Improvement and innovation in the services offered to persons threatened by violence in the context of addiction
The non-profit organization BUDÚCNOSŤ, n. o. received funding from the Norway Grants for the implementation of the project “A FUTURE WITHOUT VIOLENCE”. The total sum of funding is €341,997.50, and the project is co-funded by the state budget of the Slovak Republic with the sum of €60,352.50, too. The project focuses on provision of services specially designated for persons threatened by violence in the context of addiction, and it directly addresses this target group. Secondary target group of the project is represented by children of the clients (both women and men) threatened by violence in the context of addiction. In addition, educational activities focused on broadening and deepening the skills and abilities of teachers in primary schools will be a part of the project, too. Further objective of the project is to conduct a campaign which will raise public awareness of the violence committed against women and children, in the context of addiction.
Project: “A FUTURE WITHOUT VIOLENCE” Improvement and innovation in the services offered to persons threatened by violence in the context of addiction
Call Number: DGV03
Project Number: DGV03020
Programme: Domestic and Gender-based Violence
Project Approval Date: October 28, 2022
Project Contract No. : 1565/2022
Project Activities Implementation Period: October, 2022 – March, 2024
Project Output: Protected and supported victims of domestic and gender-based violence
Project Results: Broadened or improved services offered to victims of domestic and gender-based violence
Project Grant Approved: €402,350
Project Partner: ALEJ, consulting centre, (citizens’ association), Bratislava – a non-financial partner
Project Objective: The project focuses on provision of services specially designated for persons threatened by violence in the context of addiction, and it directly addresses this target group.
Activity 1: A FUTURE without violence. Improvement and enhancement of the work in the Consulting centre for the persons threatened by violence in the context of addiction
Activity 2: Childhood without violence. Innovative approach to supporting children from families threatened by violence in the context of addiction.
Activity 3: Non-violently about violence. Educating teachers about the sphere of addiction in relation to violence in the context of addiction.
Activity 4: Publicity and supporting activities.
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On December 6-8, 2023 an international conference and meeting of the SYNERGY network was held in the historical building of the Slovak Republic under the title „Support services for victims of domestic and gender-based violence- the path to results and sexual violence“ which was also attended by representatives of our center. At the same time, we joined the „Letʼs stop violence against woman“ campaign. During these days, we were visited by the participants of the conference, mostly representatives of relevant organizations from the recipient countries of EEA grants and Norway.
29.11.2023- we streamed the first discussion on the topic “Violence in the context od addiction” through the Facebook application online, which was moderated by Nikoleta Kováčová and her guests were doc. PhDr. Ľuba Pavelová, PhD., director of our organization and Mgr. Lenka Ambrušová, our psychologist. The discussion was held on the occasion of “16 days of activism against violence against women”. You can watch it here: https://www.facebook.com/buducnostno/videos/1761173074346762
On November 28, 2023, the fifth online meeting focused on the education of female professional employees of our couseling center took place. Thematically, it was focused on the consequences of experienced trauma caused by violence. Wirh this, we ended the series of trainings, which were implemented by our nom-financial of the consulting project Center Alej, namely Mgr. Daša Malíková, PhD.
24.10.2023 – our project coordinator Petra Balážiová met with Niki Kováčová on TV Nitrička as part of the campaign, where they talked about the progress od the project and assistance provided to persons at risk of violence in the context of addiction.
10.10.2023 – the RTVS show-Ladiesʼ Club was broadcast, in which our Petra Balážiová was a guest, where she approached the topis of violence and addiction.
4.10.2023 – we started the reconstruction of the roof of our center.
30.9.2023 – the year of work on the project is behind us. During the year of project implementation, we provided psychological, social and legal couseling to 77 clients. There were 5 men, 12 children and 60 woman.
26.9.2023 – the fourth online meeting focused on the female professional employees of our counseling center took place. The topic was focused on the importance of creating a safety plan for clients and the need to take into account their readinnes to leave.
September 2023 – we launched an awareness campaign: „Violence in the context of addiction“. It includes the design and production of the campaign logo and slogan, as well as the overall communication strategy and key visuals.
