Cultural Encounters in Interventions against Violence (CEINAV)

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The project ‘Cultural Encounters in Interventions Against Violence’ (CEINAV) takes a dual approach to cultural encounters as they play out in ethics, justice, and citizenship, through a focus on the fundamental rights of women and of children to safety from violence. It will explore both national legal and institutional cultures as they affect practices of intervention, and the growing diversity within European countries, where symbolic boundaries of cultural belonging can define social exclusion and inclusion.

Four EU countries, Germany, Portugal, Slovenia and the United Kingdom, will be studied, and differing approaches to the protective role of the state (as expressed in law, policing, and social welfare intervention) will be contextualised in the history of colonialism, democracy, migration, and diversity.

The research will explore on the one hand why, despite an explicit European consensus on stopping violence against women and protecting children from harm, the practices of intervention and the rationales behind them differ between countries, and on the other, how policies and institutional practices intended to ensure the 'best interests of the child' and the freedom and safety of women from violence may be deployed differently and have quite different effects for disadvantaged minorities within each country.

In consultation with eleven associate partners who represent networks of practitioners and stakeholders, the project will focus on three forms of violence for which state responsibility is well established: intimate partner violence, child abuse and neglect, and trafficking for sexual exploitation. Using paradigmatic narratives, in-depth discussions with professionals involved in intervention will be analysed for their implicit and explicit discursive constructions and normative representations. Exploring the perspectives of stakeholders who work with migrant and minority women and children will illuminate the tensions each group negotiates – and through this, enrich the debates on multiculturalism and diversity.


Interview with Carol Hagemann-White and Maria José Magalhães on "International Innovation"

Professor Dr Carol Hagemann-White and Professor Maria José Magalhães outline the CEINAV project and respective research aims as well as the benefits of forming international partnerships on the website "International Innovation" with the title "Seeking to understand the impact of violence interventions for women and children across Europe". 

You can download the article Interventions against GV and CA and the Dissemination guide

Project team

Associated partners 

Domestic Violence
AP-1: Bundesverband Frauenberatungsstellen und Frauennotrufe, Frauen gegen Gewalt e.V., DE, Ms Ute Zillig,
AP-2: Association for Non-violent Communication, SI, Ms Katarina Zabukovec Kerin,
AP-3: IMKAAN, UK, Ms Sumanta Roy,
AP-4: União de Mulheres Alternativa e Resposta – Umar, PT, Dr Ilda Afonso,
AP-5: Koordinierungskreis gegen Frauenhandel und Gewalt an Frauen im Migrationsprozess – KOK e.V., DE, Ms Eva Kueblbeck,
AP-6: Society Kljuc – Centre for Fight Against Trafficking in Human Beings, SI, Ms Polona Kovac,
AP-7: Black Association of Women Step Out Ltd. (BAWSO), Cardiff, UK, Dr Mwenya Chimba,
AP-8: Association for Family Planning /Associação para o Planeamento e a Família (APF), Porto, Fernanda Pinto,
Child abuse and neglect
AP-9: German section of the Fédération lnternationale des Communautés Educatives (FICE) e. V, DE, Dr Monika Weber,
AP-10: Association against sexual abuse, SI, Ms Erica Kovac,
AP-11: Childrens' Services, London Borough of Hounslow, UK, Janet Johnson and Emma Worthington 
AP-12: Associacão Projecto Criar (APC), PT, Ms Leonor Valente Monteiro,

Project leader

Professor Carol Hagemann-White 
University of Osnabrück, Germany 

Project partners

Assoc. Professor Vlasta Jalušic
Peace Institute, Slovenia
Professor Liz Kelly
London Metropolitan University, United Kingdom
Professor Maria José Magalhães
University of Porto, Portugal
Dr Thomas Meysen
German Institute for Youth Human Services and Family Law, Germany

CEINAV outputs

Main results    

CEINAV has achieved one of its main goals: to develop a transnational foundation for ethical practice in intervention, taking a holistic view of the forms of violence we have studied, while attending to differences. The paper Transnational Foundations for Ethical Practice inInterventions Against Violence Against Women and Child Abuse has resulted from in-depth discussions between the entire four-country team, and was written by Liz Kelly and Thomas Meysen with an approach that speaks directly to practitioners and the challenges they face. We make this paper available in the four languages of our project and invite others to translate into further languages (but please let us know if you do).

UK – Transnational Foundations for Ethical Practice in Interventions Against Violence

Germany – Transnationale Grundlagen für eine ethische Praxis bei Interventionen wegen Gewalt gegen Frauen und Kinder

Portugal – coming soon

Slovenia – Transnacionalna izhodišča za etično prakso v interveniranju proti nasilju nad ženskami in zlorabi otrok

Anthology of stories

The five CEINAV teams sought to hear the voices of women and young people with a minority or migration background who had travelled through a history of violence and intervention. From these interviews an anthology of stories was created, in which the women and young people describe when and how intervention helped them or failed to help, and what they think could be done better. The anthology has been artistically designed and aims to be widely accessible. All stories were translated into English next to the original language as an invitation to think about how experiences may differ or be similar in different countries of Europe. The anthology is now available as a print edition and also open access online
An Anthology of Stories. Stories in four languages from England & Wales, Germany, Portugal and Slovenia
Published: 2016
Editors: Hagemann-White, Carol/ Grafe, Bianca
Publisher: Barbara Budrich, Opladen

Working papers

Child Abuse and Neglect in Germany
CAN Working Paper DE
Domestic violence in Slovenia
DV working paper SI
Child Abuse and Neglect in Portugal
CAN Working Paper PT
Domestic Violence in UK
DV Working Paper UK
Child Abuse and Neglect in Slovenia
CAN Working Paper SI
Trafficking for SE in Germany
TSE working paper DE
Child Abuse and Neglect in UK
CAN Working Paper UK
Trafficking for SE in Portugal
TSE Working paper PT
Domestic Violence in Germany
DV working paper DE
Trafficking for SE in Slovenia
TSE working paper SI
Domestic Violence in Portugal
DV working paper PT
Trafficking for SE in UK
TSE Working Paper UK


Working paper on Salient ethical issues for intervention against violence


Project funders

Funding info

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 291827”. The project Cultural Encounters in Interventions Against Violence (CEINAV) is financially supported by the HERA Joint Research Programme which is co-funded by AHRC, AKA, BMBF via PT-DLR, DASTI, ETAG, FCT, FNR, FNRS, FWF, FWO, HAZU, IRC, LMT, MHEST, NWO, NCN, RANNÍS, RCN, VR and The European Community FP7 2007-2013, under the socio-economic sciences and humanities programme.