Project ended between 2016 and 2020









Universities Supporting Victims of Sexual Violence (USVSV): Training for Sustainable Services. 

Grant agreement no: JUST/2014/SPOB/AG/VICT/7401



Summary of the project

This research project, led by Brunel University London with 7 partners and 7 associate partners across 7 European countries, aims to develop, and integrate within the academic institutions, innovative training for university staff to enable them to give an appropriate response to different forms of manifestation of sexual violence.

We will conduct ‘best practice’ reviews in English and local languages, and use this as a starting point to develop training programmes appropriate to our cultural and institutional contexts. Each partner university will pilot a training model with 80 of its own staff and conduct an independent evaluation of it. The results of these evaluations will be shared across the partnership, and the training models made available permanently and free of charge, via an online portal.

The project began on March 1st 2016 and will end with an international conference in November 2017. It is funded by the European Commission’s DG Justice, Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme (DAPHNE strand).



Dr Pam Alldred, Brunel University, UK


Italy University Action Coordinator:

Prof Norma de Piccoli



Sussex University (UK), University of Rovira I Virgili (Spain), Universidad del Pais Vasco / Euskal Herriko Unibersitatea (Spain), Università degli Studi di Torino (Italy), Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences (Greece), University of York (UK).


Associate Partners:          

Universitat de Barcelona (ES), University of West of England (UK), Lancaster University (UK), Victimology Society of Serbia (Serbia), St Mary’s Twickenham London (UK), MARTA (Latvia), Mondragon University (Spain).



JUMP – Juggling Motherhood and Profession





Europe wide, female labour market participation is lower than male one. It is well known that childbearing, care tasks, conciliation needs hinder women employment. Research has shown that many women exit the job market after childbirth. This trend is particularly strong among the more vulnerable segments of female population (e.g. low educated, low-skilled, of migrant origin)-

In order to answer to unskilled mothers’ request of help, social professionals need to set up complex and multi-layered methods of social intervention to address the social/emotional/relational roots of the unskilled mothers’ unemployment or inactivity problems.


JUMP’s target groups

  1. PRIMARY TARGET: social professionals (i.e. educators, counsellors, mediators, therapists, psychologist, care consultants, social anthropologists, social workers) who work on facilitating labour market participation among vulnerable social groups.
  2. SECONDARY TARGET: low income/low skilled (migrant) women with small children who are lone mothers and/or have never entered the work market, experience a long break in their employment path or work in low-skilled and no-protected jobs.


Objectives of JUMP’s actions

  • To increase social professionals’ capacity to frame help’s request within beneficiaries’ social/cultural/relational roots.
  • To provide social professionals with the tools necessary to read complexity of women work-family balance situation, also through an understanding of conciliation that goes beyond the mere provision of family care services.
  • To design, test and share innovative pedagogical methods of women guidance and empowerment across the JUMP partners, relational inclusion and employability.



Project Start Date: 01-11-2016
Project End Date: 31-08-2019




  • Ufficio Pio della Compagnia di San Paolo - ONLUS


  • ETA BETA S.c.s. (Turin, Italy);
  • CIRSDe - Università degli Studi di Torino (Turin, Italy); 
  • Fundación Senara (Madrid, Spain);
  • CESI - Centar za edukaciju, savjetovanje i istrazivanje (Zagreb, Croatia); 
  • EEO Group (Athens, Greece); KMOP - Kentro Merimnas Oikogeneias kai Paidio  (Athens, Greece)