RESPONSE – Multi-agency response for reporting of GBV in maternal health services 2017-2018

The aim of the RESPONSE project is to increase maternal health team GBV disclosure in patients, referral to specialist services and safety planning in 5 geographically diverse EU countries (Austria, France, Germany, Romania, and Spain).

This project will build on the Daphne supported IMPLEMENT ( project (2014-2016) in which 4 of the RESPONSE partners participated in (AT, FR, RO, UK-trainers) by using the IMPLEMENT Training Manual developed to target GBV identification in emergency departments and adapt it to train maternal health teams who will have numerous contacts with survivors through the maternal health visits.

The beneficiaries are:

  • women who seek routine prenatal care during pregnancy and perinatal support up to one year after pregnancy and are victims of GBV;
  • trainers who will provide capacity-building seminars within their respective maternity health settings;
  • health care professionals and social workers within the health setting who are not equipped to assist victims of GBV with their specialized needs;
  • health professional students who don’t receive any education on identification of GBV; and health sector policy makers at the national level who are responsible for allocating the resources and institutional measures for specialised support for victims during pregnancy in the health care setting.

Our team is composed of one lead institution, one maternal health clinic and one public authority as partners to establish a multi-sectoral and multi-disciplinary cooperation to reduce underreporting of GBV in maternal health settings in the EU.

The main objective of the RESPONSE project is to provide capacity building in 5 European countries (Austria, France, Germany, Romania, and Spain) in order to increase referral/reporting to specialised services for survivors of gender-based violence in maternal health settings using a rights-based approach, which is gender and survivor focused.

Coordinator:  Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca (Universitatea Babes-Bolyai, UBB) (Romania)

Association of Austrian Women’s Shelters Network (Verein Autonome Österreichische Frauenhäuser, AÖF) (Austria)
Psytel (France)
Commission for the Research on the Abuse of Women (Comisión para la Investigación de Malos Tratos a Mujeres, CIMTM) (Spain)
Emergency County Hospital Cluj, Obstetrics-Gynaecology Clinic I (Romania)
GESINE Network (Kompetenzzentrum Frauen und Gesundheit NRW) (Germany)
University of Bristol (England)

Associate Partners:
Observatoire Departemental des Violences Envers les femmes de Seine-Saint-Denis (France)
Technical Commission of Actions in Health Field against Gender Violence, Department of Health of Community of Madrid (Spain)
Public Health Authority Cluj County (Romania)
United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) (Turkey)

Advisory Board Members:
Ledowijk Pas (Leo Pas), Chair of the EUROPREV Working Group on Mental Health and Family Violence
Joanne Vincenten, Research Associate at Maastricht University; Technical Advisory Group Member to UNICEF

Duration: 1 January 2017 – 31 December 2018

Funder:  European Commission in the field of Justice through the Daphne III Programme

Budget: 480,843 EUR

Budget for BBU: 63,779 EUR


Press release (RO)