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. These 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 Ajduković (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 the past 18 years, he led the development of Croatia’s first perpetrator program, provided individual and group treatment to perpetrators and victims, helped design the training program for providers who work with perpetrators and delivered trainings across Croatia, Bosnia Herzegovina and Macedonia. He consulted national lawmakers regarding the 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 a 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.

Christian Scambor (TREASURER)

Christian is a clinical psychologist who works in Graz, Austria, at the Association for Men’s and Gender Issues (AMGI). AMGI provides psycho-social work for men and boys, gender-reflective work with boys and research on men and gender. He helped to set up the perpetrator programme several years ago, and he organises the cooperation with victim support organisations for the programme. Christian is board member of national umbrella organisations and active in several working groups, e.g. Dachverband für Männer-, Burschen- und Väterarbeit in Österreich (DMÖ; umbrella organisation for the work with men, boys and fathers in Austria) and Dachverband Vernetzte Opferschutzorientierte Täterarbeit (DV-OTA; umbrella organisation for co-ordinated victim-support focused work with perpetrators). Within the perpetrator programme in Graz, his focus is on risk assessment and management.

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.

Ciara Bergman

As Head of Perpetrator Services for Respect, Ciara is responsible for the strategic leadership of their perpetrator responses, including Make a Change, Change That Lasts Wales, Safe & Together, and the Advance and Reprovide research partnerships. 

Ciara joined Respect in 2018 as the Development Manager for Make a Change (MAC), where she developed both the model and the associated programme manual and training packages. In 2020 she became MAC's Head of Delivery and Development, and she also developed a remotely delivered Domestic Abuse Perpetrator Programme for fathers in family court proceedings concerning contact arrangements. She continues to oversee Respect's work with CAFCASS and in the family courts more broadly.

Before joining Respect, Ciara spent a decade working with both perpetrators of domestic abuse and victims/survivors. She spent 7 years at the Domestic Violence Intervention Project (DVIP) in London – starting as an individual and groupwork practitioner, and later becoming Manager and Senior Risk Assessor of the Family Courts Team.

Ciara holds a postgraduate diploma in psychoanalytic groupwork and groupwork practitioner status from the Institute of Group Analysis. She is also a qualified DHR chair, certified Safe and Together trainer,and Ava project trustee.

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.

Jade Levell

Jade is a Lecturer in Criminology and Gender Violence at the University of Bristol. She is a specialist in gender-based violence and serious youth violence, as well as gender theory including studies of masculinities. Jade’s research interests include adverse childhood experiences, childhood domestic violence, on-road and gang subcultures, organised crime, masculinity theory, DVA perpetrators, feminist praxis. Her work has often centred on the intersection between masculinity, vulnerability, and violence. She is an expert in Music Elicitation as both a social research tool and an innovative way of listening and working with marginalised groups.

Jade has been working on various international research projects related to gender-based violence and masculinities, including Other Side of the Story: Perpetrators in Change, with partners in UK, Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Romania, funded by the European Commission, as well as youth outreach work in Albania. Sje is on the editorial board of the Journal of Gender Based Violence. Prior to her research career Jade worked for over ten years in charities that work to end gender-based violence, in support work, policy work, and professional training. This diverse range of grassroots advocacy and activism work informs her research practice.

Iris Luarasi

Iris is the President of GREVIO at the Council of Europe (CoE). For the past 20 years, she has been leading the Counselling Line for Women and Girls (CLWG, national Helpline for victims of domestic violence and violence against women in Albania), as well as the first men's centre in Albania (Counselling Line for Men and Boys, CLMB).  CLMB works to rehabilitate perpetrators of domestic violence, does prevention work with young boys in the country, as wlel as fatherhood campaigns. She is a member of the GREVIO Working Group on a General Recommendation on the digital dimension of violence against women at CoE. 

Iris is a professor in the Department of Journalism and Communications at the University of Tirana, where she has taught for almost 25 years. She also trains Albanian journalists in human rights, journalism ethics, fake news, hate speech and sexism. Her research and publishing activities include leading a study on domestic violence and sex crimes, a guide for reporters on gender-based violence and sexual assault, guidelines for data collection and authoring two books on radio journalism and media in Albania. Iris has a PhD in Journalism and Communication and got her Master in European Studies.

David Morran

David 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.

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.

Last changed: 10.01.2022