Supporting survivors of violence in Europe: a training curriculum

The role of linguistic and cultural mediators


Refugees and migrants around the world face serious risks of violence, including sexual violence, exploitation and abuse. This is particularly true for women and girls whose migration experience is often characterized by gender-based violence (GBV). Men and boys are also targeted for violence including sexual violence.

Despite extensive exposure to GBV and sexual violence along migration routes, survivors who arrive in Europe face a variety of barriers that prevent them from accessing appropriate care. To overcome the language barrier, humanitarians rely on linguistic and cultural mediators (LCMs) and interpreters who can speak with the survivors.

That is why the Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC) and UNICEF developed this training curriculum, which aims to equip this vital group of humanitarian workers with the foundational knowledge they need to respond effectively to and support survivors of GBV and sexual violence. 


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