Education and training in the field of domestic violence

In the following you will find various training provisions from different countries.

Hungary

“A gyermekvédelmi jelzőrendszeri tagok együttműködésének elősegítése. A kapcsolati erőszak és az emberkereskedelem okozta ártalmak azonosítása és kezelése“.

  • The training aims at increasing awareness about domestic violence among frontline responders. The teaching material focuses on the members of the child protection system (that is operated, organised and harmonised by the child welfare services in order to prevent and stop endangerment of children).

These two organizations / trainings mentioned later on as well (where training provided by NGOs are enlisted):

  • NANE Women’s Right Association provides trainings and prevention programs for professionals, offices, and institutions, covering the following areas: domestic violence, the effects of domestic violence on children, sexual harassment, sexual violence, prostitution, human trafficking, and other forms of gender-based violence and discrimination. These services are also available for interested individuals, such as public forums or youth communities. (www.nane.hu)
  • Patent Association offers courses and trainings for attorneys, lawyers and law students, NGOs helping victims of relationship violence, and for Women’s Rights Organizations. (www.patent.org.hu)
Portugal

Manuals prepared and/or adapted in Portugal, relevant in terms of prevention and intervention in situations of domestic violence.

Slovenia

The police, specifically the Police College, is constantly educating students – candidates for police officers. The topic of domestic violence is one of the topics of the curriculum of the study subject Criminalistics in the second year (full-time students) and one of the topics of the study program of the subject of Criminal Law with criminology (part-time students).

The police, specifically the Training Centre also provides training, retraining and advance training for criminal investigators and police officers, especially those who work with young people and children. They train in Slovenia as well as abroad. The police organize and conduct specialist training aimed at knowing a specific area of knowledge and working with children – victims of domestic violence.

Since 2008, the police have also been implementing a project called Multipliers for Domestic Violence. The goal of this project is that it involves police officers with many years of experience in working in the field and dealing with domestic violence. These police officers and criminal investigators are well acquainted with the activities of other government institutions as well as non-governmental organizations and have a desire to train their employees, who are less experienced. They do it in addition to their regular work. With this project, the police are trying to raise the quality of treatment of domestic violence.

Experts (from the Criminal Police Directorate and the Uniformed Police Directorate) also provide additional advanced professional training. Locally, also police directorates provide some of the content relevant to domestic violence.

The needs for training, retraining and advanced training of police officers and criminal investigators are formed based on:

  • Proposals and assessments of internal organizational units of the General Police Directorate (e.g. Criminal Police Directorate, Uniformed Police Directorate etc.);
  • Proposals and assessments of police directorates (e.g. Police Directorate Ljubljana, Police Directorate Kranj etc.);
  • Proposals and assessments of police stations;
  • Legal obligations;
  • New methods and work techniques;
  • Findings based on complaints;
  • Expert analyses;
  • Annual interviews, etc.

The Training Centre identifies these needs every year, so a training and education plan is prepared. Based on the needs, the Police academy plans and designs programs for individual professional fields in cooperation with afore mentioned units. The training program defines the target group, informative and formative goals, forms and methods of work, duration, providers, literature and financial consequences.

The Police academy Program Council approves the program and the Director General of Police prescribes it. A written decision (exceptionally a contract) covering the rights and obligations of the participant is prepared for the referral to the training.

Finland

Free online training for professionals: Luo luottamusta – puutu väkivaltaan

The online training programme Luo luottamusta – Puutu väkivaltaan (Create trust – Stop the violence) was created in 2019. The purpose of the online training programme is to provide participants with information about domestic violence and help them to reflect on their personal relationship and attitudes towards violence. The training is designed especially for police, social work and health care and it is free of charge.

The training programme can be found here: http://verkkokoulut.thl.fi

Germany

Germany is divided into 16 federal states (“Bundesländer”), and consequently the German police, police laws, and basic domestic violence trainings differ on a federal level.

The basic education of policing in Germany usually grants a bachelor’s level degree. It is common that issues related to domestic violence are covered during the courses that are about more general areas of policing skills and knowledge. Thus, police training offers several learning opportunities that are also relevant to the detection and prevention of domestic violence. Furthermore, in some federal states and police education institutions, it may also be possible to obtain more in-depth training on how to intervene in extremely difficult and stressful police operations of domestic violence. All police students must go through a practical training period at a police department where they have an opportunity to apply and learn a wide range of basic skills of policing.

