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Ronneby, Sweden, 8 April, 2010

On the 8th of April, in Ronneby, Sweden, took place third and last one seminar scheduled for the project “South Baltic area – Violence Free Zone”. The subject of the seminar was “Children as a crime of domestic violence”. Participants talked about the rising numbers of children victims and institutional and non-institutional ways of help.
Our Lithuanian partner: Jurgita Cinskiene presented a speech about “Safety at home, in school and in the street” where she discussed national and international legal acts regarding domestic violence and violence against children in family environment. Mona Olausson spoke about “Children victims of violence”, she presented numbers and statistics from Scandinavian countries. Polish representatives, Police Officers: Magdalena Falkowska and Zbigniew Kowalczyk presented Polish intervention system in domestic violence cases called “The Blue Card”. They also presented procedures and means to fight domestic violence in the Pomerania region.
Next representative was Ylva Sarnmark, who is a consultant of gender equality issues. She made an introduction to the Swedish gender equality policy. Very interesting was presentation of Marie Gustaffson, who is a trained social worker and domestic violence survivor. She talked about her live in a violent relationship and her fight to survive.
After the break there was a series of presentation of trained and experienced psychologists, like Ida Manson, who works with children victims of violence and who spoke about her organization which helps victims. Extremely important and interesting was speech of Yalila Castro, who works with perpetrators of domestic violence in Norway. She talked about culturally sensible approach in the area of domestic violence. After that the participants listened to the presentation of Asa Kallstrom Cater, who is psychologist working with children living with family violence. Her speech was deep an engaged attempt to understand the impact family violence has on children.
The main conclusion from those presentations was thet family violence, even if it is not directly aimed at children, has powerful impact on their psychological and physical wellbeing.
Time: 2010-04-08
Place: Knut Hahn – High school, Ronneby

08:00 – 08:15


08:15 – 08:30

Welcome speech
Anne-Lott Antonsson, Chairman, Women’s Shelter, Karlshamn

08:30 – 08:45

Zbigniew Kowalczyk and Magdalena Falkowska, Police, Poland

08:45 – 09:00

Jurgita Cinskiene, Lithuania Safety at home, in school and in street

09:00 – 09:15

Mona Olausson, voluntary worker, Women’s Shelter, Sweden Children, victims of domestic violence

09:15 – 10:00

Ylva Särnmark

Ylva is a consultant in the field of gender equality with a long and solid experience of gender equality work. Through her company she offers education and training in mainstreaming gender equality in different fields of work.

10:00 – 10:45

Marie Gustafsson, Social worker
Survivor of domestic violence

10:45 – 11:15

Coffee brake

11:15 – 12:15

Ida Månsson, Psychologist, Ersta Fristad, Stockholm.

Ida is a clinical psychologist with a background in the Swedish child and adolescent psychiatry, where she worked with both individual and group treatment focusing on interplay and attachment. Since 2008 Ida is working at Ersta Fristad with group treatment for children and adolescents who have experienced domestic violence. In this talk she will discuss how children are affected by their experiences and the distress it causes on attachment and how the different symptoms are displayed. She will also described trauma treatment used at Ersta Fristad.
Ersta Fristad is a part of Ersta Diakoni, a non-profit organization in Stockholm, a unit specialized in work with women and children who has been exposed to domestic violence.

12:15 – 13:15

Yalila Castro, Psychologist, Alterative To Violence (ATV), Oslo.

I am a clinical psychologist working with domestic violence, more specifically developing more culturally sensitive approaches in the area of domestic violence. Within the ATV organization my clinical work is primarily with perpetrators of Domestic violence with minority background. I also give lectures and training in cross cultural psychology to other psychologist and health workers. Family focus is central to my work and I am doing my specialist training on children and young adults.

13:15 – 13:45


13:45 – 14:45

Åsa Källström Cater, Lecturer, Örebro University

Åsa is a trained social worker, senior lecturer and researcher. She has previously worked at a treatment facility for teenage girls with psychosocial problems. Since 1997, Åsa has researched children’s experiences of violence in their families with special focus on how they handle their experiences and support interventions for those children.

14:45 – 15:30

Göran Janrell, Detective Superintendent, Safety Coordinator Mats Trullsson, Crime Victim Coordinator Blekinge County Police

Göran and Mats works together with a personal safety programme, which is going to be the same throughout the country. The aim of the programme is to provide better protection for threatened individuals and their families, and secure the legal process. According to the Police Act, it is the police who is responsible for the personal safety and shall therefore provide adequate protection to victims of crime.

15:30 – 16:00

Coffee brake

16:00 – 17:15

Expert panel
Today’s experts and representatives from the Cooperation-group, “Violence in Intimate Relationships”
Five- minute introductory:
Göran Sundin, police, historical flashback
Ulla Zimmerman, probation officer, treatment for perpetrators
Hanna Melin, girl’s helpline, prevention work with young people

17:15 – 19:00

Free time

19 00

Dinner at Ronneby Brunn Hotel
Project Part-financed by the European Union (European Regional Development Fund)
Marshal of Pomorskie Voivodeship
Honorable patron the Marshal of Pomorskie Voivodeship
Mayor of the Gdansk City
Honorable Patron the Mayor of the Gdansk City