Conference program2017-11-24T10:14:15+00:00

International conference
“Domestic and gender based violence:
Taking steps for violence free lives”

29. 11. – 1. 12. 2017, Zagreb, Croatia

Preliminary program


Wednesday, 29. 11. 2017

14.00 ‒ 15.00
Conference registration

15.00 – 15.30
Welcome and opening of the conference

15.30 – 16.15
Domestic and gender based violence – what changes are (still) needed for more effective violence prevention and suppression?
Dubravka Šimonović, Ph.D.
United Nations Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences

16.15 – 16.30
Short break

16.30 – 18.00
The afternoon talk
“Surviving domestic violence – a victim’s perspective”
Panel discussion about the impacts of violence for victims’ lives, communities and society.

Moderator: Špela Veselič, Msc.; The Association SOS Help-line for Women and Children – Victims of Violence, Slovenia

Anita Lauri Korajlija, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Croatia
Sanja Bezbradica Jelavić, Odvjetničko društvo Jelavić i partneri, Croatia
Neva Tölle, Autonomna ženska kuća Zagreb, Croatia
Dubravka Hrovatič, Center for social work Novo mesto, Slovenia
Alojz Sladič, General Police Directorate, Slovenia

18.00 – 19.00
Reception and networking

Thursday, 30. 11. 2017

9.00 ‒ 9.45
The Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence Istanbul Convention: how to use it in practice?
Špela Veselič, MSc.; The Association SOS Help-line for Women and Children – Victims of Violence, Slovenia
Assoc. prof. Maja Munivrana Vajda, Ph.D.; Faculty of Law Zagreb, Croatia

9.45 ‒ 10.30
Treating childhood abuse trauma
Bruna Profaca, Ph.D.
Child and Youth Protection Centre of Zagreb

10.30 – 11.00
Break and networking

11.00 ‒ 12.00
“Behind the scenes”
Project FIRST presentation: Croatian, Bulgarian, UK and Slovene perspective
Representatives of the FIRST project partners

12.00 – 13.15
Lunch and networking

13.15 ‒ 14.45
Workshop 1
Creating community solutions for effective psychosocial support to older survivors of violence
Ružica Petrovič; Centre for Social Work Maribor, Slovenia

Workshop 2
Primary prevention of violence and child abuse – what works and why prevention is so important?
Marina Trbus, MSc.; Parents Association STEP BY STEP; Croatia
Mateja Štirn, MSc.; ISA institute, Slovenia

Workshop 3
Domestic violence, gender based violence and asylum: case studies from practice
Markella Papadouli, MSc.
The AIRE Centre (Advice on Individual Rights in Europe), United Kingdom

Workshop 4
War sexual violence and status of war survivors
Marijana Senjak
Centre for Women War Victims – ROSA, Croatia

Workshop 5
Implications of the Istanbul Convention in practice
Sanja Bezbradica Jelavić
Odvjetničko društvo Jelavić i partneri, Croatia

14.45 – 15.15
Break and networking

15.15 – 16.30
Round table
International good practises in dealing with domestic and gender based violence”

Moderator: Neža Miklič, Senior police inspector and lecturer at the Police Academy at the General Police Directorate, Slovenia

Ralitsa Peykova, The AIRE Centre (Advice on Individual Rights in Europe), United Kingdom
Deana Dimova and Elena Krusteva, Center Dinamika, Bulgaria
Nikica Hamer Vidmar, Ministry of Justice, Croatia
Valentina Andrašek, EWL Observatory on Violence against Women, Croatia
Helena Bezjak Burjak, Center for social work Žalec, Slovenia

16.30 – 16.45
Short break

16.45 – 17.30
„Pathways to dealing effectively with depression and reducing suicide risk in cases of interpersonal violence and childhood abuse“
Assit. prof. Vita Poštuvan, Ph.D.
University of Primorska, Andrej Marušič Institute, Slovene Centre for Suicide Research & FAMNIT, Department of Psychology

Friday, 1. 12. 2017

9.00 – 10.30
Morning club
“Establishing new collaborations and alliances – power for making a change”
Conversation with representatives of organizations -“first points of contact” and government.

Moderator: Maja Sever, journalist and editor at HRT

Ivan Makovec, Status M, Croatia
Ana Šeničnjak,Victim and Witness Support Croatia
Maida Pamuković, Ministry of Justice, Croatia
Simona Topolinjak,Ph.D., Municipality of Ljubljana, Slovenia
Maja Hercog, Student organisation of the University of Ljubljana & Nevidno lepilo, Slovenia
Nataša Demšar Pečak, Ph.D., Ministry of Labour, Family, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities, Slovenia

10.30 – 10.45
Short break

10.45 – 11.30
Human trafficking – dealing with a hidden crime in modern society
Markella Papadouli, MSc.
The AIRE Centre (Advice on Individual Rights in Europe), United Kingdom

11.30 ‒ 12.15
Domestic violence survivors friendly court proceedings – reality or a wishful thinking?
Matej Čujovič, MSc.
Judge from Ljubljana High court, Slovenia

12.15 – 12.45
Break and networking

12.45 – 13.30
Engaging men in gender equity and interpersonal violence prevention
Gašper Mlakar, Ph.D. & Iztok Koren, The Association for Nonviolent Communication, Slovenia
Petar Hokman, Status M, Croatia

13.30 – 14.15
What we all need to know to be able to provide proper aid and support to victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse?
Prof. Gordana Flander Buljan, Ph.D.
Child and Youth Protection Centre of Zagreb 

14.15 – 14.30
Closing the conference