Police Berlin

Berlin police has three levels of police tertiary education: basic level (mittlerer Dienst), middle management level (gehobener Dienst) and top management level (höherer Dienst), which is the aforesaid two-year Master’s course at the German Police University in Münster (Deutsche Hochschule der Polizei, DHPol). At the basic and middle management training domestic violence relevant matters are presented in various courses ranging from subjects such as law, sociology, psychology and criminology to policing skills and knowledge such as criminalistics, interrogation, victim protection search and management of police action.

https://www.berlin.de/polizei/beruf/polizist-polizistin-werden/ausbildung-studium/

Federal Criminal Investigation Office (Bundeskriminalamt)

In Germany, there is a three-day specialist course on crime Prevention offered by the Federal Criminal Investigation Office (Bundeskriminalamt). This course covers rights of victims, services to victims, protection of victims, and the prevention of secondary Victimization.

https://www.bka.de/DE/DasBKA/OrganisationAufbau/Fachabteilungen/InternationaleKoordinierungBildungsUndForschungszentrum/internationalekoordinierungBildungsUndForschungszentrum_node.html

German Police University

The German police officers at the management level receive 2-year master’s level education under the supervision of the German Police University. The content of the program concentrates mostly on organization, management and leadership, and the policing of serious crimes like mass crimes and organized crimes.

https://www.dhpol.de/studium/das_studium/studiengang.php


Trainings offered by NGOs about domestic violence

Austria

Following links are a selection from many different trainings offered from various providers and institutions throughout Austria. This is not a complete list.

Interdisciplinary Training Offers:

Specific Training for Social Sector:

Guidelines and Trainings for Health Sector:

  • Provides a Curriculum for health professionals on different aspects of (domestic) violence.
  • Wiener Interventionsstelle gegen Gewalt in der Familie (2016): Gemeinsam gegen Gewalt an Frauen und häusliche Gewalt handeln. Leitfaden für Leitung und Praxis in Krankenhäusern zur Versorgung von gewaltbetroffenen PatientInnen; Publikation erstellt im Rahmen des Projektes GewaltFREI LEBEN, Autorinnen: Elisabeth Gruber und Rosa Logar mit Unterstützung von Michaela Egger, Wien. Can be ordered from: office@interventionsstelle-wien.at

Guideline fort the care of women affected by violence:

Hungary

NANE Women’s Right Association provides trainings and prevention programs for professionals, offices, and institutions, covering the following areas: domestic violence, the effects of domestic violence on children, sexual harassment, sexual violence, prostitution, human trafficking, and other forms of gender-based violence and discrimination. These services are also available for interested individuals, such as public forums or youth communities.

www.nane.hu

Patent Association offers courses and trainings for attorneys, lawyers and law students, NGOs helping victims of relationship violence, and for Women’s Rights Organizations.

www.patnet.org.hu

France

The following links have been selected as they propose trainings for police officers and other stakeholders (social, medical, etc.):

1 – This regional centre proposes a one-day training to improve knowledge and skills in order to welcome in good conditions victims of domestic violence

2 – The French University Paris 8, have developed a curriculum on domestic violence to be bachelor graduated

3 – The national French website “stop violence femmes” provides adomestic violenceices regarding the training of stakeholders.

Finland

Training for professionals by Federation of Mother and Child Homes

Training organised by the Federation of Mother and Child Homes provides professionals practical tools that help them offer support to parents and children. Please, contact https://ensijaturvakotienliitto.fi/ to inquire available trainings. 

Training for professionals by Lyömätön Linja

Lyömätön Linja is an NGO that has over 20 years of experience of working with the perpetrators of domestic violence. Lyömätön Linja -service was launched in 1993 and it was the first Finnish domestic violence intervention programme. Miehen Linja -service launched in 2005 and is still the only programme in Finland, which is meant only for immigrant men. Lyömätön Linja offers training to students and professionals. Please, contact this NGO to inquire available trainings.

Portugal

http://www.formacaoapav.pt/index.php/formacao

Portuguese Association for Victim Support has a training portal offering several activities for different groups.

  • Domestic Violence: Preventing Victimization or Revictimization of Domestic Violence

Under the 1st Municipal Plan for the Prevention and Combating of Domestic Violence and Gender, coordinated by the Lisbon City Hall, and UMAR as partner entity and trainer, disseminate the training activities Domestic Violence: prevention of victimization or revictimization of it. The general objective of these training courses is to contribute to deepening the knowledge of professionals, about the violence of gender and domestic, promoting the appropriate technical skills for the intervention of the same.

For this purpose, the following programmatic contents are highlighted:

  • The historical and cultural background of domestic violence and violence issues of gender;
  • Epidemiological data, incidence and prevalence of domestic violence;
  • Explanatory perspectives of domestic violence;
  • Dynamics and processes associated with domestic violence;
  • Principles of intervention: the role of different professionals, the principles regulators, the support process and the burnout;
  • The law and the fight against domestic violence.

http://www.umarfeminismos.org/index.php/component/content/article/15-noticias-e-comunicados/917-formacao-certificada-qviolencia-domestica-prevencao-da-vitimizacao-ou-revitimizacao-destaq