ATHENS – The Eliza Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children was established in Greece in 2008 aiming at the protection of children suffering abuse and neglect. Eliza’s initiatives focus on the enlightenment and mobilization of society against the maltreatment of children, as well as the detection and identification of child abuse cases, so as to encourage measures for the relief of children exposed to violence.
Eliza established the first Child Safety Care Unit at the National & Kapodistrian University of Athens’ 2nd pediatric department, at the P. & A. Kyriakou Children’s Hospital as well as the second Child Safety Care Unit at the Attikon General University Hospital. The aim is to create seven additional units under the guidance of the university pediatric departments of Greece.
With the Safe Touches program and in collaboration with the New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, the Eliza Society teaches 5-9 year-old children how to protect themselves from sexual abuse, and at the same time, the Society trains parents and teachers.
The Eliza Society has strengthened the children’s circle of protection, at a national level, by training 5,500 professionals (physicians, nurses, police personnel, judges and prosecutors), who are at the forefront of the fight to protect children in need, in cooperation with the Medical School of Athens’ University and the University of Yale.
The Society collaborates with multiple organizations, like UNICEF and Institute of Child Health to joint forces for the implementation of national programs for the prevention of child abuse and neglect.
They design and run public awareness campaigns, to remind everyone of their responsibility to protect our children. In November 2020, they commenced their national campaign for all types of abuse, which will be concluded at the end of 2021. In November 2020, The Greek House of Parliament projected Eliza’s message for Zero Tolerance of Child Abuse. The Eliza Society is ready to launch a new campaign starting on the World Children’s Day (November 20).
They launched a new website, www.eliza.org.gr informing everyone who wishes to learn, to act before it is too late. New scientific data, articles and material related to all types of abuse are incorporated on a daily basis, according to the global developments and directives related to the prevention and awareness of child abuse.
At Eliza, they dare to dream that a day will come, when our society, citizens and the state will join their efforts against child abuse, providing proper services and centers for all children who are at risk or have been victims of abuse.
The Eliza Society does not receive any state funding and depends on public support for the continuation of its work.
More information is available online: www.eliza.org.gr.