Early intimate partner violence is a sensitive and vital issue for young people across Europe. And while support for young survivors is well established, work with young perpetrators, especially young men, needs further improvement. The Swedish organisation MÄN has been researching how to adapt existing interventions for violent adult men to the needs of young men, as well as implementing these interventions. In this workshop, we discussed components you need to include in an intervention targeted at young men and specific things young men using violence need to talk about and why.
This event was part of the 2022 #ResponsibleTogether Campaign.
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Lena Berg holds a PhD in sociology and works as a method developer and curator at the Swedish organisation MÄN (Men for Gender Equality). Since 1993, Lena has worked practically and in research on men's violence against women, specifically on youth, sexuality, and violence. In recent years, Lena has developed a guide to facilitate conversations with boys who use intimate partner violence.
In this introductory webinar, we discussed the concept of child-to-parent violence. We shared insights from the Maltese multi-disciplinary approach, which aims to ensure maximum support for the families involved. Watch this webinar to get a clear idea of what CAPVA is and to learn how to start working on the issue.
This event was part of the 2022 #ResponsibleTogether Campaign.
Colette Farrugia Bennett is a social worker and a family therapist and is currently managing the Domestic Violence Services of Aġenzija Appoġġ, Foundation for Social Welfare Services in Malta. She has been working with the FSWS for the past 18 years, for over 4 years in her current role. Colette is also an activist for human rights, particularly LGBTIQ rights and values diversity and social integration. Colette has a Master's Degree in Family Therapy and Systemic Practice and a Master's Degree and Bachelor's Degree in Social Work from the University of Malta.
Ilona Deguara currently works within the Domestic Violence Services at Aġenzija Appoġġ, within the Foundation for Social Welfare Services. She originally joined as a Risk Assessor, working directly with victims of domestic violence and later moved to perpetrator services, which she co-ordinates. Ilona also co-facilitates Malta's domestic abuse intervention programme and works with adolescents who exhibit violent behaviour towards their caregivers.
Using her Bachelor's Degree in Criminology and her Master's in Gestalt Psychotherapy, Ilona also works with the inmate population.
Pauline Camilleri is a qualified social worker currently leading the Domestic Violence Unit and STOP! The Violence and Abuse Services of Agenzija Appogg at the Foundation for Social Welfare Services (FSWS). She has been working with FSWS for the past 22 years. Throughout her career, Pauline has worked primarily with victims of domestic violence through office and residential work. She has occupied the role of leader for the past 2 years. The Domestic Violence Unit offers support to victims of Domestic Violence. STOP! The Violence and Abuse works with perpetrators of domestic violence, and includes the service on Child To Parent Violence.
Care work and domestic violence are two areas where men are practically invisible. But to end unequal care responsibilities and domestic abuse, we must include men in the conversation and engage them in processes of personal and collective change. How can we raise awareness of this need among professionals who talk to men every day? How can these frontline professionals promote men’s involvement in care work or stop domestic violence?
- why it is necessary to sensitise these professionals,
- how you benefit from doing this work,
- which professionals you should target,
- where you can reach them,
- what the challenges and barriers are and how to overcome them.
Elli Scambor is a sociologist and the Managing Director of the Institute for Masculinity Studies and Gender Research in Graz, Austria. In 2016, Elli was Laureate of the Käthe Leichter Award for Women's Studies, Gender Studies and Gender Equality in Work. She has coordinated numerous international studies focusing on men & gender equality, "Caring Masculinities", and gender-based violence prevention. She is the scientific coordinator of the EU study The Role of Men in Gender Equality and the Men in Care Study in Austria.
Heinrich Geldschläger is a psychologist and psychotherapist, as well as the Director of Research and International Projects at CONEXUS Association in Barcelona, Spain. Heinrich has been active in the field of men's violence against women and children for over 20 years. He has worked directly with men, coordinated services, delivered training and presentations nationally and internationally and conducted research. Heinrich is a founding member of WWP EN, coordinated the ENGAGE project, and participated in many other international research projects.
Dimitra Minstidis is the Project and Financial Manager at WWP EN. With a master's degree in sustainable and equitable development, she specialises in international cooperation, as well as European project development and management. In the past 15 years, she has been designing and working within different types of actions targeting social justice and innovation, education, and inclusion.
Read or order the manual "Scripting Violence, Rehearsing Change" here
For over 20 years, Olivier Malcor has been looking for creative tools that will allow anybody to work on gender-based violence (GBV) in a playful and collective manner. After a philosophy thesis on the invisible theatre of human relationships and years of learning and practising the theatre of the oppressed in Latin America and Africa, he has been working in French and Italian suburbs, trying to dismantle the culture of violence among men and boys. For the last 10 years, he has been working with perpetrators of GBV on probation or in prison.
Under the right conditions, every human loves playing games and acting. In perpetrator work, playing games and acting out scenarios are valuable tools for rehearsing change and finding peaceful ways of conflict resolution. How can we motivate men in our programmes to play and act? How can you as a trainer prepare yourself for such kinds of activities?
Watch the recording of our lanuch event to discover how you can make your programme more interactive, motivating and playful.
Roland Hertl: Dipl.-Sozialarbeiter (FH), Mitarbeiter beim Sozialen Dienst der Justiz in Landau, Vorsitzender der Bundesarbeitsgemeinschaft Täterarbeit Häusliche Gewalt e.V. (BAGTähG), Interventionsarbeit im Bereich häusliche Gewalt seit 1996, Mitarbeit an den Bundesstandards Täterarbeit „Häusliche Gewalt“, Mitglied der Bund-Länder-AG „häusliche Gewalt“ im BMFSFJ, Beiratsmitglied des bundesweiten Hilfetelefon für Frauen, Referent für das Risk-Assessment ODARA für die BAGTähG und der Grundlagenweiterbildung der BAGTähG. Seit 2018 Referent zu häuslicher Gewalt, Risk Assessment und Täterarbeit in Zentralasien (Kasachstan, Kirgisistan, Usbekistan und Tadschikistan).
