About

Metzineres. Environments of Shelter for Womxn who Use Drugs Surviving Violences is the first integrated harm reduction program from Catalonia exclusively for women. With holistic and individualized scopes tailored to the particularities of anybody, it offers direct and immediate access to flexible proposals in accordance with women´s expectations, disquietudes, curiosities, interests and needs. Throughout an innovatively daring grassroots intervention model, unfolded in Environments of Shelter, sustained by community-based strategies anchored in human rights and gender mainstreaming, that prove reliable, pragmatic, cost-effective, where every woman is a protagonist.

Environments of Shelter

Metzineres is displayed by Environments of Shelter where they may take part and wander in virtue of their demands of wellbeing, circumstances, ambivalences, mutable degrees of involvement and entrust for accompaniment. It is about mitigating possibilities of failure as to avoid revictimization or secondary traumatisation.

The meanwhile

The Meanwhile

Environment for healing, training and recovery

The Meanwhile is open to all WUDSV, with a refreshing agenda of training, occupational, cultural and leisure activities. Easing basic needs, giving social health careness and deploying a wide range of choices for self-healing, bonding, wisdom sharing, self-defence, solidarity and mutual support, whilst seeking to enhance technical proficiency and advocacy.

The meanwhile

The Plucky

Environment for productivity

The Plucky fosters professional worth, entrepreneurship and job opportunities satisfying to WUDSV that challenge hampering labour markets, stimulates employability with regular steady incomes, and potentiates skills, boosts self-sufficiency, inspires personal growth.

The meanwhile

The Cover

Environment for housing

The Cover becomes secure housing that invites serenity, intimacy, rest and protection for WUDSV in situation of homelessness or that have run from home, laying at their will a whole range of therapeutic elements to propitiate stability.

Metrics

Last update: October 1st, 2021

Womxn (% from 285)

Cis Woman23582.4%
Transgender woman3512.2%
Intersexual20.7%
Non binary41.4%
No info93.1%

Old bands (% from 285)

From 20 to 29 years old4114.3%
From 30 to 39 years old8128.4%
From 40 to 49 years old7827.3%
From 50 to 59 years old3913.6%
60 or older113.8%
No info3512.2%

Vulnerability factors (% de 254)

Adult over 55 years old207.87%
Young4316.93%
Migratory experience10039.37%
Irregular administrative situation3312.99%
Functional diversity228.66%
Racialized5320.87%
LGTBIQ5923.23%
Sexual worker5019.69%
Sex for survival6023.62%
Problems related to drug use18874.02%
Ranks of mental health11846.46%
Homeless17970.47%
Without cover10440.94%
Imprisonment8433.07%
Others72.76%
Coinfection HIV + HCV218.27%

Where is accompaniment undertaken? (% de 21814)

La VidAlegre1842484.46%
Outside activity19608.99%
Shelter140.06%
Street6543.00%
Telephone16757.68%
Social media1580.72%
Home address360.17%
Hospital20.01%
Prison50.02%
XADUD10294.72%
Other13996.41%

Foundations (% de 21814)

Condoms4231.94%
Food1890686.67%
Sleep by day238910.95%
Shower272712.50%
Housing5202.38%
Image20419.36%
NSP7523.45%
Washing / drying machine12145.57%
Clothing swap19689.02%
Thelephone/ Internet406118.62%
Transport4131.89%
Chat / Mutual suport1338561.36%

Activities performed (% de 1443)

Total women that participated: 192

Different activities: 36

Art and creativity59241.03%
Self-protection and empowering1288.87%
Community and neighborhood886.10%
Care and healing21214.69%
Participation and activism39827.58%
Production and entrepreneurship 32322.38%

Educational intervention (% de 22942)

Approach to sexual work8383.65%
Accompaniment5142.24%
Counseling / Information21449.35%
"ConSumo Cuidado"596826.01%
Active listening2189795.45%
Contact with family abd/or partner4131.80%
Conflict resolution7813.40%
Followup1788377.95%
Emotional support1161850.64%
Addressing violences22729.90%

Sanitary intervention (% de 9375)

Accompaniment1351.44%
Anamnesis241825.79%
Attention in street80.09%
Consultation464549.55%
Cure98810.54%
Domiciliary visit170.18%
Unexpected effects of consumption230.25%
Followup742779.22%
Overdose150.16%
Treatment545358.17%
Urgency1401.49%

Social work (% de 1446)