On August 23, 2023 we implemented Activity 3 NON-VIOLENTLY ABOUT VIOLENCE as part of the project. Education of pedagogical workers in the area of addiction with an overlap into violence in the context of addiction. 49 participants took advantage of the education.
On June 27, 2023, the third online meeting focused on the education of female professional employees of our counseling center took place. Thematically, it was focused on stalking, cyberstalking and the possibilities of helping women experiencing violence. Among other things, the philosophy of approach to women, based mainly on respect, acceptance, non-judgment and cooperation, was presented in more detail.
26.6.2023 – entry into force of the contract for the desing and production of the awareness campaign.
On April 25, 2023, the second educational activity dedicated to theory and practice within consulting the women suffering from violence were provided with, was implemented. All participants in the educational activities have gained information about the transtheoretical model of change, dynamics of violence, and strategies of women suffering from violence.
On April 4, 2023, the educational activity called Characteristics and forms of violence in partner relationships took place. There was an ambition to understand the character and nature of violence in relationships, as well as comprehend motivations of perpetrators for violence, their strategies, and restrictions and restraints they impose on their victims, together with many other principal issues related to violence. The educational activity was led by Mgr. Daša Malíková, PhD., the director of the Consulting centre ALEJ, which operates in Bratislava and is devoted to women threatened by and suffering from violence.
We have attended a meeting with the Head of Education Department at the Municipal Office in Nitra on the implementation of the Activity 3 – Non-violently about violence, within which we plan to educate teachers about the sphere of addiction in relation to violence in the context of addiction.
February 8, 2023 – We organized a Round table meeting again, which we had a discussion on with the cooperating organizations and institutions about the topic of “How to work with an addicted parent and her/his child within medical care facilities. Impacts of the addiction of parents on their children.“
Since January, 2023, we have established another group for persons threatened by violence in the context of addiction under the tutelage of a therapist and a psychologist.
Moreover, with our project partner – The Consulting centre ALEJ, we have planned an education scheme for teachers to deepen their qualifications. The centre achieves the EU standards, and it has high professional credibility in the sphere of home and gender-based violence. It is focused on helping with staging effective interventions in violence and various traumata. During the project implementation, we cooperate mutually.
The project partner achieves the EU standards, and it has high professional credibility. In the centre, respected and acclaimed professionals have been working for a long time there. The organization will be responsible for improving consulting services, raising professionalism and awareness of the participants in the educational programme, mutual cooperation in terms of proposals for conceptual system solutions, and innovations in dealing with the issues of violence in the context of addiction in Slovakia.
In Activity 3 – Educating teachers and non-pedagogical employees at schools in Nitra region – they will contribute to the project outputs by their personal practical skills in the sphere of violence and traumata.
We provide children with supporting services of psychological, special pedagogical and social care. In addition, students trained in the programme BUDDY and studying in similar fields, participate in this activity, too. Moreover, we use some of the procedures of the above-mentioned programme BUDDY, while working with children.
Furthermore, we implement psychological, social and legal consulting, and crisis interventions for persons threatened by violence in the context of addiction. Help is provided in a form of group or individual consulting, but we have detected increasing interest in the individual form of consulting of various kinds.
December 15, 2022 – We organized a Round table meeting, which we had a discussion on with the cooperating organizations and institutions about the topic of “New procedures and innovations in dealing with the issues of hazardous behaviour of the youth in the context of drug abuse: Therapeutic community and what it offers.”
In the period of October – December, we took part in the project of The Ministry of Justice of the Slovak Republic, dedicated to educating judges of districts courts, and public prosecutors: Building and strengthening alternative solutions to lawsuits via mediation and effective utilization of the means of restorative justice in the Slovak Republic (abbr. ADR). We have participated in the educational programmes at five regional courts in Slovakia – in the towns of Prešov, Košice, Nitra, Trenčín, and Trnava.
Opening conference – on September 23, 2022, Project Opening conference with a celebration of the 15th anniversary of the non-profit organization BUDÚCNOSŤ, n. o., Nitra, took place in the venue of the non-profit organization. Representatives of the municipality of Nitra, and NSK, as well as the representatives of the cooperating organizations and institutions from the region, and of national and local media took part in the event.