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June 2022

Links & Resources

Project Updates

MiC

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.

Fathers Rock

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.

CONSENT

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.

 

April 2022

Links & Ressources

Project Updates

STOPP

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.

Fathers Rock

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. 

CONSENT

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. 

MOVE

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.

ASAP 2.0 

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.

Alive 

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.

Click here to see pictures from our visit

January 2021

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

September 2020

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

June 2020

Recent Publications, Online Resources & Calls for Abstracts

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

March 2020

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

December 2019

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.

September 2019

Project Updates

ENGAGE

The ENGAGE project will be ending in December 2019, but there have been and will be many occasions for us to spread the word on how to train frontline professionals in recognising violent behaviour and addressing it with abusive men. At the ECDV Oslo, Alessandra Pauncz had the pleasure to present the roadmap and the training package, which is now freely available on our website. At our upcoming annual conference, Heinrich Geldschläger, from project partner and WWP EN Member CONEXUS, will be presenting a workshop on the project and for those unable to participate, we will have the pleasure of hosting a webinar to increase knowledge on training frontline professionals.

MiC

Since the last newsletter, a lot has been happening with MiC. Firstly, the project website is now officially live, complete and beautiful (www.men-in-care.eu). Then, in July, the first project event took place in Madrid hosted by project partners UNED - Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia and Fundación 1 Mayo. Over 40 participants from 13 different Spanish companies took part, considering important questions related to paternity leave and work-life balance. Participants discussed: the organisation of work within their companies when a father takes paternity leave; the advantages and disadvantages of part-time paternity leave; the advantages and disadvantages of splitting up the 8 week allowance; how company policies can foster co-responsibility when fathers return to work after paternity leave. In a few weeks we will be heading to Madrid for the next project meeting, where we’re excited to discuss next steps for MiC in depth.

CONSCIOUS

In July, the intermediate project conference took place at the headquarters of Regione Lazio in Rome. Our Director Alessandra attended as a speaker, representing WWP EN. The day was split into two sessions. In the first session, the discussion focused on European Policies to fight violence, as well as the intermediate results of the CONSCIOUS project. The second session focused on restorative justice and models of treatment. Additional news from the conference: we will be adapting our IMPACT outcome measurement toolkit so it can be used to evaluate interventions in prisons!

For any Italian speakers interested, a video from the conference can be found here (https://bit.ly/2lDToM6).

New projects

MARVOW (Multi-Agency Responses to Violence Against of Older Women)

MARVOW is one of our two new projects. It will run for 2 years and focus on protection and support for eldery victims of gender-based domestic abuse, an underdeveloped area of victim support services. Although elderly women are at high risk of abuse, practitioners are often unsure of how to proceed when it comes to helping them. Elderly women fall into the gap between 2 types of family violence: intimite partner violence (IPV) and elder abuse. Additionally, abusers or victims may have cognitive impairments or psychiatric illnesses, making it even more difficult for professionals to handle the situation. Many professionals working in the sector have never, or rarely, participated in training specific to elder abuse. With Europe’s ageing population, this is an issue which is going to become more prevalent.

FOMEN

The second of our new projects, FOMEN, will focus on innovative approaches to preventing gender-based violence amongst male migrants. Migrants fleeing from war and conflict, as well as economic ruin face a breakdown of social structures and unfamilar living environments; these challenge traditional gender relations, social norms and ties. This can often lead to further violence and discrimination. Studies have shown that women and girls who have fled their home countries have often faced multipal forms of violence as a result of this. FOMEN aims to create a greater awareness of how to handle emotions, build social relations, gender equality and women’s and children’s rights. The project will interact with migrant men directly, providing intervention/education programmes. The goal is to not only interact with migrant men through trainings, but also to have an impact on the social environments of the participants.

June 2019

April 2019

Publications

September 2018

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.

Online Resources

ICMEO Conference

Presentations at ICMEO 2018

All presentations from the ICMEO conference - both keynotes and presentations in workshops - are now available online.

 

Publications

Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) Guidebook                                                                                                                    

Executive Guidebook: Practical Approaches for Strengthening Law Enforcement's Response to Sexual Assault

The Police Executive Research Forum (PERF), is a police research and policy organization and a provider of management services, technical assistance, and executive-level education to support law enforcement agencies. PERF helps to improve the delivery of police services through the exercise of strong national leadership; public debate of police and criminal justice issues; and research and policy development.

Promundo report on Engaging Men and Boys in Reproductive Health and Rights

Getting to Equal: Engaging Men and Boys in Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) and Gender Equality

This framing document on men, sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), and gender equality aims to advance the conversation with policymakers, donors, implementers, and activists, and to identify opportunities for further collaboration among advocates. The document highlights guiding principles, identifies 10 priority action areas, and outlines advocacy goals for engaging men and boys as clients, partners, and SRHR advocates. This work should support, complement, and build on past and ongoing transformative work by feminist and women’s rights organizations and activists.

Council of Europe Declaration and Guide to Good and Promising Practices on Genital Mutilation and Forced Marriage

Female Genital Mutilation and Forced Marriage

The Declaration of the Committee of Ministers on the need to step up efforts to prevent and combat female genital mutilation and forced marriage in Europe calls on member States to fully recognise these practices as human rights violations which concern European States, and to this end to develop national action plans and strategies, and to promote exchanges of practices in order to fight against these human rights affronts.

The Guide to good and promising practices aimed at preventing and combating female genital mutilation and forced marriage aims at providing strategic guidance on the standards, principles, features and characteristics of the necessary integrated response to end these practices. In support of these elements the Guide also outlines selected current initiatives being taken by a number of Council of Europe member States in preventing, combating and addressing the effects of female genital mutilation and forced marriage.

Journal of Gender-Based Violence Editors’ Choice

Journal of GBV Editors’ Choice

This month Bristol University Press is introducing new free article collections specially selected by our journal editors. Visit their website for a full list of free content.

 

June 2018

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.

Online Resources

March 2018

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.

Publications

Online Resources

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