Some groups of people are more vulnerable to victimisation than the population as a whole: women and girls, the elderly, first generation migrants, notably children, and citizens with an immigrant background, homeless people… Such heightened vulnerability is reflected year after year in crime statistics throughout Europe.
Most national governments have specific policies in place to protect these population groups, but local and regional authorities also play a key role because they are directly in contact with them. Indeed, it is in a particular neighbourhood, in everyday life, that a woman is attacked, that a child who has recently arrived from a war-torn country wanders alone and unsupervised, that elderly citizens are lonely and are an easy prey to ill-intentioned people.
Efus has long been working with local and regional authorities on preventing violence against these population groups through the exchange of practices and knowledge and through advocacy with national authorities and European institutions.
Working group and European projects
Efus created in 2014 a working group on seniors upon an initiative of the Government of Catalonia and the City of Matosinhos. Contact Pilar de La Torre, Programme manager, to learn more.
Discover the actions implemented in communities across Europe through our summary documents, which present the key elements of each of these initiatives, including their context, objectives, activities, budget, evaluation. All of our practice and summary sheets can be found on Efus Network.
Update Summer 2015: Faced with the refugee crisis, Efus reiterates its call to the European Commission for the European Union to support local authorities confronted with serious humanitarian crises caused by important…