To this end, the following activities constitute the most relevant outcomes which are expected to be developed throughout the project life cycle:
- Transnational analysis of legislation/policies, as well as victims and key professionals’ perspectives (several national reports and one transnational report);
- Workshops to exchange experiences and promote cooperation
- Handbook on best practices
- Development of a training for trainers module and training pilots
- Awareness-raising and dissemination activities (press releases, media articles; scientific papers; one position paper; awareness-raising video; and one final conference).
Through the development of these activities, COUNTER-HATER project expects as a result increased understanding about the transposition of Victims’ Directive and the implementation of national policies as well as improved knowledge about the professionals and victims’ experiences.
These activities are expected to contribute to an increased exchange of the successful measures among professionals and a strengthened cooperation between public and private bodies as well as a wider and increased public and private organizations of victims' support.
The project includes a desk research analysis to elucidate whether participating countries have successfully transposed the Victim’s Directive regarding the generic and specialized services (art.8 and 9), and to analyse whether those measures are well implemented on the ground (by maintaining a victims’ centered and intersectional approaches). Following this analysis, a qualitative and quantitative research (through in-depth interviews and a survey) will be conducted to analyse the experiences and opinions of victims and key professionals. The main purpose of the interviews is to gather interviewees’ perspectives of existing policies and services regarding hate crimes, the current role of public bodies in victims’ assistance, as well as to identify specific needs in relation to different types of bias-motivated violence and the overlapping of oppression factors.
Complementing the qualitative research, a survey will be conducted in each country with the aim to gather the viewpoints of civil organizations that fight against bias-motivated violence in relation to the existing legal and policy frameworks and the needs of victims. This survey allows us not only to extend the research sample, but also to know the successful initiatives in the participating countries.
The research process will end up with a comparative and transnational research, which will provide an overall perspective and will contribute to the detection of common trends and gaps.