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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.
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 in Interventions 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).
Germany – Transnationale Grundlagen für eine ethische Praxis bei Interventionen wegen Gewalt gegen Frauen und Kinder
Slovenia – Transnacionalna izhodišča za etično prakso v interveniranju proti nasilju nad ženskami in zlorabi otrok
|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
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.