Domestic violence against women is a violation of human rights, which remains underestimated and under tackled. The CEASE project, co-funded by the Rights, Equality and Citizenship of the European Commission and managed by FACE, CSR Hellas, Pour la Solidarité & DIESIS, aims to create an additional front line in the battle against violence, integrating a new actor in this fight: companies. In Europe, 1 in 3 women has experienced physical or sexual violence, most of them by a partner or ex-partner . This means that every employer has been, is or will be in contact with an employee facing violence, whether it happens at work or in private. Gender-based violence is not only physical or sexual, but it can also be psychological. Beyond its personal and social impacts, this violence also has economic consequences. In Europe, the cost of gender-based violence for businesses is estimated at 258 billion euros per year .
 European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights, Violence against women, an EU wide survey, 2014, p.21
 European Institute for Gender Equality, Estimating the costs of gender-based violence in the European Union, 2014, p.115
Several inquiries shows how much private violence affects victim’s ability to work,but also co-workers and the entire workplace.
When gender-based violence occurs outside the workplace, it still distracts from workplace productivity by increasing absenteeism, employee turnover and resignations without adequate notice.
Our method is to raise awareness among companies to create a safe and comfortable work environment and to orientate victims to grassroots organization in order to maintain the victims’ line of work stable and productive.
Our goal is to make sure that women who has suffered or suffers from violence can work in the best conditions, to reinstate women victims of violence in the work life and to form companies in order to help them through this process.
To achieve this goal the CEASE project will:
- Create the first European Corporate Network of organizations involved to cease domestic violence
- Build and facilitate a training module for companies’ HR and managers
- Define a European Impact map presenting local, national and international organizations supporting victims
- Raise awareness on this subject and disseminate the project’s achievements at a European scale