Board

Representative of the member organisations elect the eight to eleven board members in the annual general assembly.

The Board: meets quarterly, is composed of representatives of member organisations with a balance of regions, gender, perpetrator and victim organisations, is active by supporting the WWP EN's work and by contributing WWP EN staff team's work, has the most important task of strategic planning for the network.

The board officers (chair, secretary, treasurer) are elected by the board members. Additionally, the association has a vice chair as representative of WAVE (Women against violence in Europe). These four officers are responsible for the financial and administrative monitoring and the preparation of board and general meetings. They have monthly telephone conferences and from time to time additional preparatory meetings.

Dean Ajdukovic (CHAIR)

Dean is a Professor of Psychology at the Department of Psychology, University of Zagreb, Croatia. His research interests include recovery from trauma, post-conflict community social reconstruction, development and evaluation of psychosocial interventions, prevention of violence in adolescent relationships, treatment of perpetrators of gender based violence. Over past 18 years he led development of Croatia’s first perpetrator program, provided individual and group treatment to perpetrators and victims, helped design the training program for the providers who work with perpetrators and delivered training in Croatia, Bosnia Herzegovina and Macedonia. He consulted national lawmakers regarding inclusion of work with perpetrator into Croatian laws, contributed to writing several national strategies to combat GBV with emphasis on work with perpetrators, and authored the national standards for work with perpetrators. He was member of the interim board of the newly founded WWP EN and helped develop the organization’s statutes and other documents. Currently he is president of the Croatian Society for Traumatic Stress (CSTS). In 2011, he received the European award Walter de Loos for Excellence in European Trauma Work.

Atila Uligaj (SECRETARY)

Atila started working as a field coordinator in the organization Woman to Woman in 2002. In that period of time the status of women in Albania was undermined by patriarchal attitudes, gender inequality and the unequal development rates of the society. During her work experience she had the opportunity to work closely with community groups especially in the villages, what confronted her with the difficult and severe living realities of women and girls in the northern rural areas of Albania. This work helped her to enhance her knowledge on women’s human rights and gender equality and develop activities, which would contribute to the development of the social status and the protection of the rights of women and girls in these areas. From 2005 and on she has continued work in this organisation being engaged in administrative and management issues. Recently, she is leading work for the establishment of the referral mechanisms against domestic violence in four Municipalities in the Northern Region.

Heinrich Geldschläger (TREASURER)

Heinrich is a German psychologist and psychotherapist. He has been living and working in Barcelona for the last 20 years, currently as Research Manager at Conexus Association. Since the year 2000, he has been active in the field of interventions for men who use violence, working directly with men, coordinating services, delivering presentations and trainings on this work and researching it. He has been involved in Daphne projects WWP and IMPACT and has been a member of WWP EN since 2009. He is currently a member of the board (and the treasurer) working for the sustainable growth of the network, creating a transparent, democratic and participative organisation offering useful services to the different needs of member organisations.

Katarína Farkašová

25 years ago, Katarína established the Alliance of Women in Slovakia and its daughter organization Alliance of Women, both dealing with women's human rights, especially violence against women, providing support, counselling and other services for survivors of gender based violence (GBV) and their children.

Katarína is also a member of ASPEKT, the first feminist educational and publishing organization in Slovakia, which has over 25 years published more than 110 books and 21 huge anthologies on feminist topics. Having studied film and TV at the Academy of Performing Arts, Human Rights, and International Gender Research and Feminist Politics, she makes use of media to change public awareness and effect equal status for women.

All of Katarína's work aims to achieve the observance of women’s human rights. She is concerned about the backlash against progress made in the field of violence against women and withdrawals of states and relevant institutions from their responsibility for GBV.

Marianne Hester

Marianne is Professor of Gender, Violence and International Policy at the University of Bristol. She has been a member of the WWP EN Board since April 2014 and her research expertise has added positively to the Board’s development and work. She has many years of experience managing teams and researching violence against women and children, including key research on perpetrators (e.g. gender and perpetrators, 2009, 2012, 2013; perpetrator needs and help-seeking, 2007; three planet model, 1996, 2006, 2011; IMPACT, 2014; PROVIDE, 2015). She is currently involved in research on: men, domestic violence and the health service; Victim perspectives on justice; and high risk domestic violence perpetrator programmes. She has worked closely with government departments and NGOs in the UK, Australia and Europe, and is Patron of South Tyneside Women’s Aid and Devon Rape Crisis.

