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Unheard Voices: Developing the East Central European Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse

Finance: European Association of Schools of Social Work

Realization time: 1 Decemer  2014 – 30 January 2016


Information: The project brought together scholars and practitioners from across East Central Europe, EU  and beyond. Six formal partners (members of EASSW) from Poland (Pedagogical University of Cracow, University of Warsaw, University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn, and the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan), Slovenia (University of Ljubljana), and Bulgaria (University of Ruse) came together with informal participants (i.e. not in the EASSW) from Bulgaria, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, and Romania. Comparative work also involved voices from Canada, United States and Israel. Scholars, legislators, practitioners and professionals from participating member states established several cooperation programs. The aim was to initiate a  network for cooperation in teaching and research, and to translate the findings into effective and proactive educational practices, social work practicesand social policy initiatives.



  1. Organization of a conference to reach a consensus on definition, forms and extent of elder abuse in East Central Europe:

The conference was organized in cooperation with the Polish Ministry of Labour and Social Policy. It was held on the 12th of May, 2015, in the facilities of the Ministry, at 1/3/5 Nowogrodzka st, Warsaw, Poland.

  1. Publication of conference findings in a report of policy recommendations and a collection of studies.

Violence against the elderly: Challenges-Research-Action, eds. K. Jagielska, J.M. Łukasik, N.G. Pikuła, Toronto 2015, ISBN 978-0-9950471-0-5 (pp. 303)