The planned study will contribute important data to our understanding about the prevalence and nature of violence against women in European countries by combining quantitative studies with qualitative interviews. Based on the transnational exchange of already developed and pre-tested methodological instruments Data on the dimension of sexual victimisation, stalking and fear of crime as well as on the need of help will be collected in five European countries. Further evidence is collected on existing help services in order to design a preventive and interventive programme to support female students in general and victims of sexual violence in specific.
The transnational cooperative research project closes the research gap in the European Union. It orientates itself at the campus research of English studies, though their results can not be easily transferred to other countries like Germany, Italy, Spain or Poland.