The Project
PeerLGT

Empowering LGT Young People
Against Violence

A P2P Model

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The EU FR Agency reported that LGT (lesbian, gay and transgender) people and heterosexual youth not conforming to stereotypical gender expressions and behavior experience harassment, bullying and discrimination, facing in some cases violent physical attacks; it also highlighted that these victims can experience a strong disempowerment that leads to social isolation, psychological stress, reduction of self-esteem and coping strategies.

The present project aims to integrate the experiences of 3 projects realized within the European Union’s FRC and DAPHNE III programme: (1) AHEAD (IT), (2) Hermes (IT, ES, IR), both of which made it possible to gain a know-how about sexual orientation and gender identity issues; and (3) Empowering Women & Providers: DV and MH (IT, UK, SLO), which lead to the implementation of an innovative approach to violence, focused on empowerment and P2P education.

The main goals of the project are:

  • to empower, using a P2P approach, young LGBT people to protect themselves and their peers against violence, involving young victims of homophobic and transphobic violence;
  • to create a safe environment for these youths by working with various service providers;
  • to increase the awareness about transphobic and homophobic attitudes and to highlight the issues of minority stress, as recommended by the European Court of Human Rights.

The research-intervention design aims at achieving progress in attaining the priority “Empowerment work at grass-roots level”, also through the involvement of local NGOs andAssociation.

The people involved in the project that will be young LGBT people (from 18yo to 30yo), service providers and helping professionals of the nations of each partner. The first group will be recruited with the help of the local LGBT NGOs and Association’s.

The peculiarity of this project is connected to the use of the peer to peer approach as a mean to achieve empowerment and knowledge through a three-steps programme:

  1. Empowering young LGBT impacted by homophobic or transphobic violence to enable them to fight social isolation and psychological stress, to improve self-esteem, self-efficacy and coping behaviours.
  2. Training various types of helping professionals and service providers to increase knowledge of violence against young LGBT people, and skills necessary to work with them effectively.
  3. Empowering some of LGBT people through training to become facilitators.
  4. The third step will act as a multiplier in raising resilience and enabling some of them to become future facilitators or co-facilitators of similar initiatives.

    Each stage will lead to the creation of policy and care guidelines in a field that also after many years of research and papers need a continuous on going work.

    The project involves two partners from Italy and one from Spain, Slovenia, United Kingdom and Ireland, different countries with a different level of awareness of this issue, in order to enhance an improvement and harmonization of knowledge, technical skills and culture at a European level.

    The evaluation off all the stages of the project will include quali-quantitative measures: the process and the outcome will be evaluated with tools aimed to measure consequences of homophobic and transphobic violence, skills and coping strategies. These tools will be selected in the first stage of the evaluation workstream. Quantitative tools will be applied prior to the intervention, at the end, and for a six month follow-up; in addition focus groups. Finally the gathered data will be analysed in order to prepare a report.

    Dissemination and sustainability:

    The dissemination and sustainability will be in order of the following activities:

    establishment of a website, a Facebook page, a twit page for continuing sharing of the dissemination and sustainability strategy among the partners. The biggest dissemination event will take place at the end of the project with the final conference that will be in Turin, February 11 and 12th.

    The creation of a task force among the partners, the involved NGOs and public service providers of all the different countries will be the challenge of this project that seen involved different countries with a different background on this field.

Università degli Studi di TorinoUniversità degli Studi di NapoliUniversity College DublinUniversidad Complutense de MadridUniversity of HertfordshireOzara Slovenija