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The Union of Women Associations of Heraklion Prefecture (UWAH) is a Greek NGO located on the Island of Crete, focused on the promotion of women rights and gender equality. Since 2015, UWAH has participated and led several EU and EEA grants projects and currently runs several interventions for the prevention and elimination of IPV. Furthermore, it operates a 24/7 emergency telephone line, a Shelter for women victims of domestic violence, a Counselling Centre, and a Shelter for abandoned children. Visit UWAH website at www.kakopoiisi.gr/english/


The Department of Psychology, established in 1984 at Rethymno, belongs to the School of Social Science of the University of Crete. It is the first and the oldest Department of Psychology in Greece. The Department offers a multilevel Undergraduate Program of Studies covering a wide range of subject-topics in fundamental areas of psychology science; providing students with the necessary resources in terms of theory, research and practical training. Seminars and lab courses (e.g. on Counselling Skills training, Criminology, Victimization, Criminal – Forensic Psychology) are also incorporated.
An MSc course in “Clinical Interventions in Addictions” is offered; providing postgraduate education and training by focusing on the most recent psychological, biological and ecological approaches in considering, preventing and treating drug abuse. Visit UoC website at www.psychology.uoc.gr


RIIKK – Institute for Gender, Equality and Difference at the University of Iceland was founded in 1991 and has since been a leading institution in the field of women’s, gender, and equality research in Iceland.  The Institute promotes interdisciplinary gender research and the dissemination of research results and information. RIKK develops, administrates, and provides funding for research projects, hosts international and local conferences, and runs a public lecture series, symposia, and workshops. Visit the RIKK website at https://rikk.hi.is/en/



The University of Tartu (UT) is Estonia’s national university as well as Estonia’s leading centre of research and training. UT belongs to the top 1.2% of world’s best universities and stresses the importance of international co-operation and partnerships with reputable research universities all over the world. Moreover, the Johan Skytte Institute of UT has extensive experience in project evaluation (eg.” WHOSEFVA”, “TISOVA”, “CYBERSAFE”) and has also conducted research on gender violence in Estonia, which will prove useful in MARISSA. Visit UT website at  www.skytte.ut.ee/en


Women Support & Information Centre (WSIC) is a non-profit organization, founded in 2002 as the first shelter for women victims of violence in Estonia and has worked on several international projects since 2006. WSIC focuses on creating conditions for stopping the mechanisms of domestic violence, to enable rehabilitation and resocialization of survivors and reduce the risk of repeated violence by offering comprehensive assistance to victims. WSIC has extensive expertise in gender violence issues, in particular intimate partner violence and as part of its activities it organizes different trainings and workshops for numerous stakeholders. Visit WSIC’s website at www.wsic.ee.


The Root (Rótin) is an Icelandic women’s organization that offers psychosocial groups, courses, support groups and individual specialized counselling to women based on trauma-informed and gender responsive evidence-based programmes. Rótin also offers training to professionals working with IPV and SUB and cooperates with Bjarkarhlíð, Family Justice Center for survivors of violence, and offers it services there, the Women’s shelter in Reykjavík, offering training for staff and support for the women in the shelter and other organizations and service providers.  Rótin is also offering psychosocial groups in the second largest residential treatment center in Iceland, Hlaðgerðarkot. Visit The Root‘s website at www.rotin.is/english/