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Links & Resources
- Connect & share webinar: Research on violence against children (VAC) and violence against women (VAW) in South East Europe on 8 February at 10-12 AM CET
- Job opening: Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor in Gender-based Violence at the School for Policy Studies of the University of Bristol (deadline: 3 March)
- Fourth edition of Respect Standard "Accreditation framework for safe, effective, and survivor‑focused work with perpetrators of domestic abuse in the UK."
- Project: Forced Suicides in Europe
- UN Women Europe and Central Asia: Guidance for working with perpetrators of domestic violence for Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine
- Funding opportunity: Alliance for Gender Equality call for proposals “2023 economic opportunities fund”
- Save the Date: ByeDV Project final symposium "Take Action! Against Cyber Sexual Violence" on 6 March 2023 (information sheet)
- Article: "Intimate Partner Violence: A New Cognitive, Interpersonal and Motivational Framework for the Rehabilitation of Perpetrators in Portugal"
- Guidance on "Safe Consultations with Survivors of Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG)"
- Report on "Standards for Domestic Abuse Perpetrator Interventions: Overarching principles and practice guidelines for commissioning and delivering interventions for perpetrators of domestic abuse" by Westmarland and Kelly
A central goal of the Fathers Rock project is building the capacities of frontline professionals in perinatal and early childhood services. The project team recently developed a capacity-building programme for these frontline professionals using insights from qualitative interviews and focus groups. Our partners in Spain, Italy and Austria will implement this programme in the upcoming months. Based on feedback from participants, the final capacity-building programme will be available by September 2023.
To encourage engaged fatherhood among (becoming) fathers, we have prepared cards for fathers, highlighting the benefits of engaged fatherhood and encouraging them to seek support for their challenges. These cards contain links for reading tips and contacts useful for men on their parenthood journey and improving their relationship with their partner. View them here: Being there (birth), caring (birth), being there (growth), caring (growth).
We also prepared leaflets for men struggling with their (new) role as fathers. These leaflets show them the available services and support, highlighting that it is essential to use specialised services to overcome their challenges. View the leaflet template for men's motivation to seek help.
Frontline services will use the cards and leaflets to reach out to fathers using their services and struggling in silence.
Project partners developed the MOVE project to ensure that frontline professionals and perpetrator programmes adequately address gender-based violence in all contexts. To support this goal, the team has prepared a training package that enables professionals to work inclusively and transformatively with persons with migrant backgrounds. This training will allow programmes and services to improve the experiences of men with a migrant background seeking support from them.
Partners will pilot the training package in Italy, Spain, Greece, Germany, France and Belgium until March. Based on feedback from the pilot training, the final training package will be available later in 2023.
The ASAP 2.0 team has drafted an upgraded version of the ASAP protocol. It now includes
- cyberviolence and covid-related issues,
- ensuring child protection, as well as
- a model for a multi-agency collaboration agreement.
Our partners in Italy, Bulgaria, Cyprus and Greece are now halfway through the piloting phase, testing the new protocol with male perpetrators and female survivors of violence.
As the ISEDA project is in its initial stage, the project consortium is establishing the ethics requirements with which all activities must comply. These requirements are essential to ensuring safety when working with persons at risk. The ISEDA team has also been working on a research methodology to conduct a needs assessment. This assessment will include the training needs of law enforcement agents on gender-based violence and victims' needs regarding contacting or disclosing violence to law enforcement agencies and being referred to victims' services.
In February, the ISEDA team will have an in-person meeting to plan the implementation of the IMPACT toolkit and guidance on multi-agency cooperation for 2023.
We are pleased to start 2023 with the new CHANGE project, which will support men and boys in challenging and fighting gender-based violence. The CHANGE team will conduct awareness-raising activities in schools and within the general public and train frontline professionals and operators wishing to work in perpetrator programmes.
The CHANGE kick-off meeting in December 2022 was an excellent opportunity to get to know the project partners and start focusing on project goals.
More coming soon…
In 2023, we are pleased to be looking forward to three new projects. Stay tuned for more information on upcoming projects!
