On 24 and 25 October 2020, the second compulsory elective course for medical students on the topic of "Domestic Violence in an International Context" was held - due to the Corona Pandemic - online again. The elective course was designed to be interactive and allowed the 16 students to engage in lively discussions.
Prof. Dr. Dr. Bettina Pfleiderer - IMPRODOVA´s German WWU partner- gave an invited talk at the annual meeting of the American Pulblic Health Association entitled: Development of online training platform on domestic violence for police, health care and social sector at the 27th of Oof October 2020. The session title was "COVID-19 and human rights".
Prof. Bettina Pfleiderer, IMPRODOVA consortium partner from the University of Muenster, Germany, was guest of honor and gave a presentationat at the first training course of the Federation of Obstetric and Gynaecological Societies of India (FOGSI) on the topic "European online training platform on domestic violence for the medical sector". The IMPRODOVA platform was very well received by the 200 Indian participants of the course and many are very interested to use the training materials of the platform in the future.
The IMPRODOVA project was presented to the students of Police University College on 24th of September. The audience of approximately 70 students was told about the field study and development of the tools. By sharing information and research experiences with the students we want to encourage them to open-mindedness and healthy skepticism in their future work. As we have learned in the IMPRODOVA project, many of the good practices on the field of DV work are based on the individuals’ courage to challenge the thinking “this is how we’ve always done it”, and to create networks and local strategies to effectively prevent domestic violence in cooperation with other professionals.
Reports on recommendations for data harmonisation and consolidation in cases of domestic violence (D3.2) now available online in the reports section.
Why do people mistakenly assume that domestic abuse is not a serious problem in our society? Responding to this question, the IMPRODOVA video "Domestic abuse is a much more common problem in our society than many of us think it would be" just went online. The video was animated by Christian Kulczycki and Jonathan Ziegler.
One lingering question of these days' lock-down situation is the COVID-19 impact on gender-based violence.
Our colleague Catharina Vogt has published an article in the European Law Enforcement Research Bulletin discussing why cooperation networks between law enforcement, local support agencies, social services, health care and other relevant professionals are crucial to manage crimes committed in families and intimate relationships.
During 2019, IMPRODOVA partners conducted data collection "in the field" interviewing experts, frontline responders and practitioners being active in the field of domestic violence. Almost 300 interviews have been conducted and analyzed, giving a vivid picture on how cases of domestic abuse are usually processed and what best practices in the eight IMPRODOVA countries are promising approaches for a better support of victims and their families.