Acompaniment1027.05%
Family contact120.83%
Derivation674.63%
Initial interview14710.17%
Employability120.83%
Followup on site14710.17%
Follow-up of the case (articulation with other RSS feeds)62343.08%
Followup on telephone1117.68%
Tracking58040.11%
Procedures1369.41%
Visit in other places70.48%
Domiciliary visit or other places of residence or stay 171.18%

Coordinations and derivation with other services: 1573

External coordination: 1381

External derivation: 189

Other83453.02%
Social rights 311.97%
Drugs25616.27%
Gender17010.81%
Legal-criminal 211.34%
Labour market120.76%
Health795.02%
Mental health231.46%
Homelessness 32220.47%

Violences during childhood

60 Unique women. 21.05% from all women registered

Familiar environment36
consultar revisar18
Nearby environment7
Social care system3
Judicial system2

Violences and traumas from the familiar environment

5 Unique women. 1.75% from all women registered

Physical aggressions20.70%
Sexual aggressions20.70%
Rape10.35%
Psychological aggressions20.70%
Verbal aggression20.70%
Unjustified deprivation / limitation of resources10.35%
Family breakdown20.70%
Criminalization20.70%
Family intrusion10.35%
Vulnerability confidentiality / intimacy10.35%
Psychological abuse20.70%
Stigma20.70%

Violences and traumas from laboral environment

1 Unique women. 0.35% from all women registered

Sexual aggressions10.35%

Violences and traumas suffered by the structural institutional environment

4 Unique women. 1.40% from all women registered

Electricity cut10.35%
Eviction20.70%

Violences and traumas from sexual or sex-affective couple

82 Unique women. 28.77% from all women registered

Physical aggressions6823.86%
Physical abuse41.40%
Sexual aggressions134.56%
Rape93.16%
Psychological aggressions6221.75%
Verbal aggression4716.49%
Unjustified deprivation / limitation of resources238.07%
Other165.61%
Psychological abuse93.16%
Stigma10.35%
Harassment31.05%
Social isolation10.35%

Violences and traumas in socio-community environment suffered nearby people

40 Unique women. 14.04% from all women registered

Physical aggressions207.02%
Physical abuse20.70%
Sexual aggressions72.46%
Rape62.11%
Psychological aggressions155.26%
Verbal aggression165.61%
Unjustified deprivation / limitation of resources93.16%
Other93.16%
Criminalization10.35%
Psychological abuse20.70%
Stigma41.40%
Harassment51.75%
Sexual harassment10.35%
Social isolation10.35%
Health care inattention10.35%

Violences and traumas in socio-community environment suffered by strangers

35 Unique women. 12.28% from all women registered

Physical aggressions217.37%
Physical abuse10.35%
Sexual aggressions103.51%
Rape103.51%
Psychological aggressions62.11%
Verbal aggression72.46%
Unjustified deprivation / limitation of resources41.40%
Other93.16%
Family breakdown10.35%
Criminalization10.35%
Psychological abuse10.35%
Stigma62.11%
Harassment20.70%
Sexual harassment10.35%

Violence and trauma suffered by the social care system

26 Unique women. 9.12% from all women registered

Other62.11%
Family intrusion72.46%
Vulnerability confidentiality / intimacy103.51%
Psychological abuse31.05%
Not supporting idiomatic barriers51.75%
Stigma207.02%
Ignorance of complaints, demands, complaints or requests165.61%

Violence and trauma suffered by the health care system

33 Unique women. 11.58% from all women registered

Unjustified deprivation / limitation of resources10.35%
Other62.11%
Criminalization10.35%
Family intrusion10.35%
Vulnerability confidentiality / intimacy93.16%
Psychological abuse20.70%
Not supporting idiomatic barriers41.40%
Stigma196.67%
Ignorance of complaints, demands, complaints or requests51.75%
Health care inattention31.05%
Pregnancy / maternity in prison10.35%
Mechanical containment 31.05%

Violences and traumas suffered by the judicial system

23 Unique women. 8.07% from all women registered

Psychological aggressions20.70%
Other41.40%
Institutionalization10.35%
Criminalization41.40%
Psychological abuse10.35%
Preventive prison20.70%
Security deposit / fine unavailable62.11%
Disproportionate condemnation113.86%
Multiple short jails51.75%
False conviction20.70%
Stigma113.86%
Inadequate defense62.11%
Social isolation10.35%
Ignorance of complaints, demands, complaints or requests31.05%
Denial of permits and penitentiary benefits10.35%

