IMPRODOVA, a research and innovation project funded by the European Union, that started in May 2018 with a duration of 36 months involves a group of experienced researchers and practitioners from eight countries: Austria, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Portugal, Slovenia, and UK (Scotland). It is designed to provide solutions for an integrated response to High Impact Domestic Violence, based on comprehensive empirical research of how police and other frontline responders (e.g. medical and social work professionals) respond to domestic violence in European countries.
In theory we know very well how we should prevent, detect and mitigate domestic violence. However, in daily practice these recommendations and guidelines are not always implemented. Among the many frontline responders, police organizations are often seen as the first point for victims of high impact domestic violence. Yet, according to the World Health Organization, less than 10% of domestic violence victims seek help from the police. Across Europe, there are positive examples of best practices from which we can learn. These best practice example will be shared on this training platform.
IMPRODOVA aims to identify gaps in the cooperation between domestic violence first line responders and delivers recommendations, toolkits and collaborative trainings for European police organizations, as well as medical and social work professionals to improve and integrate institutional response to domestic violence. In turn, this will create a positive feedback loop, which increases reporting rates of domestic violence to police, and the medical profession, community and social work practitioners. This is important as those first responders perform the risk assessment of domestic violence victims.
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