The goal of the project was to improve the effectiveness, appropriateness, and humanity of sexual assault services by reviewing current practice and taking on board user attitudes to interventions following sexual assault, and therefore decrease the social, mental and health harm caused to the victims of sexual assault.
The main objectives of the project were:
The project was divided into four workstreams, which were developed between April 2010-April 2013:
Workstream 1: Mapping the current situation.
Objective: To map the current situation in the EU in terms of models of interventions for victims of sexual assault, and identify key stakeholders across the EU.
Workstream 2: Developing a research and evaluation tool, and utilising it to develop an evaluation of models of intervention
Objective: To develop a research and evaluation tool and resources to evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency of interventions for victims of sexual assault, using a user focused approach. To carry out a number of case studies and peer learning missions to assess the strengths and weaknesses of various intervention models from the perspective of the users, and the effectiveness and efficiency from the point of view of the policy makers, including a consideration of the transferability of the intervention model to different social and cultural settings.
Workstream 3: Dissemination of findings
Objective: To ensure the rapid and effective dissemination across the EU and more widely of the products and findings of the project.
Workstream 4: Developing training materials and trainers
Objective: To develop training materials which include best practice and the user perspective in order to improve services EU wide.
More information about the project can be obtained on the project website cosai.eu