Community Research and Development Information Service - CORDIS

Programme funding

EUR 50 million

Official Journal Reference

L143 of 2004-04-30

Legislative Reference

Decisione n. 803/2004/CE of 2004-04-21
The objective of the Daphne II programme is to prevent and combat violence against children, young people and women and to protect victims and groups at risk.


The Daphne II programme contributes to the general objective of providing citizens with a high level of protection from violence, including protection of physical and mental health. The aim of the programme is to prevent and combat all forms of violence, occurring in the public or the private domain, against children, young people and women by taking preventive measures and by providing support for victims and groups at risk, including in particular the prevention of future exposure to violence.

Daphne II also assists and encourages non-governmental and other organisations active in this field, and favours the setting up of transnational frameworks for training, information, study and exchange of good practice becaus the objectives cannot be sufficiently achieved by the single member states alone.


The actions to be implemented under the Daphne II programme are intended:
- a) to promote transnational actions;
- b) to implement complementary actions on the initiative of the Commission (studies, the formulation of indicators, data gathering, statistics broken down by gender and by age, seminars, and meetings of experts or other activities to reinforcing the programme's knowledge base) and to disseminate the information obtained under this programme.

A.) Transnational actions:
1. Identification and exchange of good practice and work experience
The objective is to support and encourage the exchange, adaptation and use of good practice with special emphasis on:
- prevention;
- protection and support to victims;
- procedures to protect the best interests of children, particularly those who are victims of prostitution, young people and women who are the victims of violence;
- measurement of the real impact of the different types of violence on victims and society within Europe, in order to establish an appropriate response.

2. Mapping surveys, studies and research
The objective is to study different phenomena related to violence to:
- explore and assess the various causes, circumstances and mechanisms of the emergence and growth of violence, including coercion to carry out actions such as begging or theft;
- analyse and compare existing prevention and protection models;
- develop prevention and protection practice;
- assess the impact of violence, also in terms of health, both on victims and on society as a whole, including the economic costs;
- study the scope for developing filters which prevent the forwarding of paedophile material via the Internet.
- undertake studies on children who are the victims of prostitution in order to help prevent this phenomenon by means of better knowledge about the risk factors.

3. Field work with the involvement of the beneficiaries
The objective is to actively implement proven methods in the prevention of and protection from violence and to support the implementation of methods, training modules and assistance (psychological, medical, social, educational, legal, and to reintegration) directly involving the beneficiaries.

4. Creation of sustainable multidisciplinary networks
The objective is to support the establishment and strengthening of multidisciplinary networks and to encourage and support cooperation between NGOs and the various organisations and public bodies, in order to improve the level of knowledge and understanding of one another's roles and to provide comprehensive multi-disciplinary support to victims of violence and to those at risk. The networks will carry out activities to address the problems of violence, geared to:
- producing a common framework for the analysis of violence, including the definition of different types of violence, the causes of violence and all its consequences, and for the implementation of appropriate multi-sector responses;
- assessing the types and effectiveness of measures and practices for the prevention and detection of violence, and for the provision of support for victims of violence, in particular to ensure that they are never again exposed to violence;
- promoting activities to tackle this problem at both international and national level.

5. Training and design of educational packages
The objective is to develop educational packages on the prevention of violence and on positive treatment and to design and test educational packages and actions on the prevention of violence against children, young people and women and on positive treatment, as well as on conflict management, for use in schools and adult educational institutions, associations, undertakings, public institutions and NGOs.

6. Development and implementation of treatment programmes
The objective is to develop and implement treatment programmes for victims and people at risk, such as children and young people who witness domestic violence, on the one hand, and perpetrators on the other hand, with the aim of preventing violence. To detect the possible causes, circumstances and mechanisms of the emergence and growth of violence including the nature and motivation of perpetrators of violence and exploiters of commercial violence such as sexual or non-sexual exploitation. To develop, test and implement treatment programmes based on the above findings.

