In 2015, the three-year pilot project "PERSPEKTIVE:ARBEIT" (Perspective:work) was launched. The model project, which implemented the first social impact bond in Austria, aims to reintegrate women affected by violence into the labour market. The focus is on improving women’s economic and social independence.
The Upper Austria Violence Protection Centre and the Linz Women’s Shelter work closely with the Austrian Public Employment Service (AMS) and the women’s organisations at a local level. Joint target group-specific modules in the fields of support and aid for abused women, education and training, vocational guidance and job placement are available. Close collaboration at a local level offers an effective one-stop shop for supportive services.
The pilot phase ended in August 2018 after three years. A total of 311 women and 430 children used the various services. More than 180 women were employed on the first labour market and around 30 laid the foundations for professional integration through training and qualifications. The project is now being continued because of its success.
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