The Work With Perpetrators (WWP EN) European Network’s 2013 workshop and network meeting took place over three days from Friday 29th November to Sunday 1st December at the Erkner Education Centre near Berlin, Germany with the steering committee meeting for a fourth day on Monday 2nd December. The workshop provided an opportunity for network members to meet, network, exchange and learn and helped to strengthen the ties between people working with perpetrators across Europe.
The main idea of the workshop was to gather people who share the same political aim (ending violence against women and children) to exchange perspectives, ideas and get to know each other.
Furthermore, the workshop offered a range of input and plenary discussions on issues such as:
- The proposition and discussion of a model of understanding the roots of violence.
- The attempt to develop a model on the ecology of perpetrator programmes. Each program is embedded in a certain institutional setting (e.g. laws, funding, inter-institutional routines). One question is whether institutions with interlocked activities on domestic violence might manage to decrease its level.
- A facilitated exchange on experiences of how to start a perpetrator programme.
- Presentations on the possibilities of using media such as video footage to illustrate the dimension of violence and increase the conscience for accountability. In addition, shared experiences on cooperation with the media to increase public awareness of perpetrator programmes,
- IMPACT, an ongoing research project on European Evaluations on Perpetrator Programmes. The presentation of a prototype for the IMPACT Toolkit will be accompanied by insights into an Icelandic evaluation study as well as some suggestions about what qualitative sociological process research can contribute to give a better idea on which discourses occur during a perpetrator programme. A lively discussion has the potential to enrich the Toolkit with fresh ideas.