The project aims to work especially on the needs of LGBTQI+ young people and LGBTQI+ migrants and refugees who have been particularly affected by forms of discrimination, abuse, and violence due to isolation and mobility restrictions during the pandemic. These gaps risk to further reproduce the pattern of social exclusion already experienced by LGBTQI+ people in many European contexts.

Basing on a long-term collaboration and the results achieved in preventing and responding to gender-based violence in the target countries, the associations and organisations cooperating in the FreeAll project recognise the shortcomings of the protection systems for LGBTQI+ survivors or those at risk of violence. These conditions have been exacerbated by the pandemic.

The organisations involved in the project intend to work together to strengthen the available legal, health, social, and judicial services in order to promptly identify and support LGBTQI+ survivors of gender-based violence.

Project objectives


  • To raise the awareness of frontline staff and teachers/educators on the protection and safety of LGBTQI+ persons and young people by providing gender-sensitive training, mutual learning, and capacity-building opportunities
  • To raise awareness and train LGBTQI+ people and the extended community on their rights and the protection services available in the different territories for referral actions
  • To promote more inclusive policy recommendations and good practices of protection services.

Project outcomes


  • Strengthening legal, social, health and judicial services to promptly identify and support LGBTQI+ survivors of sexual violence.
  • Consolidation of protection networks and inclusion of LGBTIQ associations in the response system as an informed reference channel to provide support to survivors.
  • Dissemination of recommendations and results obtained at national level in Italy, Spain, and Greece with the identification of a large-scale intervention model at European level.


  • Professionals on the frontline of the response to violence, to increase their skills in inclusion and response to the specific needs of LGBTQI+ people (work on gender stereotypes, violence, rights, and personal projects).
  • Secondary school teachers trained on the protection of LGBTQI+ rights among young people.
  • LGBTQI+ survivors of violence, discrimination and abuse directly supported with social, legal, healthcare and counselling activities (with a focus on young people and migrants and refugees).
  • Public and private services involved in network actions to combat LGBTQI+ violence.
  • Service professionals through on-the-job training actions.