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Bleeding Love aims to contribute to the prevention of domestic and dating violence against lesbians, bisexual women and transwomen in selected countries in the EU. It will investigate causes of domestic and dating violence; characteristics of abusers and modality of violence. In more detail it is the first attempt to gather data on domestic and dating violence against lesbians, bisexual women, and transwomen by collecting both legal texts and regulations, as well as national legislation, and good practices to prevent or resolve the occurrence of intimate violence.

In order to do that the project has four main objectives:

Firstly, the project will gather comprehensive information on violence against lesbians, bisexual women, and transwomen, which is still little reported;

Secondly, it will collect, compare and divulgate information regarding good practices devoted to the prevention of violence, and to raising awareness among lesbians, bisexual women, and transwomen in the EU.

Third concern will be given to the production of unique tools for legal professionals, health operators, and public officers in the EU to deal with this topic.

Finally, the project outputs will encourage legislators to better regulate on abuses and violence against lesbians, bisexual women, and transwomen in the EU.

The project, ending in February 2016, will cover eight jurisdictions of the European Union. In particular, the countries involved are Italy, United Kingdom, Croatia, Bulgaria, Hungary, Belgium, Lithuania, and Portugal.

The project will produce the following outputs:

1. one comparative research analysing causes of violence and good practices adopted to prevent or to sustain lesbian, bisexual and transgender victims of domestic and dating violence and related issues;
2. one innovative awareness campaign targeted at the women themselves and at the main public on this kind of violence;
3. one two-day international final conference.

Bleeding Love breaks new empirical and conceptual grounds, and proves significant as:

a) the first comparative study on good practices on domestic and dating violence, and related issues, against lesbians, bisexual women, and transwomen in the European Union;

b) unique development and promotion of an awareness campaign targeted at the main public but also at women themselves, including effects over children;

c) exceptional endorsement of exchange of information, best practices and networking within the European Union in the area of intimate violence, with specific reference to lesbians, bisexual women, and transwomen.

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