Links & Resources
- Final report on findings from the project "Domestic Violence Perpetrator Programmes and Neurodiversity" by Dr. Nicole Renehan (Click here to watch our interview with Dr Renehan)
- Now and Men Pocast with Dr Jade Levell "Boys, Domestic Abuse and Gang Involvement - Eliciting Men’s Stories Through Music"
- Participate in a metastudy on "Community work projects to prevent violence against women" - Learn more here
- UN Women Publication on "Progress on the Sustainable Development Goals: The gender snapshot 2022"
- UN Women Publication: "Generation Equality accountability report 2022"
- GREVIO publication: Mid-term horizontal review of GREVIO baseline evaluation reports
- Report on legal conference about the Istanbul Convention in Konstanz, Germany (GER)
- 14 October 2022: In-person multidisciplinary conference-event "Boys at the Crossroads: Insights and Innovations in Young Masculinities" in Bristol, organised by the Bristol Young Men's Network. Buy your ticket here [Can't attend, but would like to see recordings of the event? Either follow BristolYMN on Facebook or send an e-mail to bristolyoungmensnetwork(at)gmail.com]
- 19 & 20 October 2022: Online conference “Engaging youth to promote positive masculinities to end violence against women” organised by the PositivMasc project, Karolinska Institutet, University Colleague Cork, Ben Gurion University and Alicante University
- 10 November 2022: In-person symposium „Weibliche Gewalt: Gewalthandlungen, gesellschaftliche Einordnung und praktische Arbeit“ in Berlin, organised by the German umbrella organisation for domestic violence perpetrator work (BAG TÄHG). See the programme and register until 21 October by sending an e-mail to anmeldung(at)bag-taeterarbeit.de
- Five open jobs with the Sozialbund katholischer Frauen e.V. (SkF e.V.) in Berlin:
- One open job with the Volkssolidarität e.V. in Berlin: psychologist for perpetrator programme
How can organisations support men's work-life balance and encourage caring masculinites? This was the focus of the Men in Care project, which involved organisations from seven European countries. In the final project newsletter, published earlier this month, we looked at the crucial presentations and discussions from the project conference in May, as well as project outputs and results.
Find the project on social media under #MiC
We are beginning to implement multi-agency cooperation in ASAP 2.0. The tools and protocol from the previous ASAP project have already been upgraded to include a greater focus on covid-related issues, child protection, and cyber violence. The IMPACT toolkit has been adapted into Greek. Next year, we will test the improved approach and share the findings of the ASAP 2.0 project at the end of 2023.
Find the project on social media under #ASAP2
The MOVE team has finalised a series of needs assessments to develop a training package for practitioners. This package will support them in addressing gender-based violence among men with a migration history. The main goal is to enable frontline professionals working within the reception services or delivering intercultural services to recognise gender-based violence and motivate men to self-refer to specialised services such as perpetrator programmes. Additionally, MOVE will enhance the capacity of perpetrator programmes to engage with men with a culturally sensitive approach.
Based on the needs assessment conducted earlier, the training will build upon the FOMEN experience and ENGAGE roadmap and will be tested in France, Greece, Italy and Spain. Finally, at the end of next year, we will deliver workshops for professionals based on the fine-tuned MOVE outputs.
Find the project on social media under #MenOnTheMove
Engaged fatherhood has concrete benefits for children, fathers and families. To reinforce this message, the Fathers Rock team is working on a campaign aimed at future fathers. The campaign incorporates messages surrounding men's accountability for preventing gender-based violence and seeking help when needed. It fosters caring masculinities and active engagement of fathers in parenting. We aim to deliver this message to fathers through our work with specialised perinatal services, frontline professionals and institutions.
The Fathers Rock messaging builds on earlier outputs successfully delivered by Men in Care, Engage and Parent and will deliver results in Spain, Italy, and Austria, eventually sharing lessons learned and tools internationally at the end of next year through national and European level webinars.
Find the project on social media under #FathersRock
The CONSENT team has finalised a mapping of best practices to combat the increasingly pervasive, negative impacts of pornography on teenagers and children. Based on this mapping, the project team will develop further training for national experts. These national implementers will develop training and awareness-raising materials for parents, carers and teachers and an emotional development toolkit for young people.
As the needs assessment in Italy and Spain wrap up, it is evident that parents and educators in both countries are concerned about pornography consumption by children and teenagers. In Spain, parents identified the need for training on beginning the conversation on pornography with their children. In Italy, parents also highlighted a need to learn more about how to approach the topic of consent and respect. Based on the needs identified in this phase, the team will develop capacity-building programmes for parents and educators to enable youth to create healthy relationships based on equality and consent.
Find the project on social media under #CONSENT
Links & Resources
- FRA Open Call for Tender (deadline 20 June): The overall objective of the contract is the implementation of the survey on violence against women (VAW II)
- ENoMW event (23 June, 14-16:30 CET): "Undocumented Migrant Women in Europe: A Neglected Chapter in Fundamental Rights Protection"
- Call for Contributions (deadline 31 July): Boys at the Crossroads: Insights and Innovations in Young Masculinities - A multidisciplinary conference-event on working with boys and young men around
masculinity, violence and mental health (Register here to participate in the event)
- Women Fund “Sukhumi” monitoring report: “The importance of perpetrator’s behavior change program at an early stage and existing best practices” on perpetrator work in Georgia
- FVGS publication of the Swiss national statistics on perpetrator work 2021 (GER)
- European Commission publication: "Incels: A First Scan of the Phenomenon (in the EU) and its Relevance and Challenges for P/CVE"
- UN Women "Intersectionality resource guide and toolkit": This publication aims to help both organisations and individual practitioners and experts to address intersectionality in policies and programmes
- Registration is still open for the Criminal Justice Summer Course on "Response to Sexual Violence" (5-8 July, Barcelona): More information and registration
- Child Online Safety Toolkit for policymakers
On 19 May, project partners held the final conference of the Men in Care (MiC) project in Berlin. More than 60 participants from different European countries had the opportunity to see first-hand the conclusions of the project and the progress we made in recent years. We were able to share experiences of companies and organisations that are advancing men's work-life balance and greater involvement in care work.
