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The Escan project will be able to double the number of beneficiaries thanks to the financing of Obra Social "la Caixa" (09/11/2017)

Councilor for Women and Social Services, Estíbaliz Masegosa highlighted the importance of social involvement in gender violence during the presentation of a collaboration agreement of the Obra Social "la Caixa", which will provide 45,000 euros to the Solcan Association for the development of the Escan Project, which uses trained dogs for the recovery of women victims of gender violence.

The director of the Business Area of ​​La Caixa San Javier, Carlos Merelo and the representatives of the Escan Project, Fernando Soleto and Enriquez Cruz presented yesterday in San Javier City Council this financing agreement that will allow double the number of users benefiting from the program from 25 to 50 victims of gender violence who will have free access to the program.

The Escan project is promoted through an agreement with the Ministry of Family and Equality in the Care Centers for Women Victims of Violence, CAVI, as another resource for the recovery of victims who must pass a filter to access the program. of suitability by a multidisciplinary team, in addition to having a final judgment and a restraining order.

Once in the program, the link between the dog and the woman is worked on before starting a coexistence in which the dog will exercise not only as an instrument of personal defense but as a means of emotional recovery and personal self-esteem during a period of one year in which the dog has recognized the same access right as guide dogs for the blind.

Once the therapy year has elapsed, the dog will lose that right, although it may be delivered for life to its new owner.

The presentation ceremony was attended by Carmen Ingles, president of the Association of Families and Women of the Rural Environment that will serve as a belt of informative transmission of this therapy in rural areas "where gender violence has different characteristics to the urban environment".

From the Escan Project, they strive to disseminate information about this tool to which women voluntarily access and, in addition to reaching rural areas, they also intend to reach other regions.

The representative of "la Caixa", Carlos Merelo, said that "today is an important day because after two years of collaboration we reach a third edition in which with a significant contribution we will achieve that at least 20 more women have access to this therapy. "

The Councilor for Women, Estíbaliz Masegosa remarked the social involvement of the "la Caixa" Welfare Projects with the municipality and especially with a subject as sensitive as gender violence, as well as that of the Escan Association, "for its efforts to provide the society of one more instrument to help in the recovery of women who have been victims of gender violence ".

Source: Ayuntamiento de San Javier

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