Dajana Ilic

Dajana is a public relations manager with the non-governmental organization „Buducnost“ that operates in Modrica, Bosnia and Herzegovina. At the beginning of 2017, she took over the assignments in the field of work with perpetrators of domestic violence as the coordinator of the project „One step closer to elimination of DV/ Psychosocial treatment of perpetrators“. The project is currently being implemented in two regions in Republika Srpska (one of the entities of Bosnia and Herzegovina). Its main goal is to work on the elimination of violence through treatment of perpetrators of DV, that is, the establishment of treatment centres for psychosocial treatment of perpetrators. This is a demanding and responsible project that Dajana is sure will bring many changes for the better in the field of work with perpetrators of violence in these. By working on this project, she improved her ability to cooperate with the subjects of protection, while her work in the Association of Citizens "Buducnost" helped her improve her advocacy capacities when dealing with changes related to the work with victims and perpetrators of domestic violence. Considering that she is a journalist by profession, the long-standing experience on the „other side“ of the non-governmental sector has also contributed to a better understanding of the organization in which she is employed.

David Morran

David Morran was directly involved in setting up the CHANGE Programme, the first court-mandated group-work programme for male domestic violence perpetrators in the UK. He developed and delivered the men’s the programme for a period of nine years and co-wrote the manual (Men Who Are Violent to Women, Russell House, 1997) which was subsequently widely adopted by many practitioners throughout the UK and Ireland.

Currently a Lecturer in Social Work at the University of Stirling in Scotland, David has published widely on aspects of practice with abusive men. His contribution to practice in this field was acknowledged in the guidelines for the ‘Building Better Relationships’ programme developed by the National Offender Management Service (NOMS) in England and Wales.

He has also edited a practitioners handbook, From Fear to Freedom (BASW Venture Press 2009) written by several UK practitioners with expertise in domestic violence perpetrator work. David’s PhD thesis explored processes of desistance among formerly abusive / violent men. He is presently a co-investigator in two UK research projects examining innovative systemic responses to domestic abuse perpetrators, victim/survivors and children.

Helena Päivinen

Helena is a researcher and clinical psychologist who works in Jyväskylä, Finland. Her research focuses on constructing and deconstructing gender in the context of intimate partner violence interventions. She has been working as a group facilitator in a violence treatment program at the Psychotherapy Research and Training Center at the Department of Psychology, University of Jyväskylä for several years. Helena has actively participated in the continuous development of the gender sensitive approach in this program. Currently, she is also involved in a European project that develops training on gender-based violence for school professionals with the aim of increasing awareness and building capacity to recognize, prevent and counter gender-based violence at school.

Olga Persson

Olga is Secretary General at Unizon. Unizon is the Swedish association for 130 women’s shelters, young women’s empowerment centres and other support services, which work together for a gender equal society free from violence.

Olga is a political scientist and has great expertise and experience in the fields of men's violence against women, violence prevention, rape and sexual abuse of children, both from the civil society movements and from the state official level. As Secretary-General of Unizon she works with advocacy on a national and international level, training of the judicial and legal system, as well as capacity building of the 130 member organizations around Sweden. Unizon believes in a holistic view of violence, and are strong advocates for working with perpetrators with feminist approach. Accountability to the women's movement and the shelter movement are key principles for this work. Olga is specialized in issues concerning violence prevention and masculinities, rape, sexual abuse and prostitution as a form of men´s violence against women. Olga has also worked several years at a front line service, directly with victims of rape.

Jan Vrkoč

Jan is a social worker and frontline professional living and working in Munich, Germany. He is a board member of the Bundesarbeitsgemeinschaft Täterarbeit Häusliche Gewalt (BAG TäHG), the Federal Association for the Work with Perpetrators of Domestic Violence in Germany, which developed a standard for the work with perpetrators of domestic violence, endorsed by the German government. Jan´s professional background lies in the gender reflective work with boys. So his view on domestic violence as a gender-based phenomenon always includes the focus on gender-specific socialization in a patriarchal society. His aim is to promote gender equality and prevent violence against women and children. He appreciates the opportunity to work and support WWP EN on these issues at board level.

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