat Gender-Based Violence) intervenes to support a multi-agency, coordinated and effective response to fight and prevent GBV and DV in Friuli Venezia Giulia and Veneto regions in Italy.

The CHANGE project is focused on preventive action to combat gender-based violence by addressing masculinities and the engagement of men and boys, including awareness raising activities addressing primary prevention in schools and within the general public, activities focusing on training of frontline professionals and of operators wishing to work in perpetrators’ programmes. Finally, project activities will involve a targeted prevention approach through the setting-up of Service Desks offering perpetrators (and potential perpetrators) support and treatment programmes to prevent violence and recidivism.

Our work

The European project “CHANGE - Pathways to prevent and combat gender-based violence” will engage in the following actions:

  • Preventing and combating gender-based violence through awareness-raising and education activities in primary and secondary schools. The project includes workshops in schools, guiding children and young people towards growth free from stereotypes, prejudices, and aggressiveness. It fosters mutual respect, challenges gender roles, and seeks non-violent resolutions to conflicts in interpersonal relationships, focusing on upholding the right to personal integrity.
  • Conducting a training course for frontline professionals who engage with male perpetrators of domestic violence and abuse to create coordinated responses among local services, increasing the safety of women victims of violence.  
  • Setting up 4 Perpetrator Programmes in 4 Italian cities (Pordenone, Gorizia, Treviso and Conegliano) to support and treat male perpetrators of violence. 

The actions will enhance and strengthen the local social and health services networks and promote a public-private welfare system that closely aligns with the resources and needs of the communities.


Coordinator - change(at)

Elena Gajotto, Project Officer - e.gajotto(at)

Dimitra Mintsidis, Project and Financial Manager - d.mintsidis(at)

Berta Vall, Research and Development Manager -

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Last changed: 16.05.2024