EIGE is examining the factors which encourage witnesses of intimate partner violence to report to the police and relevant authorities. The study will assess the types of witnesses that are most likely to report intimate partner violence, as well as the types of environment that are most likely to facilitate reporting.
The study will collect information on the most effective approaches to encourage witness reporting in EU member states. This information will be used to help decision-makers improve the level of response to intimate partner violence. The study will also lay out recommendations for how member states can engage witnesses in the long-term in order to tackle low reporting rates of violence against women.
The project will involve a review of documentation at the EU and member state level. In-depth research will be conducted in four member states. This will involve interviews with witnesses who have reported intimate partner violence, interviews with professionals who work with witnesses, and focus groups with the general public.