The Project is being supported by the Open Society Fund Prague from the Let’s Give (Wo)men a Chance programme, financed from Norway Grants.
Project duration: 1. 2. 2015 – 31. 10. 2016
With Norway Grants, Norway contributes towards a reduction in economic and social disparity and the strengthening of mutual cooperation in Europe. It promotes, above all else, environmental protection, research and scholarships, civil society development, health care, children, gender equality and an improvement in the efficiency of justice. The Let’s Give Women a Chance programme promotes equal opportunities for women and men both in their work and personal lives as well as prevention and help for victims of domestic and gender-based violence in the Czech Republic. It is operated by the Open Society Fund Prague, which has been developing values of open society and democracy in the Czech Republic since 1992.
Project Summary and Aims
The vision that shapes all our project activities is one of a society that is sensitized to violence in relationships.
Our aim is to reduce the incidence of domestic violence and sexual violence, i.e., rape and sexual abuse, in society by qualitatively and quantitatively expanding services to victims and increasing capacity for therapy for violent persons. To optimize addressing domestic violence, sexual violence, and therapy for violent persons, we will sensitize the professionals involved in these areas and strengthen their interest in them.
We are launching an Inter-Disciplinary Team in Brno to address the issue of sexual violence and we will share good practices there and develop its knowledge with the participation of our Norwegian partner.
A statewide sociological survey focused on domestic violence, sexual violence and violent persons will yield valuable data for presentation to a broad range of lay people, professionals and students and for use in addressing domestic violence and rape and sexual abuse as well as working with violent persons. The information will be used in a media campaign focused on changing society’s attitudes toward violence in relationships.
All project activities are based on actual needs and will contribute toward the desired social changes as a whole.
20. 6. 2016
In 2010 the Brno-based organization Persefona began implementing the idea of working with the perpetrators of violenc ein addition to victims. From our long-term experience it is unequivocal that only a comprehensive approach to addressing the issue of domestic violence can be effective.
7. 3. 2016
In the past we have contributed to opening up discussion of therapy for violent persons in the Czech Republic. When we were still a program at the League of Human Rights, we made our expert contributions to the “Safe Coexistence” (Bezpečné soužití) conference. We have been working with violent persons for more than five years now and we are constantly educating ourselves in this area. The arrival of new staffers here at Persefona was a good opportunity to refresh the entire team’s knowledge in this field.
22. 10. 2015
Persefona z.s. calls on you to submit your proposals and demonstrate your qualifications for a small-scale public tender. The subject of this tender is the implementation of empirical research on the topic of the Czech public’s attitudes toward, awareness of and experience with sexual violence.
31. 8. 2015
Two heads are better than one. When professionals from a field that requires constantly paying heightened attention to things get together, it is almost certain that the result will be exceptional. The first meeting of the members of Brno’s Interdisciplinary Team for Addressing the Issue of Sexual Violence took place in June. It is already apparent that this team will significantly contribute to bolstering systemic dialogue on this issue.
31. 8. 2015
We believe it is never good to say “enough already” when it comes to acquiring new knowledge that can be applied in our work. Even though we educate ourselves year-round, recently we have had a period of very rich opportunities for such realizations. Through this article we would like to share with you what those experiences were.
28. 5. 2015
If the struggle against domestic and sexual violence is to be waged 100 %, there is a need to address this issue from all sides. Professional aid to victims of these wrongs has found its place in our social services system already, but what is it like for the persons who commit this violence and then find the will to do something about it?