We would like to thank the Men In Care project partners, the EU Commission and MiC officer Irma Borde who joined us, the speakers at the conference, and all participants who contributed and made the conference an insightful and engaging event.
As a starting point for the Fathers Rock project, our partners are conducting needs assessments, including focus groups with professionals in the field of perinatal care, early childhood care or early childhood education, professionals working with perpetrators and victims, and (becoming) fathers and mothers. These focus groups will generate valuable information and insights for the project's further development.
Our CONSENT partner Blanquerna presented the CONSENT project in the symposium "Comprehensive sexuality education: A global learning and sharing symposium on health, well-being, values, and equity", which took place 1-3 June. The symposium brought together 500 young participants to promote dialogue on education for health, well-being and positive values on sexuality.
Links & Resources
- CoE publication on Art. 14 of the Istanbul Convention: Preventing Violence against Women through Formal and Informal Education
- CoE publication on Art. 4 of the Istanbul Convention: Ensuring non-discrimination in responding to violence against women
- European Commission 2022 Report on Gender Equality in the EU
- EFJCA Conference registration open: "Intimate terror, a very severe form of gender-based violence", 7 June in Rotterdam
- European Commission Proposal for a Directive on combating violence against women and domestic violence: Commission proposes EU-wide rules to combat violence against women and domestic violence
- EIGE job opening: Researcher gender mainstreaming (Closing date: 20 May 2022)
- EIGE job opening: Research Officer – Gender Equality (One year contract) (Closing date: 3 May 2022)
We are conducting a Capacity building programme for perpetrator programmes in Western Balkans within the STOPP project. More than 100 professionals from the Western Balkan region have strengthened their skills in conducting survivor-safety-oriented perpetrator work. Five training days on cooperation between perpetrator programmes and survivor support services, risk assessment and management, and cyber violence, as well as the webinar on guidelines for standards in perpetrator work, have already been conducted. Find out more about the programme and register for the upcoming webinar on "Perpetrator work in Covid-19, learnings from online service provision" that will take place on 28 April 2022.
The STOPP project is implemented within the framework of the UN Women programme "Ending violence against women in the Western Balkans and Turkey: Implementing Norms, Changing Minds", funded by the European Union.
Earlier this year, we launched the Fathers Rock project, which focuses on preventing gender-based violence by men who are (becoming) fathers through collaboration with key services. The project aims to improve men's social and emotional capacity and their skills in dealing with parenting and to enhance the skills of services to involve and support men in parenting to minimise the risk of violence and increase accountability.
We have begun working on the CONSENT project, which will tackle the premature hypersexualisation of youngsters and promote healthy gender roles and consensual behaviour among peers. Through the tools developed by the partners, parents, carers, teachers, and educators will learn about kids' easy access to sexually explicit material. Informed about the negative impacts of pornography and with an increased capability to detect and tackle online abuse, they will be able to support the safe and healthy development of the children in their care.
The MOVE project aims to end men's violence against women and girls, including honour-related violence and oppression while acknowledging that men and boys have an essential role in violence prevention. The MOVE project focuses on increasing the readiness and skills of frontline professionals and specialised perpetrator programme staff to effectively identify, refer, and work with male perpetrators of gender-based violence with a migration background. The project will use an anti-racist, inclusive, and culturally sensitive approach while considering the Covid 19 pandemic.
This month, we had the kick-off meeting to begin the ASAP 2.0 project, which aims to increase the effectiveness of treatment programs for perpetrators through the implementation of a systemic approach. ASAP 2.0 will develop and upscale the work done within the project ASAP, by training partners' staff members, through mutual capacity building activities. During the ASP 2.0 project, partners will use the Impact toolkit to create a shared knowledge base to improve and update the effective practices and tools for perpetrator work in multiagency cooperation.
WWP EN Executive Director Alessandra Pauncz and Training and Capacity Building manager Sandra visited Albania last week to support the local perpetrator programmes WtW, CLMB, Vlora and Another Vision as part of the ALIVE project. These perpetrator programmes are working to improve their cooperation with survivor support services, risk assessment and management, and partnerships with local communities.
We were immensely grateful to have the opportunity to meet our partners and have a good time together, allowing us to build better cooperation.
