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"New German research on gender-based violence - methodology, prevalence, impact and intervention"

Thursday, 23rd of September 2004

Funded by the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth

Moderator: Dr. Renate Klein, European Network on Conflict, Gender and Violence, University of Maine

10:15 Welcome
Frau Christel Riemann-Hanewinckel, Parliamentary State Secretary, Ministry of Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth

10:30 Bridging gender and generational divides: Towards an integrated perspective on human rights and health in everyday life.
Prof. Dr. Carol Hagemann-White, University of Osnabrueck, Co-ordinator of CAHRV

11:00 "Life situation, personal safety and health of women in Germany" - Results from the first German prevalence study on violence against women.
Prof. Dr. Ursula Mueller, Dr. Monika Schroettle, Interdisciplinary Women's Research Center, University of Bielefeld

In the survey 10.000 women were questioned about violence experiences in various life situations. The study, conducted from 2002 to 2004 by the Interdisciplinary Women's Research Center of Bielefeld University in Cooperation with the social research institute infas, was commissioned by the German Ministry of Family, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth. (Summary, pdf file)

Discussion

12:30 Lunch

2:00 Results from the first German pilot-study "Violence against men"
Research team: Dr. Ralf Puchert, Ludger Jungnitz, Willi Walter, Hans-Joachim Lenz, Dr. Henry Puhe

The research team developed and tested an instrument for a representative study to survey the prevalence, circumstances and consequences of violence against men. The researchers consulted literature and conducted qualitative interviews with experts and with violence-affected men in order to develop this instrument. The presentation will give a review of the fields wherein men experience violence. It will offer estimates about the extent of violence against men and discuss future research needs. (Summary, pdf file)

Discussion

3:30 Coffee Break

4:00 From local innovation to standards of good practice? Evaluation of intervention projects against domestic violence in Germany
Research team "WiBIG", University of Osnabrueck, Prof. Dr. Barbara Kavemann, Beate Leopold, Stefan
Beckmann, Ulrike Brandfass, Katja Grieger, Heike Rabe

Since 1997, multi-agency co-operation has been emerging as a distinct methodology for addressing and overcoming domestic violence in Germany. The "WiBIG" group presents results from 6 years of continuous evaluation research on the process and the outcomes of intersectoral co-operation on the levels of the city, the region, and the "Land". Particular attention is given to: - development and implementation of legal reforms (police intervention, civil and criminal law); - innovative support services for direct and indirect victims; - perpetrator programs; - comparative analysis of different organizational models of cooperation. (Summary, pdf file)

Discussion

5:30 Break

5:45 Statements of Experts in Policy, Science and Practice
Frau Christel Riemann-Hanewinckel (Parliamentary State Secretary, Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth), Prof. Sylvia Walby (University of Leeds), Prof. Liz Kelly (London Metropolitan University), Prof. Dr. Helmut Kury (University of Freiburg i.Br.), Eva-Maria Bordt (German coordination of women's shelters), Prof. Dr. Martin Paul (Dean of the medical faculty - Charité Berlin)

6:40 Overall assessment in light of European research and policies
Prof. Myra Marx Ferree, European Union Center and Center for German and European Studies, University of Wisconsin, Madison

7:00 Invitation to an informal get-together with snacks