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.

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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: January 1st, 2021

Womxn (% from 235)

Cis Woman20085.1%
Transgender woman2811.9%
Intersexual10.4%
Non binary41.7%
All 235

Old bands (% from 228)

From 20 to 29 years old3515.4%
From 30 to 39 years old7633.3%
From 40 to 49 years old7332.0%
From 50 to 59 years old3414.9%
60 or older104.4%

Vulnerability / exclusion factors (% from 276)

Problems related to drug use20172.8%
Adult over 55 years old279.8%
Young4215.2%
Migrated10437.7%
Irregular administrative situation2810.1%
Functional diversity186.5%
Racialized4817.4%
LGTBIQ5720.7%
Sexual worker4616.7%
Sex for survival5720.7%
Ranks of mental health12946.7%
Homeless19169.2%
Without cover11441.3%
Imprisonment8029.0%
Others31.1%
Coinfection HIV + HCV207.2%

Where is accompaniment taken (% from 23935)

Street6222.6%
XADUD9794.1%
Outside activity18487.7%
Telephone16136.7%
0.0%
La VidAlegre1728872.2%
Home address420.2%
0.0%
Social media1330.6%
Other14105.9%

Foundations (% from 44142)

0.0%
Food1829641.4%
NSP7631.7%
Shower26756.1%
Washing / drying machine11392.6%
Clothing swap19124.3%
Sleep by day23405.3%
Thelephone/ Internet40179.1%
Transport4361.0%
Condoms4140.9%
Chat / Mutual suport1221227.7%
Image20744.7%
Housing5391.2%

Activities (% from 5280)

Workshop160830.5%
Outing1462.8%
DIRD3005.7%
XADUD60711.5%
Assembly56210.6%
Second hand market1502.8%
Activism5179.8%
Network articulation2915.5%
Communitary activity102719.5%
Congress / Session721.4%

Educational intervention (% from 33236)

Counseling / Information20626.2%
Accompaniment4971.5%
Followup1393941.9%
Contact with family abd/or partner4301.3%
Addressing violences22716.8%
"ConSumo Cuidado"502515.1%
Conflict resolution6652.0%
Emotional support834725.1%
Approach to sexual work8452.5%

Sanitary intervention (% from 15761)

Anamnesis247115.7%
Consultation465029.5%
Followup737546.8%
Cure9446.0%
Accompaniment1170.7%
Urgency1450.9%
Domiciliary visit170.1%
Overdose150.1%
Unexpected effects of consumption180.1%

Social work (% from 1207)

Initial interview152204.7%
Followup on site14712.2%
Followup on telephone1068.8%
Acompaniment988.1%
Follow-up of the case (articulation with other RSS feeds)50341.7%
Domiciliary visit or other places of residence or stay 191.6%
Derivation484.0%
Family contact161.3%
Procedures1078.9%
Employability110.9%

Substances and related problems (179 women consumers and 111 with problems)

SubstanceCurrent consumptionProblems related
Alcohol 7930
Antipsychotics112
Benzodiacepine 3315
Cannabis 605
Cocaine snorted409
Cocaine smoked8653
Cocaine injected4635
Heroine snorted111
heroine smoked3512
heroine injected6041
Methadone 3719
Methanphetamines135
Speed / Amphetamine 255
Speedball2619
Tobacco9341
Tropicamida22

Violences during childhood

47 Unique women. 19.18% from all women registered

Familiar environment26
consultar revisar18
Nearby environment3
Social care system2
Judicial system2

Violences and traumas from the familiar environment

3 Unique women. 1.22% from all women registered

Physical aggressions20.82%
Sexual aggressions10.41%
Rape10.41%
Psychological aggressions20.82%
Verbal aggression20.82%
Unjustified deprivation / limitation of resources10.41%
Family breakdown20.82%
Criminalization20.82%
Family intrusion10.41%
Vulnerability confidentiality / intimacy10.41%
Psychological abuse10.41%
Stigma20.82%

