Evaluative Study on the impact of measures applied to offenders

September 8, 2020 to September 30, 2022
25 months

The project aims to produce knowledge about three essential dimensions of preventing and combating domestic violence and gender-based violence that have been diagnosed as lacking reflection and debate in the Portuguese legal environment: the immediate response to violence and administrative or coercive measures applied to offenders; the impact of measures applied to offenders; and the articulation between the criminal process and the child custody cases, when children are involved.

The project addresses three concerns: to diagnose and assess the effectiveness of legislation and policies on domestic and gender-based violence, specifically of the measures applied to offenders; to analyse and debate the Portuguese legislation in comparison with solutions provided by other European countries (namely of restriction orders) and in the light of international recommendations; deliver recommendations developed based on the study of the effectiveness of the measures applied to offenders.


a) Analytical synthesis of socio-legal literature and legislative developments in the light of international conventions;
b) Acquisition of knowledge about the measures applied to offenders in criminal proceedings, their characterization and impact;
c) Acquisition of knowledge about child custody cases in situations of domestic violence and their articulation with the criminal process;
d) Acquisition of knowledge about the monitoring of offenders during the provisional suspension of the process, electronic surveillance and the suspension of the execution of the prison sentence and about the evaluation carried out by the professionals regarding the effect of these measures and the type of monitoring carried out;
e) Systematization and critical reflection of the conclusions of the empirical work and presentation of recommendations in all areas under analysis in the final report.


Portuguese High Council;

Directorate-General for Rehabilitation and Prison Services;

Public Prosecution Office;

Public Security Police;

Norwegian Centre for Violence and Traumatic Stress Studies (NKVTS).

domestic violence, gender violence, eu, Portugal
Funding Entities
EEA Grants - National Agency for Citizenship and Gender Equality
European Economic Area Financial Mechanism 2014-2021