Interview with Letizia Baroncelli and Elena Gajotto
Letizia and Elena are both facilitators of perpetrator programmes in Italy. The organisations they work for have been using the IMPACT Toolkit for several years now. This month, they were nice enough to "sit down" with us and discuss their experiences with the toolkit. You can read everything about it here.
Article on outcome evaluation for perpetrator programmes
The effectiveness of work with men who use violence is a much-debated topic. Quality assurance is crucial for responsible and safe perpetrator work. But how can perpetrator programmes make sure that they are offering safe, impactful and innovative interventions?
At WWP EN, our colleague Berta is responsible for everything related to research. She took some time and shared her thoughts on quality assurance in the work with men who use violence. Read her article here
- Recordings: International Conference on Men and Equal Opportunities Day 1
- Recording: DRIVE Webinar on perpetrator mental health after COVID-19 lockdown
- Report: Masculinities and COVID-19
- Resources: Perpetrator work during COVID-19
- Toolkit: Incorporating Intersectional Gender Analysis into Research
- Toolkit: Anti-racist Organisational Change
- Website: Perpetratr work in virtual reality
- Article: Identifying femicide locally and globally
Interview with CONSCIOUS Project coordinators
Since 2018, WWP EN has been working alongside ASL Frosinone and Italian partners on the CONSCIOUS Project. CONSCIOUS is aimed at reducing rates of recidivism amongst perpetrators convicted of sexual and domestic violence. The practical work on the project takes place in prisons in Italy. Earlier this year, the COVID-19 pandemic changed the way we work and live and, consequently, work on the CONSCIOUS Project had to evolve to adapt to this challenge.
Read the interview here
- Webinar Recording: "How to Help Someone Victimized by Coercive Control" (organised by the Partner Violence & Mental Health Network)
- BISC-MI Archives of Oregon Tri-County Batterer Intervention Provider Network Meetings: Archive of debates from the past 20 years
- Webinar Recording: "Cybermisogyny during Time of COVID 19 and Beyond" (organised by YWCA Canada & LEAF)
- Video: What is Stalkerware? (Coalition Against Stalkerware)
- Article: Conducting research on sensitive and traumatic topics during a pandemic
- Toolkit: Anti-Racism as Violence Prevention (compiled and developed by Futures Without Violence)
Interview with CAM Firenze
Italy was the first European country to go into full lockdown. The team of the Florence-based Centro di Ascolto Uomini Maltrattanti (CAM) sat down and answered some questions about how they dealt with the challenges posed by COVID-19.
Read the interview here
- European Council: Gender Equality Strategy 2020-2025
- GREVIO: Baseline evaluation report on Serbia
- GREVIO: Baseline evaluation report on the Netherlands
- GREVIO: Baseline evaluation report on Italy
- Call to Action: A Domestic Abuse Perpetrator Strategy for England And Wales
- WWP EN Expert Paper: "Addressing sexualised violence in the work with perpetrators"
- Kaspersky: The State of Stalkerware in 2019
Interview with Heinrich Geldschläger
For the ENGAGE Project, which concluded in December 2019, organisations from Spain, France, Italy and Germany developed a roadmap and training for frontline professionals interacting with male perpetrators of domestic violence.
Heinrich Geldschläger, from the Spanish project coordinator CONEXUS, agreed to sit down with us and share some of the central project outcomes and lessons learned.
Read the interview here
Interview with Rus Ervin Funk
In this interview, Rus Ervin Funk shares insights from decades of experience working with men who perpetrate sexualised violence, his view on pornography and thoughts on overcoming one's fears of addressing sexualised violence.
Read the interview here.
- ENGAGE Project: Project Roadmap & Training Package
- RESPECT: Respect Toolkit for Work with Male Victims of Domestic Abuse
- EIGE: Toolkit on gender-sensitive communication
- Journal of Gender-Based Violence, 3(2)
- Texas Council on Family Violence: Webinar "Understanding Reproductive Coercion"
- WHO: policy guideline on Preventing Violence Against Women
- EIGE: report on Understanding intimate partner violence in the EU: the role of data
Interview with Shakhnoza Khassanova
Shakhnoza Khassanova from the Kazakh NGO Sana Sezim gives us an insight into their work, as well as the legal and practical situation on domestic violence in Kazakhstan.
Read the interview here.
Interview with Michi Gosch and Susanne Pekler
Michi Gosch, manager of the Styrian women's shelters, and Susanne Pekler, director of NEUSTART Styria, took a moment to answer some questions about their new anti-aggression training for women using violence.
Read the full interview here.
Interview with Attiya Khan
Attiya Khan is the co-director and protagonist of the documentary "A Better Man".
The documentary portrays her unique way of healing from decades old trauma and engaging with her abusive ex-partner.
Read the full interview here.