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2019 / 09 / 03

Towards a coordinated response to tackle domestic violence – Towards an effective framework for multi-agency cooperation

The research “Towards the effective cooperation between police and other stakeholders: model for the identification, support and prevention of domestic violence” which was funded by a grant (No. S-REP-18-5) from the Research Council of Lithuania has reached the final stage. The research was initiated by the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Lithuania as one of the topics, related to research and experimental development programmes, which is of particular interest to the State. The research sought to create and propose a model for cooperation of the stakeholders after assessment of mechanisms used for the identification domestic violence, provision of assistance and the existing practices of the multi-agency cooperation.

During the research 45 semi-structured interviews and 3 focused group discussions were conducted. The interviews were taken in 8 different districts of Lithuania. A variety from following representatives of the stakeholders, responding to domestic violence and providing the assistance in case of it, have participated in the research: from police officers, specialists from the Specialised Assistance Centres, to representatives from non-governmental organisations, prosecutors, judges and representatives of the probation system.

According to researchers Ilona Michailovič, Svetlana Justickaja and Rūta Vaičiūnienė, “The performed research allows to presume that the initial level of cooperation, limited to the maintenance of communication and notification of other institutions, is more typical to the cooperation of the stakeholders, working in the network of problems related to domestic violence. However, it does not turn into a teamwork or coordinated response due to the lack of feedback and common approach. Therefore, it cannot be deemed to be a coordinated multi-agency response to domestic violence. In order to achieve a common goal, the coordinated and integrated teamwork is necessary by complementing each other, which should be expressed through the common case study and coordinated decision making”.

The results of the research will be presented in more detail on 13 September, 2019, during seminar-discussion “Towards the effective cooperation between police and other stakeholders: model for the identification, support and prevention of domestic violence”. The roundtable discussion will include insights from police, courts, prosecutor office, specialized assistance centers, child rights protection services and men’s crisis centers representatives.

The practical seminar-discussion will take place on 13 September, 2019, White Hall of the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Lithuania (Šventaragis st. 2, Vilnius, II floor).

Program of the event.

The results of the study can be accessed by downloading the online version of the Scientific Study, which is available here. The study will be distributed to the participants of the seminar-discussion at the beginning of the event.

More information via email: justinas.paliauka@teise.org

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