Event – Domestic violence concerns us all

A visible sign against violence against women was set in Neulengbach.

Paul Schober (Verein GeSoB), Katharina Loisel-Thanmayer (Verein Frauenzentrum), Erwin Hayden-Hohmann (Caritas Männerberatung St. Pölten), Anna Sonnleitner (Gewaltschutzzentrum Niederösterreich), Alexander Grohs (Neustart), die beiden Organisatorinnen des Abends, Gerlinde Blemenschitz-Kramer und Michaela Schmitz, Stadträtin Maria Rigler und Vizebürgermeister Paul Mühlbauer. Foto Maria Hörmandinger

The global campaign “16 days against violence against women” takes place every year from 25 November to 10 December. In a joint initiative by several organisations, an event on the topic of violence and violence prevention was organised by Paul Schober (GeSoB association), Gerlinde Blemenschitz-Kramer and Michaela Schmitz on Friday, 24.11.2023 at 18:00 in the district office of the Red Cross Neulengbach, Rettungsgasse 1. The Lower Austria Violence Protection Centre, the St. Pölten Women’s Centre Association, the Neustart Association and the Caritas Men’s Counselling Service were also present. The aim was to raise awareness of domestic violence, a topic that is often kept quiet, and to present preventative measures.

“Our aim is to talk about domestic violence in a safe environment and to highlight possible courses of action for everyone involved,” explained Paul Schober. It is important to find out about ways out, protection and help options in order to break the spiral of violence. The experts presented current data: In 2023 alone, there were 24 suspected femicides, 40 attempted murders and serious acts of violence against women in Austria.

Look, act and help!

Civil courage and the right way to deal with signs of violence were discussed at the event. It is important to act without endangering oneself and to seek help in good time. Participants were given information on contact points such as the Lower Austrian women’s helpline and the women’s helpline against violence.

Finally, reference was made to the EU project Mariposa, which offers extensive resources for prevention work. This event in Neulengbach was intended to help raise awareness of domestic violence and promote collective solutions. Conny Poell played songs appropriate to the topic at the event.

Also present were:

If there are signs of domestic violence:

  • Act and help
  • Take care to protect yourself, no unnecessary risks
  • Call for help, in case of danger call the police immediately
  • involve the surrounding area, talk to neighbours
  • Interrupt the violence.
  • Talk to those affected, point out offers of help.

Lower Austrian women’s hotline 0800 800 810
Women’s helpline against violence 0800 222 555
Police 133
Rescue 144

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Photos Maria Hörmandinger

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Mariposa – 2nd Newsletter

Violence against women is a deeply troubling and pervasive issue that continues to afflict our society. This multifaceted problem manifestsin various forms, including physical, emotional, and psychological abuse, and it knows no boundaries of age, race, or socioeconomic status. It shatters lives and perpetuates a cycle of suffering, one that demands our collective attention and action. Being able to spot the toxic relationships and power dynamics underlying the phenomenon of gender-based violence represents the first, necessary step to break the cycle of violence.


Through the Mariposa project, we offer online tools designed to support women impacted by gender-based violence in recognizing and addressing detrimental situations they may been tangled in. Our goal is to help them create personalized life plans and connect them with appropriate professional assistance. Concurrently, we seek to provide guidance to peers and advocates in promoting the empowerment of women affected by gender-based violence. This involves establishing support networks and launching initiatives to prevent and combat gender-based violence.

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1. Two online interactive tools that use the symbol work methodology have been designed and created:

“ME and My Resources” dedicated to aiding women who have experienced gender-based violence to identify unhealthy dynamics and seek support.

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“EmpowerME”, that focuses on empowering and providingself-help for these women to set objectives and develop a future life plan.

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Once the two online tools had been completed and translated, we organized pilot sessions in each partner country to test them with women impacted by gender-based violence and gathered their valuable feedback and perspectives on the instruments.

2. Subsequently, two guides were developed:

A Guide for Victim Empowernment by Peer to Peer Support, providing guidance on how to empower women who have experienced gender-based violence while giving useful advice on possible challenges and obstacles to avoid.

