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. Moreover, he regularly invites members of the IMPRODOVA Consortium to write about topics related to the management of domestic abuse in their respective national settings.
Significance of the Children's House and IMPRODOVA projects for effective high impact violence management in Slovenia
Due to its nature, domestic violence is often concealed. It occurs behind the walls of apartments and houses, away from the public eye, neighbours and supervisory institutions. Considering the findings of family therapy, the developments in a family are isolated from its surroundings by means of invisible psychological, often impenetrable barriers. The barriers make the impact of supervisory and social institutions, such as the police, social work centres and schools, restricted and limited. This is especially true when things that are considered to be domestic violence occur in the family. We already want to keep the lives we lead at home private, and silence and concealment are further enhanced when domestic violence occurs within the family.
In almost all European Member States, and within a few weeks public life has largely come to a halt. The restrictions put in place by Governments as a measure against the further spread of the Covid-19 Virus have raised concerns among practitioners and activists: will the lockdowns result in higher numbers and more sever forms of Domestic Violence? Does the relegation into the private sphere increase the violence? What do we know? And what can be done to mitigate the risks of high impact domestic abuse?
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