The project “psychosocial treatment of perpetrators of domestic violence as a ticket for lasting change”

On 20/06/2016 in Media Center was held an introductory conference on the occasion of the beginning of the project: Psychosocial treatment of perpetrators of domestic violence, as well as tickets for permanent change “, which will in the next year implement a non-governmental organization IAN International Aid Network, which is responsible for the project, with financial support Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

The public is summarized psychosocial treatment for perpetrators of domestic violence, which for years successfully used in European countries and exerted a strong influence on the reduction of recurrence of violent behavior in the perpetrators. In our country, work with perpetrators of domestic violence is still sporadic and poorly enforced. The service has not yet been clearly recognized in the legal framework, which calls into question its sustainability.

The project was created with the objective to identify the positive local and international experience in the application of this model, hopes the legal framework that would be most appropriate for its implementation in Serbia and bring the system solutions, which will ensure the sustainability of services and development programs of psychosocial treatment for perpetrators of violence. Results objectives, will form the basis for future more adequate regulation of this legal action, the legal system of the Republic of Serbia.

To this end, the conference gathered the majority of representatives of relevant institutions, of which we received approval for participation in future project activities: MP Meho Omerovic, in front of the Committee for Human and Minority Rights and Gender Equality of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia, representatives of the First Basic Public Prosecutor’s Office , the Ministry of internal Affairs of the Republic of Serbia, the Belgrade Appellate Court, the First Basic Court in Belgrade, CCSW, the Ministry of Labor, employment, veteran and social Affairs of the Republic of Serbia, as well as representatives of civil society organizations, which indicates recognition of the importance of this topic for a society in which we live and which is of general benefit, because we are that way, one step closer to creating a unique network of institutions and organizations, in order to address the causes of the problem of domestic violence, as an extremely complex problem and sore points of our society.

Some of these representatives, presented their vision and give suggestions for the improvement of mutual cooperation in solving domestic violence.

At the press conference were:

Mariela van Miltenburg, Deputy Ambassador to the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Belgrade, a representative of the donors to the project: Introductory presentation;
Mina Mitic Lazarevic, a project manager, a representative of IAN: Announcement of the project “Psychosocial treatment of perpetrators of domestic violence as a ticket to permanent change”
Ana Jankovic Jovanović- PhD candidate in Law, external associate IAN: The legal framework for the implementation of psychosocial treatment in cases of domestic violence;
Vera Despotovic, a specialist in psychotherapy and mediation, Faculty of Media and Communications, Crisis Center for Men: Previous experience in working with perpetrators of violence in partner relationships;
Gordana Radic, deputy public prosecutor, a representative of the First Basic Public Prosecutor’s Office in Belgrade, Department of Domestic Violence: Acting Public Prosecutor regarding the criminal act of domestic violence;
Ivana Ramic, the judge of the criminal department and spokesman for the First Primary Court in Belgrade: The prosecution of the crime of domestic violence;
Dragan Vulevic, head of the Department for administrative control activities in the field of family protection, the Ministry of Labor, Employment, and Social Issues: The activities of the Ministry on improving the system of protection against domestic violence, the planned amendments to the Family Law, with special emphasis on the improvement of reaction system in the treatment of perpetrators of violence.