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A Toolkit for Enhancing Counselling for Victims of Gender-Based Violence

Published in 2021
Anni Lietonen, Inka Lilja

Empowering counsellors and beneficiaries to assess the needs and the impact of counselling with women in migration.

The SARAH Impact Toolkit has been developed as a part of an EU-funded project entitled "SARAH: Safe, Aware, Resilient, Able and Heard – protecting and supporting migrant women victims of gender-based violence." In the project, short-term psycho-social and legal counselling services were provided by the Greek Council for Refugees, SOLWODI Deutschland e.V, the Italian Refugee Council and Setlementti Puijola to refugee and migrant women victims of gender-based violence in Greece, Germany, Italy and Finland.

The concept of this toolkit emerged from the desire of the partner organisations' counsellors to incorporate to the counselling different ways to ensure that women in migration who have experienced gender-based violence are heard. The toolkit can be used to improve the quality and impact of counselling by assisting:

  • the beneficiaries to understand their own strengths, resources and priorities
  • the counsellor to make informed decisions about the possible steps in supporting the beneficiaries
  • organisations and professionals in collecting data for impact evaluation as well as for advocacy.

The toolkit was developed initially for this counselling context. For more information about the method of counselling please see the Handbook on Counselling Asylum Seeking and Refugee Women Victims of Gender-Based Violence developed in our previous joint EU-funded project Co-creating a counselling method for refugee women GBV victims (CCM-GBV). 

The toolkit is available in English, German, Italian, Greek and Finnish. Feel free to also share this source with others!

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