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A Guide in Multiplication and Networking Strategies, for anyone who wants to build stable networks, plan a campaign and multiply their messages.

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The tools and guides were the outcome of the collaborative efforts of all project partners, who met in March in Bucharest and in September in Palermo 2023 to discuss and exchange their experiences in testing and utilizing the tools and guides. All the resources are available in English, Spanish, Greek, Italian, French, German and Romanian.


Final events will be organized in Spain, Greece, Italy, Romania, France and Austria. Stay tuned for updates!

If you want to take part to our project or learnmore about the Mariposa resources – contact us!

To learn more about the project, you can alsovisit our Project Website …

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Ode to joy – 2nd Newsletter

Hello everyone and welcome back! We are happy to share with you some interesting news about the JOY project, which aims to use experience-based methodologies to involve NEETs and adult educators in a journey of self-discovery.


Over the past months, the Joy project’s partnership has been working on the creation of a model containing methodologies from different fields and disciplines, such as:
storytelling, dance and body work, art, work with nature and drama
. The Research on the condition of the NEETs in the various countries involved and the Guide containing a detailed description of the aforementioned methods can already be consulted and downloaded on our website. This is an essential resource, useful for all those working in the field of adult education.


From 8 to 12 May 2023, the partners oft he organizations met in Szentgotthárd, arural area on the border
between Austria and Hungary. Each partner presented a different methodology of the JOY model, organizing activities and reasoning on the potential impact that the approach could have on the people identified as beneficiaries of the course. Furthermore, every afternoon, all the partners and the trainers involved were introduced to the CH-Q exercise, which helped them validate their existing experiences and to call out their previous knowledge, to experience support through the awareness of these.



In the following months, what has been learned and experienced during the training will be proposed in a training that will take place in all the cities of theproject (Budapest, Palermo, Vienna and Ueckermünde) dedicated to all those working with adults. It will be a unique opportunity to improve one’s skills and increase one’s knowledge of innovative methods in constant evolution.


Finally, the partnership is currently working on the creation of two different tools that can be used and consulted to re-propose the activities developed by the inventors of the JOY methodology: a Toolkit and a Handbook. The Toolkit will contain all the exercises tested during the training of the trainers, while in the Handbook it will be possible to have access to interviews with important experts of the JOY model.


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Playful Paths – Resource Guide

Finally it is here – the guide for trainers, counsellors, coaches supporting women!

About the project:

The goal of this project is to strengthen the agency of women, who are reentering the labour force after years of being stay-home mothers.

While we cannot change the systemic failures and problems of the labour market, by strengthening women’s control about their career and personal goals and personal competencies, as well as assist them in finding a better approach to work-balance harmony, we would like to empower them for a more conscious career planning.

There are already available methodologies developed for other fields of career and life coaching, which can be adapted to this target group: these are symbolwork, folk tale work (“meseterápia”), and also playwork, all of which will be described in the following chapters.

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MARIPOSA lands in

The piloting phase of the online tools has started

The MARIPOSA project consortium is stepping up efforts to support and empower survivors of gender-based violence by creating a variety of online tools, some of which are already available in the “Online tools” section of the website.

We began the piloting phase of the two tools ME and My Resources and EmpowerME in March 2023, with the goal of assisting women survivors of gender-based violence in processing their feelings and emotions, reflecting on their resources, defining future objectives, and developing concrete action plans. Women will test the tools and provide feedback and suggestions on how to improve the experience.

More details on piloting and results are coming soon!

On March 22th and 23rd, during the third Transnational Project Meeting in Bucharest, we had the opportunity to brainstorm and discuss the content of the Guide for Networking and Campaigning, an upcoming guide for anyone who wants to network and campaign against gender-based violence. On that same occasion, we have finalized the Guide for Victim Empowerment by Peer to Peer Support, which will be available online on the project website in May 2023, and shared our thoughts and feelings on project progress and next steps.

Find out more about the project via the brochure and the website: https://mariposaproject.eu/

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