Training from the Norwegian organization “Alternative to Violence”
Wednesday, Feb 23

The “Time to Talk” project started in December 2021, with the non-profit, charitable and cultural organization Drama Ladies Union- House of Open Hospitality as implementation body, in the context of the Active Citizens Fund program, with Bodossaki Foundation and Solidarity Now as grant managers.

The first educational trip of the Norwegian organization “Alternative to Violence” will take place at the beginning of April 2022, provided that the epidemiological data allow it. Through the three-day training, the staff of Drama Ladies Union-House of Open Hospitality, along with representatives of the Social Services of the Municipality of Drama, as well as the Police of Drama, will be trained on the most effective management of the abuser of gender-based violence and on the good practices adopted by the organization in terms of combating of the vicious cycle of gender-based violence.

The President, Ms. Aliki Tsiamoura, being extremely happy and moved stated: “We are looking forward to the training from the Norwegian organization “Alternative to Violence”, with 30 years of experience in managing the abuser of gender-based violence. This is a big step, not only for the city of Drama, but also for all of Greece.”

“Alternative to Violence” started in 1987 as the first treatment center in Europe for male abusers. In its long course, its three main pillars are related to: Research, Training, Treatment.

At the same time, the updating process for have already started. This site will inform and raise awareness about all forms of violence. It will also include an online game-quiz. The content of this game-quiz is finalized. It includes scenarios where the player has a role and is called to respond on how he/she would react at a possible gender-based violence incident as an observer, victim or abuser. The graphics and its integration into the website are soon to be completed.

If you are experiencing abusive behavior, the Helpline of Drama Ladies Union-House of Open Hospitality “(+30)2521058888” (Monday-Friday 8:00 – 15:00) is staffed by specially trained personnel that provides psychological and legal support. Get informed and become aware through it.

“Time to Talk” is implemented in the context of the Active citizens fund program, with Drama Ladies Union-House of Open Hospitality as implementation body. The €13.5 million Active Citizens Fund program is funded by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway and is part of the European Economic Area (EEA) financial mechanism for the period 2014 – 2021, known as EEA Grants. The program aims at fortifying and strengthening the sustainability of civil society and at highlighting its role in promoting democratic processes, strengthening citizens’ participation in society and defending human rights. The management of the grant of the Active Citizens Fund program for Greece has been jointly undertaken by the Bodossaki Foundation and SolidarityNow. For more information: