During 2019-2020 URU Connect, UK and The Crisis Centre for Women and Children “Ekaterina”, Russia delivered training programme for professionals on working with perpetrators of domestic violence as part of the “Developing Multi-Agency approach to Preventing Domestic Violence and Re-offending in Russia” project, funded by the CAF Foundation, Moscow.
The project goal was to improve safety for women and children victims of domestic violence (DV) in Ural Siberian Region of Russia, through working with perpetrators of DV to help them change their behaviour and develop respectful, non-abusive relationships and reduce their re-offending improving their families’ lives for the better.
The Crisis Centre for Women and Children “Ekaterina” worked closely with the Federal Penitentiary Service FSIN, The Coalition of the Crisis Centre of the Ural Siberian Region, the Department of Internal Affairs, Russia and other stakeholders to develop and implement programmes to support perpetrators of domestic violence and their families.
The two-day training programme for professionals was delivered in Tumen, Cheliabinsk, Kurgan and Ekaterinburg City and was atended by 107 people, members of the Coalition of the Crisis Centers of the Ural Siberian Region and staff of the FSIN.
The development of the training programme and the research framework were informed through the expertise of the British DV sector. In November 2019 the study visit to the UK took place for a group of Russian professionals to share knowledge and experience with British colleagues working in the field. Several meetings with the British professionals experienced in working with perpetrators of DV were took place including meetings with the legendary domestic violence researcher Elizabeth A. Kelly CBE, professor and director of the Child and Woman Abuse Studies Unit (CWASU), London Metropolitan, Professor Jyoti Belur, Associate Professor in Policing at the UCL University of Central London, Rani Gundhu, Police Officer – West Midlands Police, Misha Biegus and Diane Rowlands (GLOW, South Staffs), Sajhir Sha (My Time, Birmingham) , Nina George (European Network for Work with Perpetrators WWP-EN) and Sara Kirkpatrick (RESPECT).
The visitors confirmed that they have not only received new knowledge but also the inspiration and confidence to go forward with this pioneering area of work.
Training programmes for police titled “Domestic Violence; working aspects of working with perpetrators – The Role of Police” has been delivered to 90 policemen at the training centre of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Sverdlovsk Area in Nizhni Tagil.
The researcher A Vygodskaya led the project research to assess the implementation of the DV perpetrator programmes and difficulties experienced by professionals. The project research findings confirmed that the DV Perpetrator Programmes are an important new approach of prevention of domestic violence helping perpetrators to change their behaviour and develop respectful, non-abusive relationships reducing their re-offending leading to improvement of their families’ lives for the better. Partners of perpetrators felt safer (violence reduced including both intensity and frequency), relationships with their children and families improved. Perpetrators who completed the training programme also became more motivated in improving financial situation of their families, looking after their health and supporting the development of their children.
The outcomes were used to adapt the training programme to various groups of professions in different areas of the region. The research also helped to establish best practice and the success indicators when delivering programmes to perpetrators of DV.
The end of project Round Table “New approaches of working with families experiencing domestic violence – Domestic Violence Perpetrator Programmes” took place on 27th February 2020 in Ekaterinburg. The round table was attended by 27 people, members of the Coalition of the Crisis Centre from Ekaterinburg, Tumen, Kurgan, Cheliabinsk and other cities of the Sverdlovsk Area as well as staff of the Federal Penitentiary Service FSIN, representatives of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Sverdlovsk Area, staff of the Faculty of Law of the Urals Pedagogical Academy and the representatives of Ekaterinburg City Council.
Training materials and the project research are published on the Crisis Centre “Ekaterina” website http://www.kc-ekaterina.ru/en/abouten.php
The results of the project were also presented by the Crisis Centre ”Ekaterina” at the Seminar “Multiagency Working: Solutions for Prevention of Domestic Violence in the Regions” organised by the Council of Europe, Ministry of Labour and Social Protection and the Human rights Representative, supported by the Ministry of International Affairs of Russian Federation, which took place on 18-19 February 2020 in Ekaterinburg. The DV Perpetrator Programmes were welcome as a good practice and recommended to be implemented in other regions of Russia.
URU Connect, United Kingdom,
Kath Rees, Director
The Crisis Centre for Women and Children “Ekaterina”, Russia,
Ludmila Ermakova, Director