Violences and traumas suffered by the police system

25 Unique women. 8.77% from all women registered

Physical aggressions51.75%
Physical abuse10.35%
Sexual aggressions20.70%
Rape10.35%
Psychological aggressions62.11%
Verbal aggression41.40%
Unjustified deprivation / limitation of resources10.35%
Other41.40%
Criminalization10.35%
Psychological abuse10.35%
Stigma51.75%
Harassment62.11%
Access to treatment as a form of coercion20.70%
Eviction31.05%
Ignorance of complaints, demands, complaints or requests10.35%
Fined for COVID1920.70%

Violences and traumas suffered by the penitentiary system

22 Unique women. 7.72% from all women registered

Physical aggressions31.05%
Sexual aggressions10.35%
Rape20.70%
Psychological aggressions20.70%
Verbal aggression20.70%
Unjustified deprivation / limitation of resources20.70%
Other62.11%
Institutionalization31.05%
Criminalization72.46%
Psychological abuse31.05%
Preventive prison10.35%
Disproportionate condemnation20.70%
Multiple short jails20.70%
Stigma103.51%
Inadequate defense10.35%
Access to treatment as a form of coercion31.05%
Social isolation93.16%
Ignorance of complaints, demands, complaints or requests51.75%
Health care inattention51.75%
Scatter20.70%
Barriers to PMM access20.70%
Indigence in prison51.75%
Prison isolation20.70%
Withdrawal of custody31.05%
Denial of permits and penitentiary benefits41.40%
Threats and / or coercion82.81%
Torture or vexatious treatment31.05%
Fined for COVID1910.35%

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The transcendence of the almost 40 daily accompaniments undertaken by Metzineres, committing to heart warmth the wellbeing of more than 220 brave women, currently participating in the project, has shown along the two years of implementation, extraordinary results, exceeding our best expectations.

Despite the broad commitment of all of us in Metzineres, the countless alliances linked to the social and solidarity economy as well as the multiple visits from around the world to get to know our approach model, the lack of funding and infrastructure endanger put at risk our Shelter Environments.

For these reasons we call on institutions, philanthropic communities, entities, companies, movements and individuals with whom we share common ideals and objectives, to show their support and solidarity, willing to activate support within networks that may guarantee the sustainability of Metzineres.

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Important communications about COVID-19


RECOMMENDATIONS FOR HOUSING DURING CONFINEMENT ... AND BEYOND ...

Metzineres is a collective of 250 women and gender non comforming people in multiple situations of vulnerability, 90% of us are surviving multiple violences, half of us are homeless and 70% have problems related to drugs, legal and illegal.

Beyond the risks that we live in our day to day life and the harm reduction measures that we are already adopting (COVID19 HARM REACTION guide. In Metzis we don’t want Corona) we want to highlight the complexity of our reality so it can be contemplated in the social, health and economic measures applied to the COVID-19 pandemic.

We prioritize access to safe confinement, which respects our human rights, with a feminist approach, taking into account intersectionality and harm reduction. That would allow us to maintain our link with the environment, the companions and the social and health professionals we trust. Respectful of our habits and committed to our empowerment and well-being.

We want to be able to take care of ourselves, access our belongings and give continuity to our treatments, especially those of us living with mental health disorders. Those of us who are in active consumption want to reduce risks and not go through forced abstinence. Also, if we do sex work or sex for survival we want to be able to protect ourselves.

These days, measures have been deployed aimed at us that, although well-intentioned, they are not adapt to our circumstances, in some cases even retraumatizing us and violating our rights.

In order to alleviate and redirect those responses that are reproducing stigma and discrimination, we present the following recommendations:

  1. Guarantee safe housing options adapted to different people and circumstances
  2. Ensure access to food, hygiene and protection
  3. Offer comprehensive and holistic care services to women and gender noncomforming people with drug-related problems
  4. Activate services for the detection, care and monitoring of situations of male violence against women and people of dissident gender in multiple situations of vulnerability
  5. Deploy economic measures aimed at people of our collective with economies based on informal work and support services delivery
  6. Caring for caregivers

Nothing About Us Without Us

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Publications to print: Poster :: Flyer (a) :: Flyer (b)

Publications on the media

"Amb molts pocs diners salvem vides". Report in Vilaweb, reference media in Catalonia. [catalan]

"Metzineres: shelter and empowering women who use drugs, survivors of violence". Article in Innovative approaches in drug policies and Incarceration. [english]