Mag.a Maria Rösslhumer: Politikwissenschaftlerin, Geschäftsführerin des Vereins Autonome Österreichische Frauenhäuser (AÖF), Leiterin der Frauenhelpline gegen Gewalt (0800/222 555) Von 1997 bis 2017 Geschäftsführerin des Vereins WAVE (Women Against Violence Europe), des Europäischen Netzwerks gegen Gewalt an Frauen und Kindern. Vorstandsmitglied des Österreichischen Frauenrings. Koordinatorin von MARVOW, Gesamtkoordinatorin von StoP-Stadtteile ohne Partnergewalt - Österreich Trainerin und Gender- und Gewaltexpertin.
Gewalt gegen ältere Frauen* bleibt meist unsichtbar, unerkannt und unbedacht. Dabei ist diese Gewalt ein schwerwiegendes soziales Problem und das Ausmaß und die Häufigkeit dieser geschlechtsspezifischen Gewalt ist enorm hoch und sie wird immer gravierender.
In Österreich wurden heute bereits 10 von 31 älteren Frauen über 60 Jahren ermordet. Auch in Deutschland steigen die Femizide an älteren Frauen. Ihr Gewaltrisiko ist oft höher, weil sie alt sind, weiblich, häufig von jahrelanger Partnergewalt betroffen, lebenslang mit verschiedenen Formen von Diskriminierung konfrontiert, spezifischen und vielschichtigen Nachteilen ausgesetzt und oft sozial/wirtschaftlich sehr abhängig sind – besonders wenn sie bereits pflegebedürftig sind. Gewaltausübende werden jedoch aus vielen Gründen kaum zur Verantwortung gezogen. Daher widmet sich „MARVOW“ verstärkt diesem Problem, durch den Ansatz der multi-institutionellen Zusammenarbeit und auch mit dem Fokus: Umgang mit Tätern/Täter*innen bei häuslicher Gewalt.
 Laut der FRA-Umfrage von 2014 sind 19 % aller Frauen über 60 Jahren haben ab ihrem 15. Lebensjahr Gewalt in der Partnerschaft erlebt. Bei 17 % ging die Gewalt nicht vom Partner aus. Aber nur 14% der Frauen meldeten den schwersten Vorfall bei der Polizei. Die Anzahl der nicht gemeldeten Fälle wird viel höher eingeschätzt.
 Zweijahresprojekt von September 2019 bis März 2022. Das Projektteam besteht aus sechs Partnerinstitutionen in vier europäischen Ländern: Österreich, Estland, Griechenland und Deutschland. In Österreich wird MARVOW in drei Bundesländern Salzburg, OÖ und NÖ umgesetzt.
Diese Veröffentlichung wurde mit finanzieller Unterstützung des EU-Programms für Rechte, Gleichstellung und Unionsbürgerschaft erstellt. Der Inhalt dieser Veröffentlichung liegt in der alleinigen Verantwortung der MARVOW-Projektpartner und kann in keiner Weise als Ausdruck der Ansichten der Europäischen Kommission angesehen werden.
Alessandra Pauncz has been working in the field of domestic violence for 20 years and has covered many areas of expertise. She advocated and worked for victims of domestic violence as a shelter worker, psychologist, researcher, manager, trainer, and in fund and conscious raising at a local, provincial, regional, national and European level. She founded and ran the first perpetrator programme in Italy (CAM – Centre for abusive men) and set up the national Italian network for perpetrator work (Relive). Additionally, Alessandra has published articles and books for the general public (Shifting power: Romano, 2012; Da uomo a uomo: Erickson, 2015; Dire di no alla violenza domestica: Angeli, 2016).
Sandra Jovanović Belotić is a psychologist with ten years of experience in the field of domestic violence. She has provided psychological support for women and children exposed to violence, ran the first Serbian perpetrator group and founded the National Network for the Work with Perpetrators of Violence Serbia (OPNA). She has been working as an expert consultant in the field of perpetrator work, focusing on the standardization of perpetrator programmes, and their set-up in accordance with the provisions of the Istanbul convention. Additionally, she is supporting capacity-building of professionals through training and supervision. Sandra is based in Serbia.
As Europe ages, problems that affect elderly are becoming more relevant, while structures that provide protection to elderly survivors are severely underdeveloped. Perpetrators of violence against elderly are diverse category (sons/daughters, spouses, caregivers, family caregivers) and systems and professionals are facing many challenges in holding them to account. When it comes to engaging elderly men in perpetrator programmes, professsionals need more support in providing effective and meaningful service, and intensive multi-agency work, as showed in the experience of the MARVOW project and mapping of the WWP EN.
The workshop will explore specifics of ensuring safety of elderly survivors and holding perpetrators to account. Focus will be on working with elderly perpetrators of IPV and intersections between aging and violence, as basics for effective interventions. Intersections with health issues, but also identity changes that relate with aging, shifting of power in family structures and its influence on aging men will be highlighted and explored. Workshop will bring together Europe-wide experiences and enable its exchange on this very important and underdeveloped element of the work. Workshop tends to formulate practice-based recommendations on effective support of elderly perpetrators in their process of change.