The WHO defines domestic violence as any violent act that is perpetrated between two people that have, or had, an intimate relationship and that result, or has the probability to result, in physical, psychological or sexual suffering.

Domestic Violence acts may be considered as coercion, intimidation, threat or limitation of freedom behaviors, executed arbitrary, from one partner to another, in public or private contexts.

Thus, domestic violence is characterized by verbal and/or other behavioral violent acts that cause suffering and has a negatively impact in physical and psychological health.

Domestic violence is a threat to the human rights.

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DOVE is an European project involving eight countries: Portugal, Spain, United Kingdom, Belgium, Germany, Sweden, Hungary and Greece. The aim of this project is to describe and understand the dynamics of domestic violence in the general population and to identify the frequency, the determinants, the most prevalent types of domestic violence, and the physical and psychological consequences of being exposed to domestic violence.

DOVE project also intends to find out the policies and laws directed to domestic violence in each of those countries, so that best practices can be identified and shared.

To attain these objectives the project will recruit, in each country, a representative sample of people (males and females) aged 18 to 64 years old.

The findings of this study will contribute to better knowledge, prevention and intervention against domestic violence.

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Domestic violence is a major public health issue, present in every population and across all the societies structures. It can affect everybody, regardless of sex, age, socioeconomic status, religion, or any other individual characteristics.

The social response to domestic violence consequences is the task of a set of institutions (governmental and non-governmental organizations) acting in many areas, particularly justice, social security and health.

The final goal of their work is to decrease the frequency of domestic violence, through primary prevention, raising awareness and promoting empowerment. Additionally, these institutions provide to domestic violence victims health, social, personal and economic support.

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There is no scientific knowledge and no bases are available for public health action without the collaboration of people. Even if one considers that being interviewed is boring and somewhat unuseful, it really has a major importance to the community.

Public health problems can't be researched without the participation of people. Health and social issues are present in the population everyday life and the major objective is to try to understand how we can help to improve people's quality and quantity of life. We also know that larger studies are more prone to represent the population, which is essential for better planning. Thus refusal to participate is researchers nightmare.

There are many reasons to consider participating in an investigation about domestic violence. By doing so, you will benefit yourself or others, now or in the future. Advances in scientific knowledge, be it in the area of domestic violence are only possible because people previously volunteer to respond to interviews and questionnaires.

Joining, this investigation can help to increase knowledge and understanding of domestic violence and even how it specifically affects you (or someone that you know). People that participated in this kind of studies report that they received good quality information that helps them in someway and that the overall experience was beneficial.

Ultimately, being a DOVE participant is your free decision. You must make up your own mind based upon a thorough evaluation of the information presented to you. Please read the detailed study description and do not hesitate to contact us. We would like to count on you in this journey that will help the researchers and the health professionals to understand how to deal and minimize domestic violence in Europe. 

If you are chosen to participate, this is the result of a random procedure: it was really by chance and not because we know anything (that we dont) about you.

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