The European Network for the Work With Perpetrators of domestic violence1 (WWP EN) is a membership association of organisations directly or indirectly working with people who perpetrate violence in close relationships2. The main focus of WWP EN is violence perpetrated by men against women and children.
The overall mission of WWP EN is to prevent violence in close relationships as a gender-based phenomenon and to foster gender equality. More specifically, the mission of WWP EN is to improve the safety of women and their children and others at risk from violence in close relationships, through the promotion of effective work with those who perpetrate this violence, mainly men.
To achieve its mission, WWP EN works towards the following aims
- To promote that both existing and newly created European programmes for people who perpetrate violence in close relationships take the safety of victims/survivors as their primary concern and work in partnership and close coordination with support services, mainly for women and their children (as established in article 16 of the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence),
- To foster that programmes incorporate a gender perspective (an understanding of the relationships of violence with structural inequalities and power relations between men and women and with the underlying social constructions of masculinities and femininities)3 and a critical awareness of the intersections of gender with other social locations such as nationality, race, class, age, sexual orientation, physical or mental ability, religion or others,
- To develop, review and update evidence based best practice guidelines and standards for the delivery of interventions for people who perpetrate violence in close relationships, for the delivery of linked safety and support services for victims and survivors of violence, placed within a coordinated community response. To promote that both existing and new programmes adhere to and develop in line with these standards,
- To foster the transfer of knowledge and the exchange of good practices between European organizations working with people who perpetrate violence and with organizations supporting women and their children and other victims / survivors of violence,
- To create and disseminate training opportunities on the work with people who perpetrate violence in close relationships as well as platforms and events to discuss current or controversial issues in this work,
- To promote and undertake research and innovation in the field of the work with people who perpetrate violence in close relationships,
- To raise awareness in the general public and among stakeholders and policy makers of the importance of victim-safety oriented work with people who perpetrate violence within a coordinated community response,
- To develop a library of information on the work with people who perpetrate violence in close relationships across Europe,
- To foster and support the development of local, regional and national networks on the work with people who perpetrate violence in close relationships,
- To promote and support gender-sensitive prevention of violence in close relationships through awareness raising, sharing of information and knowledge and the creation and dissemination of training opportunities,
- To liase and collaborate with other networks and international organizations with similar missions and aims,
- To promote non-violence, gender equality, and human rights both at all levels of society and within the operating processes and activities of WWP EN and its member organizations.
1 According to the Istanbul Convention, “domestic violence” and “violence in close relationships” are understood as violations of human rights and shall mean all acts of violence that result in, or are likely to result in, physical, sexual, psychological or economic harm or suffering to intimate partners or ex-partners or people other close relationships, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or in private life.
2 These include organizations delivering programmes for people who perpetrate violence, delivering associated or coordinated support services for women and their children and organizations researching these services or subject; individuals and other organizations can become affiliate or supporting members.
3 According to the Istanbul Convention, “gender” shall mean the socially constructed roles, behaviours, activities and attributes that a given society considers appropriate for women and men.