International Scientific Conference “Integrated domestic violence prevention system”
On July 7, 2022, the International Scientific Conference “Integrated domestic violence prevention system” was held at the seat of the Institute of Justice. The event was organized as part of an international research project entitled “Integrated system of prevention of domestic violence”, led by the Institute of Justice with the participation of the Norwegian project partner – University of Stavanger, within the framework of the “Justice” Program financed by Norway Grants and national funds.
The event was officially inaugurated by the Director of the Institute of Justice, prof. Marcin Wielec. The opening part of the conference was attended by the Deputy Director of the Department of Strategy and European Funds at the Ministry of Justice Monika Żuberek, as well as the Coordinator of the Center for Strategic Analysis of the Institute of Justice Bartłomiej Oręziak.
During the event, Polish and Norwegian representatives of science and practice took the floor. The first speaker was Klaudia Łuniewska, who is the assistant to the project manager, who in her speech introduced the assumptions of the integrated system of preventing domestic violence. The next speaker was Dr. Jarosław Przeperski, head of the research team, who raised the issue of supporting relationality in the context of preventing domestic violence. Members of the Norwegian research team consisting of researchers from the University of Stavanger and NORCE, Prof. Ingunn Studsrød, Prof. Brita Gjerstad, Prof. Kathrine Skoland, Prof. Ragnhild Gjerstad-Sørensen, Prof. Patrycja Sosnowska-Buxton, in their speech, presented Norwegian policy and practice on the issue of preventing domestic violence. Representative of the Program Operator, Tomasz Gajewski, Head of the Department at the Department of Strategy and European Funds at the Ministry of Justice, made a presentation of the project – Small Grants Fund and referred to the assumptions of the “Justice” Program. During the conference, Dr. Michał Poniatowski, a member of the Polish research team, also took the floor, presenting the issues of preventing domestic violence in the Polish legal order.
The conference was aimed at increasing public awareness of the phenomenon of domestic violence, as well as informing the public about the above-mentioned a project implemented in Polish-Norwegian cooperation in the field of preventing domestic violence in the family, as well as disseminating information about the “Justice” Program, its progress and achievements in its implementation. The aim of the project is to provide protection to the family by implementing an integrated domestic violence prevention system. The project provides for the creation of a domestic violence prevention model, its testing, and then implementation and implementation. In recent years, the phenomenon of domestic violence has increased in most European countries, therefore the aim of the project is to find comprehensive solutions to the problem of domestic violence. It is pointed out that the best way to solve this problem is to prevent, not just react to the effects of violence. Consequently, it is important to increase vigilance not only when families are in imminent danger of domestic violence, but when they are not yet experiencing it. The idea of the project is to undertake preventive actions which, in order to be effective, must be implemented as system solutions. In this context, we understand them as the organization of activities at the local level that will provide comprehensive help and support to families at risk of domestic violence. Therefore, the key element of the project is the development of a system of integrated solutions in the field of domestic violence prevention, which could be implemented after the test phase in selected municipalities.