Domestic violence

Despite several campaigns and other actions taken by national and European bodies, violence against women is still a widespread human rights violation in Europe and beyond. The problem engages many civil society organisations (CSOs) in the EU member-countries. More research is needed which might inform changes on a policy level and the provision of services for both victims and perpetrators. CSOs and citizens have many questions that aren’t fully answered yet:

  • Do schools offer prevention programs for domestic violence and are they effective with young people?
  • What barriers keep women from leaving a violent relationship?
  • To what extent does alcohol misuse contribute to domestic violence and are the injuries due to alcohol misuse by the perpetrator more serious?
  • Do domestic violence service providers know enough about intercultural communication?
  • What about male victims of domestic violence?


In this online space, we invite views from civil society organisations and the public on different themes related to domestic violence. You can set the questions and take part in deciding the research agenda.
The PERARES consortium includes universities where researchers are actively researching domestic violence services and policy. We invite your views to help us arrive at key questions that can be researched by members of the PERARES consortium and others, in the future. Each online discussion will generate a summary report on the topics discussed with recommendations for follow-up research, which will be offered to the participating institutes. The debate site will be updated regularly with details relating to the progress of the associated research and results so far. If it is not possible to undertake the related research at the participating institutes, the research questions will be forwarded to the wider Living Knowledge network and other European research institutes which may be able to perform the requested research.

PERARES partners believe that if wider civil society has more of a say in setting research questions, then innovation is more likely to develop in ways that are responsive to societies’ needs. That’s our vision. Please take part and help us to promote research that directly addresses your hopes and concerns.