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European Alliance
for Hope and

We are the European Network of multidisciplinary approach
of genderbased, domestic violence and child abuse and
Family Justice Centers


The SafeShelter Guide available

January 17, 2022

The SafeShelter Guide is available. SafeShelter is a project that aims to provide training on developing, implementing and enforcing child safeguarding policies and frameworks in shelters. The target group of this Guide are all women’s shelter staff who have children residing in the shelter, as well as all professionals and agencies they work with in order to safeguard children.
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Collaboration of Fier (The Netherlands) and Aruba

November 16, 2021

Linda Terpstra, Board of Directors Fier Friesland, was invited by the new Aruban Minister of Social Affairs and Justice Rocco Tjon, during her work visit in Aruba. Their conversation handled about the more than a 5-year collaboration between Fier and Aruba.
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Article on intimate partner violence (in Dutch)

November 9, 2021

Anne Groenen, Triene-Mie Lecompte and Pascale Franck published an article on intimate partner violence. Intimate terror: when one partner terrorizes the other. The police, the judiciary and assistance are looking for solutions. The three experts share insights to break through this violence and embark on the road to recovery.
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Visit of the new Center Filomena in Rotterdam (The Netherlands)

November 5, 2021

In Rotterdam the center for domestic violence and child abuse, Filomena, recently opened in a beautiful and welcoming location. The Center brings together, in one location, everything needed to provide safety, physical (forensic) examination, medical treatment, intensive supervision and trauma treatment for survivors of domestic violence, gender based violence and child absue.
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Bonaire started website and hotline for advice

Oktober 29, 2021

Bonaire started a website and hotline for domestic violence, child abuse and elder abuse: Giuami. Guiami provides tailored advice, assistance and support.
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Carla Aztema Soroptimist Prize (Dutch speaking countries)

September 29, 2021

This prize will be awarded for the second time next year to a Dutch-language journalistic contribution regarding the position, rights and independence of women and girls. Contributions can be submitted from September 1 to November 1.
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Newsletter FJC Mechelen

September 17, 2021

The latest developments of the FJC Mechelen, Belgium can be found in their first edition of the digital newsletter.

Echo: powerful campaign on surviving child abuse

August 27, 2021

The Peer Support Group of Survivors of Child abuse "Echo lotgenotenwerking" from VECK (Vlaams Expertise Centrum Kindermishandeling - Flemish Expertise Center Child Abuse) launched this powerful campaign on surviving child abuse. This Voices give a very strong message and reach out to survivors to join.

SafeShelter will provide a workshop on the yearly WAVE conference (October 6-7, 2021)

August 19, 2021

The 23rd WAVE Conference will be happening online on October 6-7, 2021. The title of this year’s conference is Breaking the Cycle: Preventing and Tackling Sexualized Violence against Women and Children and is being organized in collaboration in our Portuguese WAVE Member Associação de Mulheres contra a Violência (AMCV).
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Webinar Taiex Expert Meeting on Domestic Violence Mauritius

June 21, 2021

Taiex Expert Meeting on Domestic Violence, organized in collaboration with the EU Delegation in Mauritius and the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family Welfare of Mauritius. The webinar took place on 16, 17 and 18 June 2021.
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The EFJCA presents Yearly Report 2020

June 15, 2021

The EFJCA presents the EFJCA Yearly Report 2020. This year, completely captivated by Covid-19, was difficult and special for all of us. Nevertheless, The EFJCA, members and partners never gave up on victims and their families.
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Virtual EFJCA Network meeting

June 7, 2021

On the 2th of June, 105 participants of 25 countries registered for the online network meeting of the EFJCA. Bert Groen and Pascale Franck gave an overview over the activities of the EFJCA and a pitch of each of the 18 European FJCS.
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New videos FJC of Reykjavik

June 1, 2021

A very good action in awareness rising was made by our colleagues of Reykjavik. The FJC of Reykjavik made a serie of videos giving survivors a voice. The videos have subtitels in English.
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May 31, 2021

During the pandemic (and few strong earthquake), Zagreb Child and Youth Protection Center (Croatia) produced over 250 useful materials in a free E-book. “CONNECTED Telephone and Online Counselling in Coping with the COVID-19 Pandemic and Its Consequences”.
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Chan Hellman guest speaker at EFJCA Network Meeting

May 19, 2021

Our next Virtual International EFJCA Network Meeting will be held on 2 June 2021, 15.00-17.00 (Brussels time and online). We are very happy to announce Chan Hellman as our guest speaker.
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Global Best Practices for Gender Balance Toolkit

May 18, 2021

The EFJCA joined the very interesting and stimulating OECD online consultation. The OECD launched the Global Best Practices for Gender Balance Toolkit, and this morning we exchanged good practices in Section 4 of this toolkit: Strengthening Access to Justice for Women and Girls.
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‘I thought he was going to kill me’

