First IPV counsellor training sessions coming up


As part of the preparations for the STOP project, much effort and many thoughts have been put into how the video counselling sessions should be carried out. On January 11th – 13th, we reach an important milestone as we invite the first video counsellors to a specially developed training programme. The first group is Danish midwives appointed to the project. During the three days, the midwives will get to know more about what intimate partner violence is (IPV), how it affects the women and their unborn child, what tools can be used in the counselling sessions to help the woman acknowledge that she is in a violent relationship, how to empower the women, and also how to carry out a counselling sessions via video. And much more.

As COVID-19 is still a dominating factor in Europe, the training sessions will be done virtually. The virtual setting provides a great opportunity for the IPV counsellors to get used to the digital communication environment.

2nd Virtual Consortium Meeting and 2020 wrap up


On December 17th and December 19th, the STOP Consortium wrapped up 2020 with our second virtual consortium meeting. The purpose of the meeting was to wrap up our 2020 activities and the initial preparations and developments leading to the next phase of the STOP project – the intervention phase. During the meeting, the partners discussed the implementation plans for the screening tool, the video counselling sessions, and the safety planning app in both Denmark and in Spain.
The second consortium meeting was also the first meeting for the Advisory Board of the STOP project. The members (three IPV experts and two target group representatives) provided great input and feedback for the further work in the project. Input from external experts and representatives from the target group is crucial to develop sustainable solutions!

Stay tuned for news on the launch of the STOP intervention in February 2021!

STOP Consortium Meeting December 2020


The second consortium meeting of the STOP project was a virtual meeting and took place on December 17 and 18, 2020. During the meeting, the progress of each work package was discussed. The project’s Advisory Board attended the meeting and provided feedback and suggestions to the consortium.

Find the deliverable here: Second Consortium Meeting

Launched and ready to work!


September 1st 2020 marked a special day for the STOP consortium as our project was officially launched. On September 28th – 29th, the partners of the STOP project met for the official kick of meeting to set the stage for the next two years of working together.

The consortium had planned for a physical meeting in beautiful Granada but due to the COVID-19 situation, the meeting was converted to an online meeting. It is important that we keep each other safe in this time and the STOP kick off meeting was a brilliant example of how it is still possible to meet and keep momentum for a newly launched project.

During the meeting, we discussed, among many other things, elements in the development process towards the implementation of the intervention in our feasibility study and our multidisciplinary assessment to be carried out as part of the project. The STOP project addresses a specifically vulnerable target group, pregnant women exposed to intimate partner violence, so we have great responsibility in terms of ethical aspects in our work.

The partners in the project are experts in the field across their respective disciplines and the kick off meeting really showed that great work lays ahead of us. We look forward to sharing our experiences along the way here on our website


STOP Consortium Meeting September 2020 - Kick Off Meeting


During the STOP project’s Kick Off, the participants discussed and planned the work to be done in each work package. The practicalities of the different screening process and the screening tools and cutoff levels were debated. The timing of the training sessions for midwives was considered; both the Danish and the Spanish teams expressed concern that the original timing of the sessions was premature and that it would benefit the project to move the training closer to when the screening begins. The current flare-up of COVID-19 has further emphasized this need. Issues with inclusion and exclusion criteria were debated, and it was suggested that the involved midwives may have to play a larger role in determining whom to include. The features of the safety planning app were discussed in detail, and based on perceived applicability and usability, the participants agreed on which to include and which to scrap. As the STOP project could be an excellent opportunity to gain better insight into the prevalence of IPV, different studies to be part of the project were presented, along with a strategy for a multidisciplinary assessment the effects of STOP. The upcoming feasibility study and preparation of further studies on IPV was only briefly discussed, as this work is still some time away.

Find the deliverable here: D1-5