ARPA - ARt Psychology against Abuse




Male violence has its background in interpersonal, familiar and social distorted relationships. This phenomenon affects every social class, despite the fact that people suffering cultural and economic inequalities get the worse deal, as these hideous factors lead to violent and abusive behaviours.


The relevance of such a problem has visibly sprouted in the last two decades once male violence has become an increasingly phenomenon at work, in the social context or at home.

On the other hand, the historical and cultural progress in our society has entitled women to be aware of their rights, both in the social context and at home. This growing awareness about gender-based violence has pushed many non-profit associations to take part in the issue. Nonetheless, different hidden aspects related to emotional obstacles that women find when talking about this matter, either by shame, fear or reprisals, make difficult to measure the real incidence of the phenomenon. However, there is a huge restrain coming from an information and education lack in the society, which affects the problem solution.


Therefore, ARPA’s goal is increasing awareness and sensitising. To this end, psychoeducational actions are taken, as well as a guide preventing any kind of violent behaviour. These measures are a synergetic continuation of the “European Years” framework, focused on different targets:


  • Year 2013: European Year of Citizens
  • Year 2012: European Year for Acting Ageing
  • Year 2011: European Year of Volunteering
  • Year 2010: European Year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion




The “Daphne III” programme intends to prevent and confront violence wielded against children, young people and women. Among the priorities, we have decided to focus on raising awareness about male violence.



In order to reach that goal, ARPA aims to launch a series of informational and experiential workshops for the most vulnerable targets: young people, immigrants, handicapped and old people. These workshops are divided in two parts and they gather powerful tools such as video modelling and advisory services. They play an important civil role by showing up the existence of the phenomenon, becoming our society’s mirror and inviting us to reflect our feelings when it comes to topics of such an importance.

The first part of these workshops focuses mainly on the information about the violence variety (physical, psychological, economic, sexual and harassing) and on the extension and dissemination this problem has. It analyses the gender stereotypes, the models spread by mass media, the social and familiar culture, and how this one is related to male violence.


The second part is experiential and it works on personal models and stereotypes. Participants can put themselves in the shoes of the victim and the abuser, so it may increase their awareness about these behaviours. Once done this, they will be able to contrast and reach some positive relational methods.            The purpose of these workshops is thus make them realise and prevent violence in any kind of emotional, social and professional relationships.




Working groups


WG 1 — Experiencial workshops and Advisory services.


WG 2 — Forum and social networks related to male violence.


WG 3 — Researches and publications.


Participant countries: 3


Coordinating Partner: Italy 

Associated Partners: PT, SP 

Budget requested: 106,565.00 €