Prof. Dr. Joachim Kersten is Senior Research Professor and Guest Professor of Criminal Sociology at the German Police University. With his blog he emphasizes the importance of research on domestic violence. Moreover, he gives personal insights into the coordination of the IMPRODOVA project.
Amid protests by social sector organizations in Austria, a debate has resurfaced in national media concerning the precarious financial situation of the institutions involved in responding to domestic violence and abuse.
Considering all the literature and the scheme dedicated to fight against domestic violence (DV), it’s not particularly easy to be accepted by different national stakeholders with a new project. Nevertheless the approach of IMPRODOVA is a real opportunity to open some doors. We can indeed notice that the collaboration between police forces, i.e. practitioners, and the research world is real plus. The different meetings and the net we build weeks after weeks can illustrate this.
New developments: Slovenian police start to use standardized risk assessment tools for calculating potential of repeated victimization in domestic violence cases
Medical doctors are important frontline responders in domestic violence-fighting networks – but it is challenging to have them actively involved
At present, IMPRODOVA research teams in our eight partner countries are harvesting the outcomes of an intensive phase of fieldwork.
Today we have a contribution from our partner Prof. Pfleiderer on 16 days of activism against violence:
This week, and with an article covering 9 pages of case stories, interviews and data, the influential German news magazine DER SPIEGEL has tackled the societal problem of domestic violence which is traditionally underreported, both as a crime and as an issue of public concern. Cost calculations, according to EIGE numbers amount as high as 17 billion for Germany and 109 billion for the EU.