The DAPHNE III project entitled “Gender Equality Awareness Raising against Intimate Partner Violence” (GEAR against IPV) is a coordinated action of primary prevention of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) through school-based interventions aiming to raise awareness of both high-school students and teachers on the harmful effects of gender stereotypes and of unequal power relationships between the sexes as well as on how these are related with gender-based violence.
More specifically, the aims of the “GEAR against IPV” project are to promote gender equality, by deconstructing gender stereotypes, which is expected to greatly contribute to the development of healthy and equal relationships, to the primary prevention of violence against women and girls as well as to the development of zero tolerance towards violence. The “GEAR against IPV” project intended to achieve its aims by raising students' awareness on:

  • the characteristics of healthy and unhealthy relationships
  • the influence that stereotypical attitudes and socially imposed gender roles have on their relationships
  • how power inequality between the sexes is related to psychological, physical and/or sexual violence against women/girls and
  • how adolescents can contribute to the prevention of all forms of gender-based violence.
For the achievement of these aims, the Master “GEAR against IPV” Package was developed in order to provide a “Guide” that can lead the creation of culturally appropriately adapted National Packages for any country that wishes to Train Teachers (Booklet II) in order to be able to implement Gender Equality Awareness Raising Workshops for students (Booklets III and IV) as a means of primary and/or secondary prevention of Intimate Partner Violence.
More precisely, the Master “GEAR against IPV” Package was developed consists of 4 Booklets:
  • Booklet I. The Master GEAR against IPV Package and How to Develop your own National Package
  • Booklet II. Guidelines for Conducting a GEAR against IPV Teachers’ Training Seminar
  • Booklet III. Teacher’s Manual
  • Booklet IV. Students’ Activities Book

In the context of the “GEAR against IPV” Project, four National (Austrian, Croatian, German and Greek) “GEAR against IPV” Packages were developed.

Booklet I is an introductory booklet, which mainly provides information on the project, material and the project’s activities and describes the dissemination actions carried out by the organisation responsible for implementing the “GEAR against IPV” intervention in each country, as well as possible ways of lobbying in order to incorporate the “GEAR against IPV” Workshop in secondary schools’ curricula. The National Booklets I have been developed on the basis of specific parts and guidelines of the respective Booklet of the Master Package. Booklets II, III and IV of the National Packages include material and describe the processes that have been considered as culturally appropriate to be used for conducting Teachers’ Seminars (Booklet II) as well as for organizing and conducting Students’ Workshops (Booklets III and IV).

On the basis of the developed material, Teachers’ Seminars were conducted aiming to build teachers’ capacity to implement and evaluate the “GEAR against IPV” Workshops in classrooms and to provide them with the opportunity to a) reflect on gender stereotypical attitudes and behaviors as well as on any attitudes supporting tolerance towards violence and its modification and b) obtain all necessary information and skills needed in order to be able to identify and handle potential cases of abuse that might be revealed by students during or after the implementation of the “GEAR against IPV” Workshops. A total of 167 teachers and other school-related professionals, such as Health Education Coordinators and school social workers- were specially trained through the 9 Seminars that were implemented in Austria, Germany and Greece.

The specially trained teachers and professionals implemented 27 “GEAR against IPV” workshops in Austria, Germany and Greece, in which a total of 556 students participated, aiming to raise their awareness on the harmful effects of gender stereotyping, IPV and dating violence, and to encourage the development of attitudes of zero tolerance towards violence at a relatively young age, with the ultimate goal being to promote the development of healthy, equal and violent-free relationships between young people.