One in three women will experience violence in their lifetime. Young women and girls experience the highest rates of Gender-Based Violence (GBV). In 2014, Vital Voices launched The Justice Institute on GBV to facilitate the creation of holistic responses to GBV. Supported by CHIME FOR CHANGE, Vital Voices will leverage the successful methodology of the Justice Institute to convene allied advocates and facilitate survivor-centered approaches to address GBV among youth in Italy.
Studies show that girls and young women (15-24) experience the highest rates of GBV, and are vulnerable to unique forms of violence given their age group, environment, and other factors. Italy in particular has been reeling in recent years due to high incidences of sexual assault and the pervasive effects of a machismo culture. This critical need requires the creation of holistic responses to violence among youth, focused on victim safety and offender accountability.
Vital Voices aims to leverage the interactive methodology of the Justice Institutes to convene leaders in the space, including survivor advocates, to facilitate approaches to address GBV among youth in Italy. The methodology has been successful in training judges, prosecutors, law enforcement, and advocates in the U.S. and abroad. Participants will not only learn how to identify, prevent, investigate, and prosecute cases involving GBV among youth, but also why it is important for them to do so.
Vital Voices will work with its network of women leaders to develop a bespoke agenda that reflects Italy's legal and cultural environment in order to facilitate the creation of short, medium, and long-term responses to GBV among young women and girls. Topics will include: technology-facilitated GBV, sexual assault among college and high school age youth, alcohol-facilitated sexual assault, violence against LGBTQ youth, affirmative consent, violence and abuse in dating relationships, and more.