The DoNNE Project

Do Not Neglect Equality

Response and Recovery
Women's economic empowerment
Women’s Rights


Psy Plus Onlus (Coordinator) , Donatella Tellini L’Aquila Association


Intesa San Paolo Fund for charitable, social and cultural contributions


Antiviolence centre Rieti, ASL Rieti, ASUR Marche, ATS 18 and 22, Caritas, Il Faro Cooperative, Institute Ugo Betti, Institute Mons. Paoletti, Institute Tronto and Valfluvione, Local authorities, On the road Onlus, Velino Community , University of Camerino

Objective of the project

We aim at improving prevention, protection and support systems to combat gender-based and domestic violence.

Abstract of the project

The project adopts an ecological approach, which does not intervene only on the person who suffers or commits acts of violence, but it involves the entire institutional and socio-cultural system in which violence is exercised or legitimized. The project’s main components include: a) capacity building of local health, social and educational services also in terms of strengthening the identification, support and care programmes and b) strengthening prevention and protection through awareness-raising, trainings, individual and community empowerment.

Context analysis

The earthquake has had a profound impact on the family structure and on the traditional division of man-woman roles. This has negatively affected the balance within the couple / family already aggravated by the temporary housing situation in which many people still live. The loss of the traditional role (work, autonomy, social position) especially for men has often resulted in the need to reassert this role also through forms of abuse and violence against women. The crisis of traditional roles has therefore generated, in many cases, interpersonal tensions, manifestations of abuse and / or pathological dependence, behavioral control disorders, increased couple separations, manifestations of verbal and non-verbal violence.

Accumoli, Province of Rieti, Italy

Camerino, Province of Macerata, Italy

The project is implemented in 7 municipalities in Lazio and Marche (Amatrice, Accumoli e Arquata del Tronto on one side; Camerino, Serravalle, Visso, Ussita on the other side).

Implementation Period

01/06/2020 - 28/02/2022



  • 15 representatives of public and private sector service providers
  • 70 social-health and educational operators – social workers, psychologists, educators, teachers, doctors
  • 170 community members use the mobile unit
  • 90 boys and girls who access school counselling services
  • 40 women benefiting from economic empowerment activities
  • 12 representatives of local associations/non-profit organizations


  • Nearly 800 people (women, parents, families, school and social health staff, community members)

Project Strategy


  • Signature of Memoranda of Understanding with local public and private social and health service providers
  • Training of social, health and educational services
  • Activation of a multidisciplinary mobile unit service
  • Activation of counseling services in 4 schools
  • Organization of 3 participatory paths for the definition of gender responsive services and common spaces
  • Community awareness-raising activities on gender-based violence
  • School training and awareness courses for children
  • Economic and work empowerment paths for women
  • Training and coaching activities for local female-led organizations


  • Proposals for the improvement of public services / places
  • Guidelines on addressing gender-based violence with a focus on internal post-earthquake areas for public and private services
  • Educational  and creative workshops  in schools and with the community
  • Adoption of two regulations for the prevention and contrast of gender-based violence in schools
  • Activation of 4 internships for women


  • The staff of local social and health services increases the ability to identify and offer support to cases of gender-based violence
  • Women and men, girls and boys develop greater awareness and understanding of gender-based violence
  • Women, particularly those who experience violence, have access to more services and opportunities for economic empowerment and employment 



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