Violences and traumas from sexual or sex-affective couple

72 Unique women. 29.39% from all women registered

Physical aggressions6024.49%
Physical abuse31.22%
Sexual aggressions135.31%
Rape83.27%
Psychological aggressions6124.90%
Verbal aggression4719.18%
Unjustified deprivation / limitation of resources239.39%
Other176.94%
Psychological abuse52.04%
Stigma10.41%
Harassment20.82%

Violences and traumas in socio-community environment suffered nearby people

33 Unique women. 13.47% from all women registered

Physical aggressions176.94%
Physical abuse20.82%
Sexual aggressions72.86%
Rape41.63%
Psychological aggressions176.94%
Verbal aggression176.94%
Unjustified deprivation / limitation of resources93.67%
Other72.86%
Psychological abuse20.82%
Stigma41.63%
Harassment41.63%
Sexual harassment10.41%
Social isolation10.41%
Health care inattention10.41%

Violences and traumas in socio-community environment suffered by strangers

27 Unique women. 11.02% from all women registered

Physical aggressions176.94%
Physical abuse10.41%
Sexual aggressions83.27%
Rape83.27%
Psychological aggressions62.45%
Verbal aggression72.86%
Unjustified deprivation / limitation of resources41.63%
Other62.45%
Family breakdown10.41%
Criminalization10.41%
Psychological abuse10.41%
Stigma62.45%
Harassment20.82%

Violence and trauma suffered by the social care system

24 Unique women. 9.80% from all women registered

Other52.04%
Family intrusion72.86%
Vulnerability confidentiality / intimacy104.08%
Psychological abuse41.63%
Not supporting idiomatic barriers52.04%
Stigma197.76%
Ignorance of complaints, demands, complaints or requests156.12%

Violence and trauma suffered by the health care system

25 Unique women. 10.20% from all women registered

Unjustified deprivation / limitation of resources10.41%
Other31.22%
Family intrusion10.41%
Vulnerability confidentiality / intimacy83.27%
Psychological abuse20.82%
Not supporting idiomatic barriers41.63%
Stigma176.94%
Ignorance of complaints, demands, complaints or requests52.04%
Pregnancy / maternity in prison10.41%

Violences and traumas suffered by the judicial system

22 Unique women. 8.98% from all women registered

Psychological aggressions20.82%
Other41.63%
Institutionalization10.41%
Criminalization31.22%
Psychological abuse10.41%
Preventive prison20.82%
Security deposit / fine unavailable62.45%
Disproportionate condemnation114.49%
Multiple short jails52.04%
False conviction20.82%
Stigma114.49%
Inadequate defense62.45%
Social isolation10.41%
Ignorance of complaints, demands, complaints or requests31.22%
Denial of permits and penitentiary benefits10.41%

Violences and traumas suffered by the police system

20 Unique women. 8.16% from all women registered

Physical aggressions52.04%
Sexual aggressions20.82%
Psychological aggressions62.45%
Verbal aggression41.63%
Unjustified deprivation / limitation of resources10.41%
Other31.22%
Psychological abuse10.41%
Stigma52.04%
Harassment62.45%
Access to treatment as a form of coercion20.82%
Eviction31.22%
Fined for COVID1920.82%

Violences and traumas suffered by the penitentiary system

21 Unique women. 8.57% from all women registered

Physical aggressions31.22%
Sexual aggressions10.41%
Rape20.82%
Psychological aggressions20.82%
Verbal aggression20.82%
Unjustified deprivation / limitation of resources20.82%
Other52.04%
Institutionalization31.22%
Criminalization72.86%
Psychological abuse31.22%
Preventive prison10.41%
Disproportionate condemnation20.82%
Multiple short jails20.82%
Stigma104.08%
Inadequate defense10.41%
Access to treatment as a form of coercion31.22%
Social isolation93.67%
Ignorance of complaints, demands, complaints or requests52.04%
Health care inattention52.04%
Scatter20.82%
Barriers to PMM access20.82%
Indigence in prison52.04%
Prison isolation20.82%
Withdrawal of custody31.22%
Denial of permits and penitentiary benefits41.63%
Threats and / or coercion83.27%
Torture or vexatious treatment31.22%
Fined for COVID1910.41%

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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]