May 3, 2021

EFJCA-expert, Dr Catherine White, Clinical Director of the Saint Mary's Sexual Assault Referral Centre and SAFEPlace Merseyside in Manchester, UK, and her colleagues did an Analysis of 204 case files of adults reporting non-fatal strangulation as part of a sexual assault over a 3 year period. The results of the research were published in 'Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine'.
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Opening first Italian Family Justice Center: FJC Milan

April 30, 2021

We are proud to announce the opening of the FJC Milan. Under leadership of Dr Alessandra Kusterman and the support of EFJCA-focal point Michele Rabaiotti ‘Il centro di Soccorso Violenza Sessuale e Domestica del Policlinico’ becomes the first Italian FJC.
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21st annual international Family Justice Center Conference

April 19-21, 2021

The EFJCA took part in the in the 21st annual international Family Justice Center Conference organized by our friends of the Alliance for Hope. The Conference Theme was “H7: Hope-Centered Work in an Age of Trauma”.
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A team of young film makers made a movie for FJC Victory Hills, Iceland

April 1, 2021

Should you stay or get out of a violent relationship? The decision can be easier when other women help you get support and advice. Here, a team of young filmmakers has made a video for SIGURHÆÐIR - victims of gender-based violence in the South.
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Belgian series "If you only knew ..." about intimate partner violence

March 25, 2021

Hilde Van Mieghem (famous Belgian film director and actress) and her crew made a very good four-part series "If you only knew ..." about intimate partner violence.
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FJC VICTORY HILLS, Selfoss, Iceland, opening of the 3th FJC in Iceland

March 20, 2021

VICTORY HILLS is a centre for survivors of gender based violence in South Iceland, that opened its doors on March 20th 2021. It is located in Selfoss, South Iceland, and provides counselling and therapy for women in the region.
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Maison d’Ella (FJC at Bordeaux) produced a photo exhibition in public space

March 8, 2021

Maison d'Ella produced a beautiful photographic exhibition as part of a European Eramus project, with the PHOTOVOICE action research method. Seven women, welcomed at the Maison d'Ella, have been preparing since December for a photo exhibition in the public space to be discovered from Monday, March 8.
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Maison d’Ella (FJC at Bordeaux) was honored with a prize by the Legion d’Honneur

March 5, 2021

Together with Marie Christine Renedau, Maison d’Ella was honored and we received a prize by the Comité de la Légion d’honneur Bordeaux-Centre, during a moving ceremony. Marie Christine, survivor of domestic violence, owns a 100% artisanal bakery in Bordeaux.
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EFJCA participate in European ‘Safe Shelter’-project

January 29, 2021

Over the period 2021-2022 the EFJCA will participate in the European Safe Shelter- project. This EU co-funded project aims to provide capacity building training on developing, implementing and enforcing child safeguarding policies and frameworks for shelter and multisectoral staff working with shelters.
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IMOCAFV project launches questionnaire

January 28, 2021

The IMOCAFV project aims to collect descriptive information worldwide about the approach to domestic / family violence, with special attention to primary care providers, cooperation within primary care and with specialized care and security enforcement. Special attention is paid to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Congress Domestic Violence, insight through Corona times (June 8, 2021)

January 28, 2021

This conference focuses on domestic violence in the Corona crisis. Statistics in the Netherlands do not (yet) show that domestic violence increased during the corona crisis. This is partly due to the fact that in some families things are going better than expected now that the stress of, for example, traveling has subsided.
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Online meeting EFJCA and European PROMISE Barnahus network

January 13, 2021

On the 13th of January the EFJCA had an online meeting with the European Barnahus network, Shawnna von Blixen (PROMISE Barnahus Network Coordinator) and Olivia Lind Haldorsson (Sr. Advisor and Head of Children at risk Unit from the Council of Baltic Sea States).
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EFJCA launches Training Program ‘The Theory and Power of HOPE’

December 30, 2020

The city of Antwerp has the ambition to become the city of HOPE. The EFJCA received a grant from Antwerp to train a large number of urban services in the theory and power of HOPE.
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Facebook-campaign around 16 Days of Activism to End Gender-Based Violence

December 11, 2020

The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence activities, from 25 November to 10 December, took place under our 2020 global theme: "Orange the World. Pascale Franck worked together with Facebook and the European Women’s Lobby in the online campaigning in her role of Representative of Soroptimist International of Europe at European Women's Lobby and Vice-president European Family Justice Centers Alliance.
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2021-2023 start Project ‘Circus Hoop’

December 11, 2020

The Belgian organisation Ell Circo dell Fuego wants to introduce a new, scientifically based method for children to deal with the effects of negative experiences in their childhood. In collaboration with the partners FJC Antwerp, the city of Antwerp, Ondersteboven/Arktos and the EFJCA they started the project ‘Circus Hoop’.
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Coercive Control Symposium

