In 2001, the Barcelona Circuit against gender-based violence was created in a context in which the development of policies to tackle violence against women was still incipient, while the pressure of the women’s movement and the citizenship to respond was growing. The Circuit is based on the conviction that there is no efficient response if there is no comprehensive and multidisciplinary, which makes interinstitutional cooperation necessary. Thus, the Barcelona Circuit is created with the leadership of the Barcelona City Council and the Barcelona Health Consortium, through the Sanitary Corporation of Barcelona, as a basic strategy of the Action Plan to deal with violence against women in the city of Barcelona.
15 years after its creation, it becomes clear the need to evaluate the operation of the Barcelona Circuit and its structures, in order to identify the challenges and elements of improvement. As a result, through a complex methodological approach that combines qualitative and quantitative techniques and with the participation of 275 professionals, the evaluation points out both advances and consolidated elements as well as the challenges and needs to guarantee the integral approach.
The results of the evaluation are set out in the following report, ordered in 38 conclusions and 29 proposals to improve the organization and operation of the Barcelona Circuit against gender-based violence.