Second VIVIEN partners’ meeting held in Zagreb
This week, the second meeting of partners involved in the project VIVIEN was held in Zagreb, Croatia. The meeting lasted for three days (from December 3rd to December 5th) and took place on the premises of the Association B.a.B.e. and the Human Rights House Zagreb. Partners from Finland, Italy, Bulgaria and Croatia attended the meeting in order to summarize and discuss the progress of project implementation, including the difficulties encountered during the process. The partners agreed on a plan for the implementation of upcoming activities.
The meeting contained a Skype session during which the University of Parma presented the results of a study conducted by partners in all four countries, as well as the first results of mapping good practices in educating professionals working with women victims of violence in the European Union. Partners in all four countries need these results to implement them in the content of their national trainings.
B.a.B.e. participated in an expert meeting “Improving the position of victims of domestic violence”
On the International Day Against Violence Against Women, November 25th, B.a.B.e. was one of the speakers on the multi-sectoral training named “Improving the position of the victim of domestic violence”, that was held at the the Police Academy in Zagreb. B.a.B.e. was invited as one of the experts on the subject.
This cross-sectoral gathering brought together experts from different fields of prevention and suppression of gender-based violence. The speakers were: Anita Matijević from Ministry of the Interior, Tatjana Katkić Stanić from Ministry of Demography, Family, Youth and Social Policy, Maida Pamuković from Ministry Justice, Danijela Štimac Grbić, Head of the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Prevention at the Croatian Institute of Public Health, Darko Tot from Ministry of Science and Education, Svjetlana Knežević from B.a.B.e. Association and Sandra Turkanović and Mateja Bubaš from Korak Karlovac Women’s Group.
The participants of the event shared their often complementary knowledge and experience in working with victims of domestic violence. Although each sector entails specific problems and methods, the meeting unanimously concluded that it is necessary to build strong cross-sectoral cooperation and an interdisciplinary approach to supporting victims of domestic violence.
International Day Against Violence Against Women – a day dedicated to sensitizing the public to the global problem of gender-based violence and enhancing the determination of women to report violence to help not only themselves but all other women facing the same problem.
B.a.B.e. held an Intermediate multisectoral training for professionals in Vinkovci
At the Great City Hall in Vinkovci, on Wednesday and Thursday (November 6-7), B.a.B.e. held ‘Intermediate Multisectoral Training for Professionals’.
This is a second training for professionals from the police, judiciary, social services, health, education and civil society sector who are working or might work with women victims of violence. The training is carried out under the project ‘VIVIEN – VIctim VIolence Educational Network, An educational project (Ref. cod. number 810444) funded by the European Union’s Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme.
After September 25th, 26th and 27th when we organized Basic Multisectoral Training in Vinkovci, as a continuation of this model of educating experts from the system to prevent and combat gender-based violence, we designed interactive and highly participatory training to provide concrete suggestions on how improve cross-sectoral cooperation among relevant stakeholders.
The training was prepared and conducted by Sandra Benčić.
The participants of the training also agreed to organize Sectoral Seminars of Sensitization in their work environments in order to impart new knowledge to their colleagues.
B.a.B.e. held a three-day cross-sectoral training in Vinkovci
B.a.B.e. held the ‘Basic Multi-professional Training’ last week in Vinkovci. It is the first of three series of three-day cross-sectoral trainings aimed at preventing and combating violence against women through cross-sectoral education and work with experts from the police, justice, social services, medicine and education sectors, as well as representatives of civil society. The training lasted from Wednesday, September 25 to Friday, September 27.
The goal of cross-sectoral trainings, which we are conducting within the project ‘VIVIEN – VIctim VIolence Educational Network’, is to enhance the competencies of professionals in the system in order to prevent and combat violence against women, but also to avoid secondary victimization of the victim, break stereotypes and prejudices, and allow early recognition of violence.
Thirty participants from Vukovar-Srijem County were educated by experts: psychologist Bruna Nedoklan, lawyer and activist Sandra Benčić and lawyer Ines Bojić.
The trainings are conducted within the EU project ‘VIVIEN – Victim Violence Educational Network’ – N. 810444, which is funded by the European Union’s Rights, Equality and Citizenship Program. Our trainings were supported by Vukovar-Srijem County, on behalf of which participants were welcomed by the Vice-Mayor Đorđe Ćurčić and the Head of the Social Welfare Department Darko Dimić.