December 9, 2020

The colleagues of the FJC Foyle, Northern Ireland, were involved in the organisation of a online symposium about Coercive Control. This free online event was open to all health care professionals and professionals working in statutory, community and voluntary agencies providing services to families, children and young people.
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Leadership Summit Alliance for Hope

December 2-3, 2020

Over 150 leaders and directors of Family Justice/Multi-Agency Centers gathered virtually today for the 11th Annual Leadership Summit. The second day's events included our 3rd Annual HOPE Talks, where we heard from Craig Roberts, Mike Jump, and Pascale Franck on how they have been able to really think outside of the box to provide accessible services to survivors amidst COVID-19.
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Orange the World Virtual Conference Aruba

November 25, 2020

The Fundacion pa Hende Muhe den Dificultad organized an on line virtual conference “Orange the World”. Speakers: MC. Larissa Bermudez, Suzy Kock President of FHMD, Pascale Franck & Bert Groen.
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EFJCA participates in OECD event ‘Government After Shock'

November 18, 2020

On the 18th of November the EFJCA participated in a virtual high-level panel discussion entitled “Building whole-of-government approaches to address gender-based violence.” This panel discussion was part of the 2-day event Government After Shock.
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Study Visit Online European Network for Work with Perpetrators

November 11, 2020

The study visit took place in a different format than our usual study visit. In response to the pandemic, WWP EN decided that the event would take place online.
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Online panel discussion Soroptimist International Europe: Holistic Training

November 7, 2020

Soroptimists act as advocates for causes relating to women and girls at local, national and international levels. The Online discussion focused on bringing together advocacy, as voice for women and children, and programming, as concrete actions to make a difference.
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European Forum of Restorative Justice

October 29, 2020

The EFJCA and the EFRJ worked together on different occasions during autumn 2020. Bert Groen and Pascale Franck joined the trainers pool of ERRJ and are part of the workgroup on gender-based violence.
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Te Doy Foundation receives U.S. grant to establish a FJC in Moldova

October 20, 2020

The U.S. based Te Doy Foundation was awarded the two-year, $788,000 FJC Project in Moldova. The primary goal of the Project is the establishment of an FJC in Moldova.
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Conference FJC Maison d’Ella Bordeaux France

September 29, 2020

FJC Maison D’Ella of Bordeaux and La Direction Régionale aux Droits des Femmes et à l’Egalité, l’Agence Régionale de Santé organized an online conference on the approach of psychotrauma with female survivors of Violence.
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Congress Domestic Violence, insight through Corona times

June 30, 2020

This conference, that will be held on Wednesday 18 november 2020 focuses on domestic violence in the Corona crisis. The conference will take place in Hilversum (NL).
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EFJCA Yearly report 2018 & 2019

June 26, 2020

The EFJCA proudly presents the EFJCA Yearly Report 2018 & 2019. The report gives an overview of the development of the European Family Justice Center Alliance/Alliance for Hope and Empowerment, its vision and mission, but more important also an overview of our international activities.
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3 years FJC Mechelen: working together for works

June 26, 2020

On May 23, 2017, the Family Justice Center Mechelen opened its doors ... more than 500 families were able to help and / or strengthen them through an FJC process to continue. The collaboration between the many partners in the field (public prosecutor's office, police, assistance and services, local government and the Flemish government) works.
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Eurocities seminar about the situation for women during COVID-1

June 17, 2020

On 16 June 2020 our Swedish FJC partner Margot Olsson participated in a EUROCITIES seminar addressing the situation for women during Covid-19. She provided a short speak about the situation in Malmö and some of their measures.
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Webinar 'Intrafamiliaal geweld, Family Justice Centers en de Covid-19 maatregelen'

June 16, 2020

On Monday June 16th, 2020 Pascale Franck organised for the Soroptimist clubs in Antwerp a webinar in Dutch, focused on the consequences of the COVID-19 measures for tackling domestic violence in Belgium and the operational activities of the FJCs during this period.
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Practical guidelines COVID-19 within the approach of domestic violence and child abuse

March 28, 2020

The measures taken by the European countries to combat the COVID 19 have a huge impact on the lives of survivors of domestic violence and their families. To support all professionals the EFJCA has made practical guidelines.
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EFJCA with Fier (the Netherlands) supporting the government of Aruba

February 14, 2020

From Sunday 9 till Wednesday 13 February 2020 the EFJCA was invited by Bureau Sostenemi and CEDE Aruba to support their initiatives to develop and implement an effective and sustainable multidisciplinary approach (MDA) of domestic violence and child abuse. The FJC Model served as an example for an effective and sustainable multidisciplinary approach.
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EFJCA at OECD High-Level Conference on Ending Violence Against Women in Paris

