Working with men from migrant populations in practice

Implement a culturally sensitive approach in your work with domestic violence perpetrators

Learn how to offer culturally sensitive perpetrator programmes to men from diverse cultural backgrounds. This training offers practical guidance and tools for all stages of your perpetrator programme, such as additional intake phase elements, and providing partner contact and support. It helps you assess which men fit standard programmes and who might benefit from programmes designed specifically for men with a history of migration and displacement.

Learn how to

  • Conduct the initial assessment of men in a culturally-sensitive and trauma-informed way
  • Provide culturally-sensitive and trauma-informed partner contact and support for women and children
  • Include men from migrant populations in your programme, and how to work on potentially sensitive topics
  • Assess which men need specifically designed programmes and what are the key elements of that work (how to work with cultural mediators, how to form a group, ...)

Training agenda

  • Understand necessary additional elements of the intake phase when working with men from migrant populations (focus on trauma, migratory path, what is left behind, level of integration, ...);
  • Learn about additional elements of providing partner contact and support, and protecting children
  • Learn how to assess which men from a migrant background can be included in your standard perpetrator programmes
  • Understand how to prepare men from migrant populations and other men in the group
  • Learn how to introduce possibly sensitive topics
  • Understand how to assess which men can benefit from attending programmes specifically designed for men from migrant populations
  • Get to know useful resources and how to apply them in the most effective way
  • Learn how to structure tailored groups and understand their key characteristics

The trainers

Kostas Tassopoulos

Kostas Tassopoulos has a Master of Social Sciences in sociology and a Master of Sciences in psychology from the Université Paris V-René Descartes. He moved to Finland in 2000 and he has worked in child protection and the criminal sanctions office. He started his work in Lyömätön Linja Espoo (NGO) in 2006, where his task was to apply and develop the existing Lyömätön tie - Alternatives to violent behaviors program© for immigrant men. Since 2018, he has been the executive director of the NGO.

Juho Vehniäinen

Juho Vehniäinen has a Bachelor of Social Sciences in social work from the University of Applied Sciences. He started his work in 2020 as an Expert of Domestic Violence Preventive work and his specialty is work process with immigrant men including meetings and peer-to-peer support groups.

Daliah Vakili

Daliah Lina Vakili is a German GBV & Migration expert and anti-racism trainer who has been working with refugees since 2017. In 2016, she graduated with an MSc from the School of African and Middle Eastern Studies (London) in Violence, Conflict and Development. Between 2017 and 2018, she worked in Lesvos with refugees, where she specialised on human trafficking, SGBV survivors, unaccompanied minors, and victims of torture. Since 2019, she has been working for WWP EN in the FOMEN project as a researcher and trainer, where she designed an anti-racism training especially for professionals who work with migrant men. Currently, she is supporting the team in the MOVE project.