This Country Exchange Visit, hosted by the Directorate for Citizenship Rights and Social Cohesion of the Region of Tuscany, will focus on interpersonal violence.

Violence manifests itself through multiple dimensions (physical, psychological, verbal, sexual, gender, peer, etc.) and contexts (family, work, school) in people’s lives. Interpersonal violence is a risk factor for lifelong health and social problems. It is preventable and the health sector has an important role to play in preventing and responding to violence, as a part of a multidisciplinary and multi-sectoral approach.

During the visit we will discuss the approaches to address violence and public prevention practices on behaviours that can lead to violence. The participants will share experiences on how to prevent recurrence of violence through early identification of people who are experiencing violence and different ways of providing appropriate referral and support. We will also discuss how best to provide comprehensive services, sensitize and train health care providers in responding to the needs of survivors holistically and empathetically. What is the support available in different countries to the victims of violence and the violent perpetrators?

Participants will also have three on-site visits to 1) Artemisia association of the regional network of anti-violence centres, 2) the Rose Code regional network set up to help adults and minors victims of violence and / or abuse, and 3) Villa Lorenzi educational services for the prevention and rehabilitation of young people in difficulty in terms of prevention of unsafe behaviors, recovery and enhancement of personal resources.

Some practical details:

  • Senior delegates and colleagues are invited to express interest to take part in the Country Exchange Visit;
  • Please note that all participants will be required to invest some time in preparing for the event, for example, by presenting information from your country;
  • Country Exchange Visits are held in English. Unfortunately, no interpretation service will be available. Due to the interactive nature of Country Exchange Visits, it is therefore advised that the representative attending feels comfortable exchanging information in English.
  • Participants should arrive on October 23rd, since the Country Exchange Visit will begin the following morning at 9:00.
  • EuroHealthNet will be in a position to fund the participation (travel and accommodation) of a limited number of Members. EuroHealthNet will contact you and send you confirmation if you can attend on a funded basis.

The agenda for the event can be found here.

The report of the event can be found here.


About Country Exchange Visits

EuroHealthNet Country Exchange Visits are members-only events that are open to senior delegates. The aim is two-fold, namely (1) to exchange good practices and policies on selected core themes and showcase members’ work to a selection of senior European colleagues and, at the same time, (2) discuss how related EU policy processes may support health equity at national, regional and local levels.