TRAINING THE TRAINER FOR DIFFERENT PROFESSIONALS ON VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND CHILDREN
Three-day closed training workshop for professionals working in the area of violence against women (VAW) and children. On the first day of the training workshop, the basics of VAW and domestic violence in particular were covered. Using a combination of presentations and exercises, the trainer helped participants understand the particular dynamics of domestic violence, and to become aware of its intrinsic patterns. The genderbased nature of abuse was highlighted as well as the links between violence against women and patriarchal social structures. The importance of using a gendered perspective and victim-centred approach in service provision was stressed as participants were asked to reflect on their organisations and evaluate their services from the perspective of the victim.
The second day was dedicated to the impact of domestic violence on children and how policies can be shifted or adjusted to better assist victims of domestic violence. In particular, the connection between abuse of the mother and the abuse of children was made. That is, even if there is no direct physical violence toward children, as witnesses of violence against the mother children are also victims.
Participants shared best practice examples of legal protection systems in other European countries such as Germany and Sweden. For example, in Sweden shared custody of children is ruled out in cases of domestic violence. During group work, participants were asked to evaluate their organisation and services and make recommendations for changes in order to better cater to the needs of children in cases of domestic violence. The third day focused on the planning and designing of trainings in individual organisations in order to promote the issue of VAW and ensure the knowledge gained is transferred (multiplier effects). Participants were divided into groups and brainstormed on developing trainings catered to their specific organisation.
Aims and objectives
to raise awareness on the dynamics of violence against women and children, to exchange best practise examples between the participants, and to build the capacity of the participants to transfer the knowledge gained to their colleagues within their departments and services
through the organisation of further trainings (multiplier effects).
The Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies/Advisory Committee for the Prevention and Combating of Violence in the Family
Duration: 3 days
Nuts code: CY000