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Recommendations For the Prevention and Management of Sexual Violence Against Female Migrant Domestic Workers

Recommendations For the Prevention and Management of Sexual Violence Against Female Migrant Domestic Workers

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by IDWFED published Jul 23, 2015 12:00 AM
The set of recommendations, presented within this document, summarizes the knowledge gained from the COMMUN-AID project and aims to support policy makers, community workers, service providers and health professionals in the prevention and management of sexual violence against migrant domestic workers. The recommendations further aim to provide a shared basis of knowledge and understanding regarding the sexual violence against female migrant domestic workers as well as guidance towards planning and implementing improvements in professional practice.

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The recommendations were formulated on the basis of the following collaborative tasks carried out as part of the COM-MUN-AID project:

(a) A qualitative research with 66 sexually victimized female migrant domestic workers from Austria (n=15), Cyprus (n=16), Greece (n=20) and Sweden (n=15);

(b) A systemat-ic review of the literature (electronic and desk-based), from five scientific databases (PUBMED, SCOPUS, WEB OF SCI-ENCE, EBSCO and HEIN-ONLINE) and investigated sexual violence against female migrant domestic workers in the current research and policy agenda of Europe;

(c) A qualita-tive research with 55 key informants from the partner countries (AU, CY, GR, SE, SL) representing different sectors as follows: governmental organisations/public au-thorities (n=21), trade unions (n=2), employers’ organisa-tions (n=1), private corporations (n=3), non-governmental organisations (n=25), community groups (n=1), and others (n=2);

(d) A mapping process of community resources, al-lies, policies and interventions carried out in the partner countries (AU, CY, GR, SE, SL); (e) A train-the-trainer pro-gramme, designed on the basis of the COMMUN-AID re-search outcomes for the purposes of community education and pilot-tested with 10 community members in each part-ner country (AU, CY, GR,SE, SL)

The recommendations are organized under four themes specific to interventions relevant to:

  • Legislative and labour regulatory procedures.
  • Structural and institutional procedures.
  • Empowerment of migrant women and changes in public perceptions of migrant domestic workers.
  • Increased research and improved data collection.

The recommendations will be distributed to relevant stake-holders engaged in the prevention and management of sexual violence against female migrants both in the partner countries and at European level.

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