Violence in Transit is a European Project financed in the frame of the Daphne III Funding Programme of the DG Justice. It focuses on areas of transit and people’s flow, such as railway stations, long distance bus terminal, bus stations, to study street youth violence related phenomena and develop transferable models of intervention to tackle them.
Since long, drug dealing, prostitution, homelessness, traffic in human beings, urban deviance, street gangs have marked certain city areas, especially those where social control seems to be less strict, such as railway stations and transit areas in a broader sense. In such environments, young people are exposed to a number of social dynamics, in which social marginalization and unsocial behaviour, such as violent acts, are likely to predominate over other forms of interaction.
The Project Violence in Transit wants to deepen the knowledge of youth violence dynamics in Transit areas, moving from a research intervention (Work Stream 1) and outreach experimental actions and local community work (Work Stream 2) in railway and/or bus stations in Pescara (IT), Oporto (PT) and Barcelona (ES), and build on this knowledge a Spatial Welfare project (i.e. a project based on space/territory social planning).
Experience gained from the first part of the project will be used to create a Model of Interventions and Transferability (Work Stream 3), to be spread through the wider network of project partners and associates (Work Stream 4) to other areas of transit and flow, such as ports and country borders.
The partnership running the project has a long time experience in study and interventions in the field of social phenomena in transit areas. For example, the coordinator, On the Road Association from Pescara, Italy, runs the Help Center for marginalized people at the main railway station in the city. Europe Consulting ONLUS, from Rome, coordinates the network of help centers in 14 Italian cities. EAPN Portugal, being a national organisation connected to the European Antipoverty Network, has developed many projects with most vulnerable social groups, like prostitutes, drug addicted, homeless, Roma. APIP from Barcelona, Spain, has an over 25-year experience in training and labour inclusion of disadvantaged people.
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