One of the main activities of the WE GO! project consisted in a data collection involving the antiviolence centres partners in the project, and 5 other centres based in Greece. The centres are based in 4 EU countries: 1 in Bulgaria, 6 in Greece, 3 in Italy and 2 in Spain. The purpose of the data collection was to contribute to build knowledge on the specific issue of the economic needs of women survivors of IPV, focusing specifically on their socio-economic characteristics.
The data collection involved a total of 552 women supported by AVCs. The privacy of the women assisted by AVCs was ensured and no sensitive/personal information was circulated outside the centres. The data below show some of the results relating to women’s experience of violence, in particular the relationship with the perpetrator and the length of violence.
Most of the women have undergone multiple forms of violence (88.4%). In the majority of cases the perpetrator is the husband/partner (41.7%) or the ex husband/ex partner (48.7%).
The experience of violence is long: half of the women have experienced violence for a period included between 5 to 10 years (23.7%) or more than 10 years (26.5%).
When the perpetrators are the partners/husbands, the length of violence is longer (27% for a period included between 5 to 10 years and 32.7% for more than 10 years); when the perpetrators are other than the partners/husband and/or ex partners/ex husbands, the length of the violence is usually shorter (67.3% up to 5 years).