Escape from the Maze of Violence

The Project is being supported by the Open Society Fund Prague from the Let’s Give (Wo)men a Chance programme, financed from Norway Grants.
Project duration: 1. 2. 2015 – 31. 10. 2016

With Norway Grants, Norway contributes towards a reduction in economic and social disparity and the strengthening of mutual cooperation in Europe. It promotes, above all else, environmental protection, research and scholarships, civil society development, health care, children, gender equality and an improvement in the efficiency of justice. The Let’s Give Women a Chance programme promotes equal opportunities for women and men both in their work and personal lives as well as prevention and help for victims of domestic and gender-based violence in the Czech Republic. It is operated by the Open Society Fund Prague, which has been developing values of open society and democracy in the Czech Republic since 1992.

Project Summary and Aims

The vision that shapes all our project activities is one of a society that is sensitized to violence in relationships.

Our aim is to reduce the incidence of domestic violence and sexual violence, i.e., rape and sexual abuse, in society by qualitatively and quantitatively expanding services to victims and increasing capacity for therapy for violent persons. To optimize addressing domestic violence, sexual violence, and therapy for violent persons, we will sensitize the professionals involved in these areas and strengthen their interest in them.

We are launching an Inter-Disciplinary Team in Brno to address the issue of sexual violence and we will share good practices there and develop its knowledge with the participation of our Norwegian partner.

A statewide sociological survey focused on domestic violence, sexual violence and violent persons will yield valuable data for presentation to a broad range of lay people, professionals and students and for use in addressing domestic violence and rape and sexual abuse as well as working with violent persons. The information will be used in a media campaign focused on changing society’s attitudes toward violence in relationships.

All project activities are based on actual needs and will contribute toward the desired social changes as a whole.


Press release for the beginning of project Escape from the Maze of Violence