01.09.2017

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EPRAS: Encountering Domestic Violence and Multi-Professional Cooperation among the Police and Social and Health Care Professionals

A part of the Enhancing Professional skills and Raising Awareness on Domestic Violence, Violence against Women and Shelter Services (EPRAS) -project.

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European Commission
Rights, Equality and Citizenship

Funding: European Commission, JUST/2016/RGEN/AG/VAWA
Time: 2017–2019
Researchers at the University of Jyväskylä:
PI, Adjunct Professor, PhD Marita Husso and PhD Marianne Notko, Department of Social Sciences and Philosophy

 

This research project investigates domestic violence encountered by the police and social and health care professionals. The project surveys the professionals’ experiences, conceptions and operating practices related to domestic violence, as well as previous training and needs for further training on these issues. The study focuses on meanings, conceptualizations, attitudes and practices related to domestic violence in these fields of occupation. The aim also is to study the challenges and possibilities of multi-professional cooperation. The project comprises academic research and project evaluation, including the charting of experiences, practices and training needs of the police and social and health care professionals who face domestic violence and violence against women.

 

Research questions

  1. To what extent and in what ways do the police and social and health care personnel encounter domestic violence (DV) and violence against women (VAW)?
  2. What kinds of training on DV/VAW have the police and social and health care personnel received during their professional basic education or during their careers?
  3. What DV/VAW-related training and working practices do the police and social and health care personnel need?
  4. What possibilities and challenges exist for multi-professional cooperation and for recognizing and intervening in DV/VAW?
  5. What are the prerequisites for effectively intervening in DV/VAW in social and health care and police work?

 

Data collection and research methods

  1. Focus group interviews for the police and social and health care personnel
  2. Internet-based survey for the police and social and health care personnel
  3. Evaluation of the effects and outcomes of the EPRAS Awareness Raising Campaign and Training Package for professionals

 

The research is part of the Enhancing Professional Skills and Raising Awareness on Domestic Violence, Violence against Women and Shelter Services (EPRAS) project coordinated by the National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) and funded by the EU (JUST/2016/RGEN/AG/VAWA/4000009936).

Coordinator: The National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL), Finland

Partners: The University of Jyväskylä (JYU) and the Police University College (POLAMK), Finland

Associate partners: Municipalities and operators in social and health care, shelter services and police departments in the Jyväskylä, Tampere and Vaasa regions.

The research and evaluation of the project is led by the Department of Social Sciences and Philosophy at the University of Jyväskylä.

 

Objectives and expected results:

  • Better understanding of this problem area, the development of new, impactful research and increased awareness, knowledge and competencies related to domestic violence, violence against women and shelter services among professionals.   
  • Increase in the competence of the Finnish social and health care personnel and the police to deal with cases of domestic violence, their awareness of violence perpetrated against women, and their knowledge of shelter services and how to direct victims to those services.
  • Increased general understanding and awareness on domestic violence, violence against women, shelter services and referral to shelters.
  • The development and implementation of a training programme for the police and social and health care personnel, as well as an awareness raising campaign for the general public to meet the above-mentioned main objectives.

 

Key words: interpersonal violence, domestic violence, multi-professional cooperation, professional practices, focus group interviews, violence studies, social and health care services, care policy.

 

Contact persons at the University of Jyväskylä:

PI, Adjunct Professor, PhD, Senior Lecturer Marita Husso marita.husso@jyu.fi

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PhD, Postdoctoral Researcher Marianne Notko, Department of Social Sciences and Philosophy marianne.notko@jyu.fi 

Department of Social Sciences and Philosophy, University of Jyväskylä

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