Gender Equality Awareness Raising against Intimate Partner Violence - GEAR II

The aim of the project is to contribute to primary violence prevention in relationships through interventions in schools. The project lasts for two years and is being coordinated by the European Anti‐Violence Network from Greece. Besides CESI, organizations from Romania, Spain, Greece and Cyprus are participating in the project.

Title: Gender Equality Awareness Raising against Intimate Partner Violence – II (GEAR against IPV - II)

Project No: JUST/2013/DAP/AG/5408

Duration: October 2014 - September 2016

Coordinator: European Anti-Violence Network (EAVN), Greece


  • Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies (MIGS), Cyprus
  • Center for Education, Counselling and Research (CESI), Croatia
  • Association for Gender Equality and Liberty (ALEG), Romania
  • Plataforma Unitària contra les Violències de Gènere, Spain
  • The Smile of the Child, Creece


Main beneficiaries are teens (12-16 years old) who are victims and/or perpetrators of IPV/SV or at risk (teens' general population) and at high risk (abused/neglected/vulnerable children 12+ years old) of becoming victims and/or perpetrators in the future.


Target-groups are school teachers and teachers and/or professionals working with high-risk teens

The GEAR against IPV II Project:

The project follows the GEAR against IPV approach that has already been pilot-tested and evaluated during the former GEAR against IPV project; it is child-centered as teens are not taught but, instead, guided (exclusively via experiential activities) to explore their own attitudes, their impact to their lives and to 'discover' and exercise life skills enabling development of violent-free intimate relationships.

The expected result is teens empowered in ways promoting zero-tolerance and equipped with 'protection skills' that will enable them to avoid being victimized and/or to appropriately and safely react to IPV/SV as victims or bystanders. Moreover, all teens will be equipped with valuable life skills for breaking the cycle of violence and building healthy relationships.