‘VIVIEN’ Introduced to the Gender Equality Committee and the Human Rights Coordination of Vukovar-Srijem County
20 September, 2019, Vukovar, CROATIA
On Friday, September 20th, Association B.a.B.e. presented the project ‘VIVIEN – Victim Violence Educational Network’ at the joint assembly of the Gender Equality Committee and the Human Rights Coordination of Vukovar-Srijem county in Vukovar. The county’s Committee and the Coordination were informed about the aims of the project, including the announcement of 3-day intersectoral trainings held in Vinkovci between September 25th and 27th, which gathered professionals in law enforcement, social services, medicine, law and education, with the purpose of building competences for working with victims of gender-based violence and collaboration between sectors. The assembly resulted in cooperation between B.a.B.e. and the Committee and Coordination, which will contribute to decentralizing measures for protecting victims of GBV by educating experts at the regional and local level.
In addition to fruitful collaborative efforts in Vukovar-Srijem county, project VIVIEN has been granted support on a natinal level. It has been officially supported by the Ministry of Science and Education, the Ministry for Demography, Family, Youth and Social Policy and the City of Zagreb. Addditionally, we have established cooperation with the Ministry of Interior, the High criminal court of the Republic of Croatia, the Social Services Centre Zagreb, the Croatian Medical Chamber, the Faculty of Law of the University of Zagreb, the School of Medicine of the University of Zagreb, the Croatian Nurse Chamber, Croatian Association of Social Workers, Croatian Psychological Association, University of Zagreb Health Care, County Team of Vukovar-Srijem County for Prevention and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence, Victims and Witnesses Support Service in Zagreb, Association for Victims and Witnesses Support in Zagreb, Duga Zagreb, Association „Ženska pomoć sada“, „Bubamara“ Association.
The Vukovar-Srijem County Team for the Prevention and Fight against Violence against Women unanimously agreed to cooperate with the Association B.a.B.e. within the project ‘VIVIEN’
11 September 2019, Zagreb, CROATIA
On Wednesday, September 11th, in Vukovar, the Association B.a.B.e. met with the County Team of the Vukovar-Srijem County for the Prevention and Fight against Violence against Women and Domestic Violence to present the project ‘VIVIEN – Educational Network for Victims of Violence: An Educational Project for Improving the Support System for Women Victims of Violence’.
The primary focus of the project is to prevent and suppress violence against women by training professionals from the system – police, justice, medicine, education and social services. Drawing on good practices and innovative models from all Member States, the project addresses current challenges and needs for civilian contributions to government efforts to curb violence against women, taking into account the specific vulnerability and needs of women with disabilities.
The first training will be held on September 25, 26 and 27 at the Grand County Hall in Vinkovci (Glagoljaška 27). The first day of the training was designed as an introductory introduction, project presentation and workshop, led by psychologist Bruna Nedoklan, while the remaining two days would be led by eminent experts: lawyer Ines Bojić and external consultant Sandra Benčić. The training should consist of 25 to 30 trainees from the police, justice, health, education, social services and non-governmental organizations.
The Vukovar-Srijem County Team for the Prevention and Fight against Violence against Women and Domestic Violence unanimously agreed to participate in a series of cross-sectoral trainings.
1st Transnational Project Meeting (TPM) of VIVIEN implementing partnership
(4-7 December 2018,Reggio Emilia – Parma, ITALY)
From 3rd to 7th December 2018, the first Transnational Partner Meeting of the project took place in Reggio Emilia (Italy), and the last day, the 7th of December, the Vivien Project has been officially presented in a public press conference at the University of Parma.
Meeting with stakeholders in Croatia
(15 February 2019, Zagreb, CROATIA)
On 15th of February, in Zagreb (Croatia), the Croatian partner in VIVIEN project B.a.B.e. (Be Active. Be Emancipated) held a meeting with stakeholders and associates from Croatia.
B.a.B.e. presented the project ‘VIVIEN – VIctim VIolence Educational Network’ to the representatives of the Ministry of Justice, Ministry of the Interior, Police Administration of Zagreb, Police Academy, Faculty of Law in Zagreb, University of Zagreb – School of Medicine, University of Applied Health Sciences, Judicial Academy, City Office for Social Welfare and Disabled Persons, Zagreb County Health and Social Welfare Department, Social Welfare Center of Zagreb Croatian Nursing Council, Croatian Association of Social Workers, Croatian Psychological Society, Victim and Witness Support Service and Status M. B.a.B.e. proposed co-operation models and supported letters for the future project activities were and well being of Croatian society.