Improving the response of responsible local institutions to gender based violence survivors

Contract partner: Counselling Line for Women and GirlsCountry: Albanien Funding amount: € 310.466,00Project start: 01.07.2019End: 30.06.2021

Short Description:

Overall goal

The project aims to sustainably prevent the gender based violence in Albania through an effective institutional response and establishment of a sustainable system for addressing the needs of women and girls, victims of Domestic Violence (DV)/Gender Based Violence (GBV) in Albania. For a more realistic sustainability, the project aims to build local institutional mechanism and increase their capacities in addressing DV/GBV, and improve the conditions for the implementation of the legislation and strategies aiming towards zero tolerance of gender-based violence and domestic violence.

Expected results

Expected Result 1: Cross-sectorial referral mechanisms (RM) in Municipalities of Rrogozhina, Divjaka and Devoll established. The capacities of local actors who are part of referral mechanisms to address and manage cases of DV/GBV will be improved in addressing Violence Against Women (VAW) in Albania at central and local level

Expected Result 2: Capacities of professionals in justice institutions, prison, probation, bailiffs, police, health institutions, working with the perpetrators of GBV and DV strengthened.

Expected Result 3: Increased contribution and strengthened capacities of media professionals from different media outlets in shaping DV/GBV related behaviors, practices and attitudes towards GBV/DV phenomena and human rights, by focusing on transformative approaches that aim to improve the understanding and attitudes of the public and especially youth regarding women human rights and gender equality.

Expected Result 4: Increased awareness and knowledge of men and boys as agents of change in combating DV/GBV through introduction of innovative education/prevention approaches and involvement of teachers and religious leaders.

Expected Result 5: Women and girls DV/GBV survivors are supported and assisted through the CLWG-run National Hotline.

Target group / Beneficiaries

The target group of the project are DV and GBV survivors, young girls and boys, professionals from municipalities, health institutions, education institutions, community centers, non-government service providers, law enforcement and police offices in the target municipalities.

The project will work closely with men and boys, women and girls, and aims to reach 8,000 direct beneficiaries.


The project will provide support to DV and GBV survivors and their children over the course of 3 years in national level through the national coverage of the helpline including the three targeted municipalities of the country (Rrogozhina, Divjaka and Devoll). Some of the interventions as well will have a national scale effect such as offline and online media campaigns.


In Albania GBV has been recognized as one of the most pressing gender equality issues. According to the available reports and research the most common type of GBV is domestic violence. Albania has ratified the Istanbul Convention, nevertheless the relevant changes in legislative and policy framework aimed to improve institutional response and support are yet to be harmonized with its requirements.

project number8369-00/2019
source of fundingOEZA
sector Staatsführung & Zivilgesellschaft, allgemein
modalityProject-type interventions
marker Gender: 2, Democracy: 2
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