VESTA. Training and virtual training of professional teams in the field of addictions in the face of violence against women in healthcare resources with the aim of training for the development of a gender healthcare protocol
To train professionals in the field of drug addiction in the prevention, detection and intervention in cases of violence against female drug addicts, with particular emphasis on training to develop and implement a gender protocol in each unit or resource of the participants.
VESTA is a nationwide training programme that aims to train the professional staff of care resources for people in a situation of drug addiction to develop a gender-sensitive care protocol. As several research studies (Episteme Social 2022 and 2023) show, the life processes of women drug users are still invisible. First of all, female drug addicts are currently a particularly stigmatised group. To be addicted to illegal substances and to be singled out for it is to violate at least two mandates: to be a drug addict and to be a female drug addict. During the so-called “heroin crisis” of the 1980s in Spain, the study of drug-dependent populations focused on ethnographic methods that sought to understand the realities of active drug users. At that time, the main profile was that of young or middle-aged Spanish men with a medium-low or low socioeconomic status. The main social resources created to alleviate this moment of consumption boom were designed for them. As a result, for more than thirty years, the needs of female drug users have been systematically overlooked in both prevention and intervention processes.
VESTA intends to meet this need by providing free training for the professional teams of the care resources. This training will make the professional collectives more aware of the specificities of women, will allow them to follow the resources and thus not only to deal directly with the problem of drug use, but also, and above all, to live in safe, non-violent spaces where their realities and lifestyles are fully understood.
Male violence, gender-based violence, gender support protocol, training.