2013, 2016 and 2017, WWP EN collected national reports from across Europe in order to develop an overview of the most pressing issues connected to work with perpetrators in Europe. The national reports provide a snapshot picture of the key concerns of those involved in the provision of interventions for perpetrators of domestic violence across the EU. The documents also report on the progress that has been made towards the implementation of Article 16 of the Istanbul Convention.
The reports reveal a huge variety in circumstances for work with perpetrators across these European countries. There is a general lack of funding, as well as reliable training quality in the sector. Gender stereotypes remain an obstacle throughout Europe, and significantly influence gender-based violence against women, leading to many reports suggesting a need in awareness-raising. Another significant challenge experienced in many countries is the lack of communication between organisations working with perpetrators and specialised women's support services, child care centres, justice institutions, police and other service providers.
The various countries represented in the reports also differ widely in relation to their progress on the Istanbul Convention, reflecting different work situations and different national legal frameworks. In many countries the national legal framework continues to impede the ratification of the convention.
One very positive development has been the growth of programmes working within community-based approaches. These approaches demonstrate increased recognition of the importance of working with perpetrators as part of a community-integrated response to violence against women, incorporating gender perspectives and a focus on victim safety.
Read the different national reports gathered through the years below: