Seminars - Gdańsk, 16 September , 2009
On 16th of September 2009 in Gdansk took place first of series of seminaries anticipated in the project “South Baltic – domestic violence free zone”. Seminary was organized by Network of East West Women NEWW Poland on the subject “The perpetrator of domestic violence. Isolation and therapy”. Seminary took place in the City Hall, where now exist Gdansk Metropolis 2016 The European Capital of Culture Candidate.
The main goal of the seminary was to present the topic of domestic violence against women in the South Baltic Region, with special emphasis on the isolation and the therapy of the perpetrators. Also there were discussed problems with use of the Polish Act of Counteracting Violence in Family.
The Director of Network of East-West Women NEWW Poland – Mrs. Malgorzata Tarasiewicz together with the vice-president of Gdansk Mrs. Ewa Kaminska have welcomed the guests and participants of the seminary from Sweden and Lithuania.
The first part of the seminary concentrated on the presentation of the situation regarding domestic violence in partner’s countries. Presentations were made by: Katarzyna Kurkiewicz (NEWW Poland), Arunas Kuras (Crisis Centre for Men, Lithuania), Mona Olausson (Women’s Shelter in Karlshamn, Sweden) and Tommy Johanson (Therapist of the perpetrators of violence, Sweden). All presentations were about domestic violence with special emphasis on the therapy and isolation of the perpetrators.
Very controversial presentation had Krystyna Kmiecik-Baran, PhD, who claimed that teaching and talking about domestic violence is ineffective. Only mass media has a special role to play, because through social campaigns and advertisements, they could try to change the public opinion about domestic violence.
The process of isolation of the perpetrators of domestic violence, as well as institutional ways of help directed to the victims has been presented by Mr. Krzysztof Stasiak - Probation Officer from the District Court in Gdansk. Mr. Stasiak has explained the role and objectives of the probation officers who work with cases of domestic violence. He also explained the stages of domestic violence and procedures which are crucial for the work of probation officer.
Very interesting were presentations of Mrs. Dorota Kamczatek form Crisis Intervention Centre from Tczew and of Mrs. Katarzyna Sterencza from prison in Sztum, who have presented their experience from work with the perpetrator of domestic violence. They both were talking about legal, as well as practical aspects of corrective and educational schemes for the perpetrators of domestic violence. They presented the program of the scheme and mayor problems, like for example problem with completing the group of people who would be willing to undertake the therapy – there is only a slim interest and only the mandatory participation ordered by the court can improve the situation.
The second part of the seminary was discussion panels. The main motives of the discussions were problems with applying the Act about Counteracting Violence in the Family. Experts who participated in the debate were: Jacek Maciag – the Judge of Penal Department of District Court, Miroslawa Jezior – Director of Civic Centre of Social Help in Gdynia, Katarzyna Kurkiewicz – lawyer from the Network of East-West Women, NEWW Poland, Zbigniew Kowalczyk – Police Officer from Prevention Department of City Police Headquarters from Gdansk.
The second debate was about the proposed changes in the Act of Counteracting Violence in Family. Participants: Iwona Guzowska – deputy from polish party Civic Platform, Sylwia Spurek – expert, author of sole legal Comment to the Act of Counteracting Violence in Family, lecturer of University of Warsaw and Krzysztof Szerkus – Gdansk Regional Plenipotentiary of Ombudsman.
The Network of East-West Women NEWW-Polska has the pleasure of inviting to an seminar
within the framework of the project The South Baltic – Violence Free Zone
The perpetrator of domestic violence against women.
The isolation and the therapy
16th September 2009
Gdansk Metropolis European Capital of Culture Candidate Office
Ul. Długi Targ 39/40, Gdansk
9.00 – 9.30
Registration of the participants
9.30 – 9.45
Malgorzata Tarasiewicz, Director of the Network of East-West Women NEWW- Polska
Anna Urbańczyk, Gdansk Metropolis European Capital of Culture Candidate Office
09.45 – 11.15
Therapy and isolation of the perpetrators of domestic violence in the South Baltic Region - presentations
Katarzyna Kurkiewicz, lawyer of the Network of East-West Women NEWW-Polska (Poland)
Arunas Kuras, director of Men Crisis and Information Center, Lithuania
Mona Olausson, volunteer from Women’s Shelter, Karlshamn, Sweden
Tommy Johanson, therapist, Karlskrona, Sweden
Domestic violence from a sociological perspective
Ph.D. Krystyna Kmiecik-Baran, author of many publication from the field of sociology and psychology, University of Gdansk
Isolation of the perpetrator from the perspective of the probation officer
Krzysztof Stasiak, probation officer of the District Court, Gdansk
11.45 – 12.15
Therapy of the perpetrators - presentations
Dorota Kaczmarek, therapist, educator, the Centre of Crisis Intervention, Tczew
Katarzyna Sterencza, psychologist, Penalt Institute, Sztum
13.00 – 14.30
Problems with the implementation of the Law for Counteracting Domestic
Violence . Panel discussion
Magdalena Szpiner, reporter of Radia Gdańsk, publicist, interested in social problems
Panel discussion participants:
Jacek Maciąg, Judge of the District Court of Law
Mirosława Jezior, Director of Social Care Service, Gdynia
Kasia Kurkiewicz, Lawyer of the Network of East-West Women NEWW-Polska (Poland)
Zbigniew Kowalczyk, Police Department Crime Prevention Section, Gdansk
Presentation of amendments of the Law for Counteracting Domestic
Violence. Panel discussion
Dariusz Szreter, journalist of "Polski Dziennika Bałtyckiego”
Panel discussion participants:
Iwona Guzowska – deputy from polish party Civic Platform,
Sylwia Spurek – expert, author of sole legal Comment to the Act of Counteracting
Violence in Family, lecturer of University of Warsaw and
Krzysztof Szerkus – Gdansk Regional Plenipotentiary of Ombudsman
Summary of the seminar
Partners in the project
Kretinga Women Information and Training Centre, Lihuania Women’s Shelter, Karlshamn, Sweden