WHOSEFVA (Working with Healthcare Organizations to Support Elderly Female Victims of Abuse), a two-year project co-funded by the European Commission under the Daphne programme, aimed to address the barriers and gaps which exist in healthcare settings to effectively support elderly women victims of abuse. The WHOSEFVA project was implemented in six partner countries: Austria, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Latvia and the UK.

The main objective of WHSOEFVA was to increase the capacity of domestic violence organizations to better represent the interests and voices of older women who are victims of abuse in healthcare and healthcare policy, thus helping to better comply with the desires of the EU. In order to ensure greater accessibility and sustainability of the trainings on a European-level, a WHOSEFVA online training programme was developed based on the training material to strengthen the capacity of domestic violence organizations to cooperate with healthcare providers in identifying and responding to gender-based violence among elderly women.

The published online training programme “Five signs of abuse” is available at the project website.

The project also produced the following materials:

Beneficiaries of the project included:

  • Health care organizations and their staff in partner countries
  • Social care and domestic violence workers in partner countries
  • Elderly female victims in partner countries
  • National and local policy makers
  • Local media / General public
  • European healthcare professionals, social workers, domestic violence staff, media

More information at the WHOSEFVA website.