7. Awareness-raising actions targeting specific audiences
The objective is to raise awareness and the level of understanding of violence and the prevention of violence against children, young people and women with the aim of promoting zero tolerance of violence, the provision of support to victims and groups at risk, and the reporting of incidences of violence. The following types of actions, amongst others, are eligible for support:
- development and implementation of information and awareness-raising actions aimed at children, young people and women, in particular on the potential risks of violence and ways of avoiding them; other publics to be targeted could also include specific professions such as teachers, educators, medical doctors, youth or social workers, lawyers, police authorities and the media;
-development of Community-wide information sources to assist and inform NGOs and public bodies about publicly available information relevant to the field of violence, the means of preventing it and the rehabilitation of victims, compiled by governmental, non-governmental, academic and other sources; this should enable information to be integrated into all the relevant information systems;
-encouragement of the introduction of measures and specific services to increase reporting to the authorities of violence and different forms of trade in children, young people and women for sexual and non-sexual exploitation;
- promotion of publicity campaigns, using mass means of communication, focusing on the condemnation of violence and the provision of support for victims in the form of psychological, moral and practical assistance.

B.) Complementary actions:
In order to ensure that all areas of the programme are fully covered, even in the absence of (suitable) proposals for a given area, the Commission will carry out more proactive activities to fill any gaps. Consequently, the programme will finance complementary actions, on the Commission's initiative to:
-enable the development of indicators on violence, so that the quantified impact of policies and projects can be measured. This must be based on existing experience of all forms of violence against children, young people and women;
- set up a procedure for regular and sustainable data collection, preferably with the assistance of Eurostat, in order to be able to quantify violence in the Union more accurately;
- identify policy issues, wherever possible, in the light of the work achieved by funded projects, with the aim of suggesting common policies on violence at Community level and reinforcing judicial practice;
- analyse and evaluate the funded projects in order to prepare for a European Year against violence;
- disseminate on a Europe-wide scale good practices stemming from funded projects.


The Commission is responsible for the management and implementation of the Daphne II and ensures that any result or product funded by this programme is available free of charge and in electronic form. The Commission ensures a balanced approach, in respect of the three target groups (children, young people and women) with regard to the implementation of the programme. A Committee that adopts its own rules of procedure will assist the Commission.

The Commission takes all necessary measures to ensure the monitoring and continuous evaluation of the Daphne II. At the latest by 1 June 2006, the Commission needs to submit an evaluation report to the European Parliament and to the Council, assessing the relevance, utility, sustainability, effectiveness and efficiency of the Daphne II programme so far. This report shall include an ex-ante evaluation in order to support possible future action.

The Daphne II is open to participation by public and private organisations and institutions working to prevent, protect or combat violence against children, young people and women. The programme is open to participation for organizations from the EFTA/EEA countries, Romania, Bulgaria and Turkey. Projects need to involve at least two member states, have a maximum duration of two years and be geared to the objectives of the programme.

The financial framework for the implementation of the Daphne II programme for the period from 1 January 2004 to 31 December 2008 is set at EUR 50 million. The annual appropriations shall be authorised by the budgetary authority within the limits of the financial perspective. Funding decisions shall be followed by grant agreements between the Commission and the beneficiaries of the grant. The proportion of financial support from the Community budget shall not exceed 80 % of the total cost of the project.
However, the complementary actions initiated by the Commission, such as studies, the formulation of indicators, data gathering, statistics broken down by gender and by age, seminars, and meetings of experts or other activities to reinforce the programme's knowledge base and to disseminate the information obtained under this programme may be financed up to 100 %, subject to a ceiling of 15 % of this programme's total annual financial allocation.

The Commission may have recourse, in carrying out the programme, to technical assistance organizations and to experts, the financing of which will be provided for within the overall financial framework.


DAPHNE II was established by a Council decision No 803/2004/EC of 21 April 2004. The programme covers the period 2004-2008 and has a budget of 50 million euro.
Record Number: 835 / Last updated on: 2014-03-05