WWP EN Online Events 2024

Webinar: How domestic violence perpetrator programmes can keep children safe

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The Event

Although they face severe and longstanding consequences, children are often invisible victims of intimate partner violence. To ensure we keep them safe while working with the abusive parent, we must keep children at the centre of our risk assessments and interventions. This webinar gives an introduction to many of the most pressing concerns and questions that perpetrator programmes have about child protection:

  • What is the role of perpetrator programmes in ensuring child safety?
  • How do I recognise if a perpetrator is using children to control their (ex-)partner and how can I intervene safely?
  • How do I collaborate well with social services?
  • What tools and procedures can my organisation use to protect children and minimise risk for them?

The Speaker

Sandra Jovanović Belotić, WWP EN Training & Capacity Building Manager, 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.

Webinar: Unlocking change - Transforming the perception of perpetrator programmes through strategic communication

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The Event

Many professionals dedicated to working with perpetrators are struggling to gain the visibility, recognition, and resources their vital work deserves. In this webinar, we started discovering the power of strategic communication and its pivotal role in reshaping perceptions of perpetrator programmes and their crucial work.

Key questions discussed:

  • How can strategic communication change your approach to working with perpetrators?
  • What are the essential steps to setting clear goals and effectively targeting specific audiences?
  • How do we navigate the unique challenges within perpetrator programmes, including ethical considerations and accountability towards victims' support services?
  • What practical tools and techniques can you implement immediately to enhance your impact and effectiveness?

The Speakers

Alessandra Pauncz, PhD is the WWP EN Executive Director and has been working in the field of domestic violence for 20 years. 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).

Anna McKenzie is the WWP EN Communications Manager and has been working in the field of domestic violence for eight years. During her time at WWP EN, she has developed and coordinated international campaigns on domestic violence perpetrator programmes with partners across Europe and managed all network digital communications. Her background is in social studies, with a BA in Cultural and Social Anthropology from the University of Vienna and an MA in Transdisciplinary Gender Studies from the Humboldt University of Berlin.

Last changed: 16.05.2024