Project “Prevention of violence through experiential learning about gender equality and constructive family relationships”

In September, KCM started implementing the project “Preventing Violence through Experiential Learning on Gender Equality and Constructive Family Relations,” with the support of the United States Embassy in people-2557396_960_720Belgrade. The aim of the project is to reduce the rates of violence in intimate partnerships in the long term and to permanently change violent behaviors through the implementation of non-formal educational programs.

As a first activity under the Project, in November, a roundtable “Youth Education as a Method of Preventing Partnership Violence” will be held as the first of two meetings to be held within the project dedicated to the conception, development, and methodology of non-formal youth education programs.

At the roundtable, representatives of the academic community, representatives of civil society organizations and members of the UG Crisis Center for Men (KCM) will discuss the concept of violence prevention through non-formal education, successful models and methodologies, as well as topics relevant to youth violence prevention.

 KCM will present a non-formal education program that provides future professionals with the latest knowledge and contemporary approaches necessary to better understand the phenomenology and underlying causes of violence. The program covers topics such as child development, parenting, gender equality, intimate partnership, development of empathetic response (mentalization) and others.

The learning and teaching process rests on experiential pedagogy according to Kolb’s concept of the learning cycle. The structure of the program will be available in the form of a two-day seminar for university teachers and in the form of a semester-long course for students.

The educational program is planned to have 5 modules:

Introductory Module 0 will be structured to introduce students to the topics. Since, at this early stage, the teacher will introduce regular consultations to assist students in their individual work.

The first module will introduce the main concepts underlying the topics that underlie the meaning and what are the principles of nonviolence and gender equality while recognizing the complexity of their interpretation and application. In addition, the module will facilitate relationships and cohesion between students.

The second module guides students through a discussion of personal and shared values ​​that they lead through exploring personal values ​​in relation to the values ​​of other group members, experiencing constructive and destructive dynamics within groups. At the end of this module, participants should understand what values ​​are and how they shape one’s behavior or actions.

In module three, students would relate the concepts discussed in the first two modules to personal and shared values and would continue to explore their relationships while acknowledging the challenges of their application in a complex environment. In this module, students will have exchanges with professionals dealing with violence issues by exploring examples of complex realistic situations with ethical dilemmas that guide professionals in making decisions for the benefit of people in need.

The fourth module will explore ideas and discuss opportunities for actively engaging students to implement the value of nonviolence in their community. The module will provide information on project management and media relations and will allow students to jointly explore the areas in which they may contribute, make a joint decision about their project and formulate it.

Students will manage projects individually or within local organizations through the implementation and documentation of their contributions to the implementation of what they have learned about non-violent and gender equality in their community during the fifth module.

The contact person for the round table organization is Zoran Ostojic, 060/301 77 67 |

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.

Education of new therapists

It is desirable that training participants, in addition to graduating from the humanities area, have some experience in group work, and have completed training in one of psychotherapeutic modalities.

At the beginning of education all participants will receive training manual for the implementation of treatment programs.

The educational program is accredited by the Republic Institute for Social Protection, and carries 15 points for licenses for employees in social protection.

The educational program is delivered by certified coaches, psychotherapists from the NGO sector.

The objectives of the educational program are:

Mastering basic scientific knowledge in the field of the phenomenon of violence in partner relationships that are necessary for the proper implementation of the program.

Acquiring specific skills of participants to perform the treatment with the perpetrators of violence.

The program duration is 7 days, each day includes 4 blocks of 90 minutes each, a total of 8 hours with breaks between blocks and an hour-long lunch break.

Topics and program of education:

  • The first day of training: Understanding the phenomenon of violence; Introduction into the treatment of perpetrators of violence in partner relationships;
  • The second day of training: Reviewing personal attitudes related to violence; Preparation for the session with the victim;
  • The third day of training: Adoption of the basic concepts of group work skills; Adoption of the knowledge for the execution of the first three workshops in treatment;
  • The fourth day of training: Adoption of skills to perform the sessions within the theme ‘Psychological Violence’, ‘Sexuality’, “Alternative to Violence” and “Responsibility;”
  • The fifth day of training: Adoption of skills for performing sessions under the theme of “Father and Child”, “The Causes of Violence”, “The Consequences of Violence;” Acquaintance with the recommendations for reporting on the treatment of perpetrators of violence in intimate relationships
  • The sixth day of training: Introducing the concept of secondary trauma; Preparations for the execution of the final exam
  • The seventh day of training: Assessing the degree of mastery over content and theoretical knowledge of the training program; Evaluation of training program.

After the training, the implementation of treatment programs for perpetrators of partner violence, involves a combination of individual and group work and requires the participation of at least 2 co-therapists.

A detailed program of training is available at

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