The joint research project aims to produce, test, evaluate and upscale innovative solutions against domestic violence and abuse in Europe. Its consortium, coordinated by the Cologne Game Lab from the University of Applied Sciences Cologne (THK) brings together partners from 9 countries.
The ISEDA project (Innovative Solutions to Eliminate Domestic Abuse) aims to combat and eliminate domestic violence (DV) by employing an enriched European approach, utilizing modern technological tools and practices and improved multi-sectoral expertise in its activities. One of them is developing a chatbot, which will employ empathetic language and inform victims on ways to get help and assistance, as well as refer them to hotline numbers, police or other first responders to de-escalate violent situations. The chatbot will also familiarize citizens with the different types of DV, how to prevent, detect and investigate it. With victims’ consent, an integrated data platform will gather court-proof evidence to be used to build a legal case, and record trends on the nature, frequency and circumstances of the DV.
A key activity of the ISEDA project will be providing training to primarily PAs through interactive learning. Participants will develop the necessary skills to better assess DV situations, respond accordingly and provide better assistance to victims and a just treatment to their cases. Awareness on DV will be further improved through campaigns integrating victims’ input, via informational guides, posters and videos. Education Programs will focus on sensitizing and engaging students, fostering know-how on deconstructing toxic gender stereotypes and GBV and promoting healthy relationships and zero tolerance to violence. The ISEDA project will also promote and implement perpetrator programs as an alternative to imprisonment and a chance for positive change, as such programs have the potential to significantly increase the quality of life of both victims and perpetrators.
Overall, the ISEDA project, employing multidisciplinary expertise and addressing the different aspects of DV, has the potential to significantly enhance the fight against DV on a European level and contribute to the establishment of the necessary robust long-lasting structures to eliminate it.
The consortium, coordinated by the Cologne Game Lab from the TH Köln – University of Applied Sciences Cologne brings together partners from 9 countries.
The project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon Europe research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 101073922.
More information: https://cordis.europa.eu/project/id/101073922