February 7, 2020

On Wednesday 5 and Thursday 6 February 2020 the EFJCA was invited by the OECD to participate at the High-Level Conference on Ending Violence Against Women. The EFJCA participated in the panel session ‘Integrating services to Support Survivors’ and before this session the FJC-movie was plenary shown to the audience. The conference brought together over 200 leading experts.
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Masterclass "Offender accountability and victim's safety" by James Henderson (Antwerp, Belgium)

February 3, 2020

In Antwerp, the masterclass was followed by 50 professionals from the Fjc, police, justice and help centers. The masterclass focused on strengthening knowledge and offering new insights into the realization of behavioral change and increasing taking accountability by perpetrators of domestic violence, based on a victim-oriented approach.
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Masterclass "Offender accountability and victim's safety" by James Henderson (Rotterdam, The Netherlands)

31 January 2020

50 professionals of several organizations and professions toke part in this masterclass in Rotterdam. The masterclass focused on strengthening knowledge and offering new insights into the realization of behavioral change and increasing taking accountability by perpetrators of domestic violence, based on a victim-oriented approach.
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Closing conference Cease project in Brussels, Belgium

November 20, 2019

‘Companies Againt Domestic Violence’, that was the title of the closing conference from the Cease project on the 20th of November in Brussels which was attended by the EFJCA. During the conference key-note speakers presented the results during the project.
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3th International EFJCA-conference, Antwerp

November 16, 2019

The EFJCA and the FJC Antwerp with support from of the City of Antwerp, the Flemish Government, the Province of Antwerp and the Soroptimists clubs Antwerpen Anthos, Antwerpen and Antwerpen De Zes Rozen, organized together the 3nd International Conference of Family Justice Centers and co-related multidisciplinary centers. The Conference took place from 13 till 15 november 2019,
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Annual WWP conference 2019

October 27, 2019

From 23-25 October the EFJCA staff participated in the WWP EN Annual Conference that took place in Heraklion (Greece) and was organized by the Union of Women Associations Heraklion (UWAH). Under the title "Let's talk about it - Advancing interventions on sexual violence in perpetrator work" the participants focused on giving perpetrator programs the tools to effectively address sexual violence in relationships.
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FJC Leadership Summit Oklahoma City

September 22-24, 2019

The U.S. Alliance for Hope International organized on the from 22-24th of September their yearly FJC Leadership Summit in Oklahoma City. Around 120 FJC directors and co-directors shared during these 2 days under the direction of Gael Strack and Casey Gwinn their individual experiences and challenges of their own FJC’s. The EFJCA shared with the US participants the topics in the European work and challenges.
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Conference ‘How do we provide good support to victims of violence?

September 12, 2019

The EFJCA was invited to give a presentation in Stockholm (Sweden) on the 10th of September 2019 at the national conference ‘Investing in resources – how do we provide good support to victims of violence?'. In the presence of approximately 200 Swedish participants from local authorities, national government and social welfare organisations the EFJCA presented their work and challenges & opportunities in the development of a multidisciplinary approach.
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3rd European Conference on Domestic Violence

September 6, 2019

From the 1-4 September the EFJCA was present in Oslo on the 3rd European Conference on Domestic Violence. The EFJCA presented their European work in general and the experiences of the FJC Antwerp in particular. The conference was designed for researchers, practitioners and policy makers.
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Working visit to Milan and signing MoU EFJCA and FJC Milan/Policlinico di Milano

July 14, 2019

On July 11th the EFJCA visited the Policlinico di Milano and signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Alessandra Kustermann, director of the Policlinico and Michele Rabaiotti, director of Fondazione G.B. Guzzetti in Milan. The MoU recognized the Policlinico di Milan as official FJC Milan.
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Visit delegation from Cyprus to EFJCA and FJC Antwerp

June 30, 2019

Earlier this month a group of professionals and representatives of the ministry in Cyprus, responsible for the approach of domestic violence, visited for 2-days the EFJCA in Antwerp. Reason for their visit was to learn more about the FJC model and effective approaches/methodologies.
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Conference Breaking the Silence

June 24, 2019

For the last decade Iceland has been internationally recognized for being one of the most gender equal countries in the world. But does this mean that there are no challenges in Iceland when it comes to full gender equality? Breaking the Silence is a conference on how Icelanders United Against Domestic Violence. The conference will be held on the 29th of August 2019 in Reykjavík (Iceland).
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Conference ‘From Hurt to Hope’ (Derry/Londonderry)

June 4-5, 2019

Foyle Family Justice Centre hosted a major international conference “From Hurt to Hope” specifically designed for local and international professionals working in all areas of Domestic Violence. The EFJCA provided 2 workshops during this international conference with the focus on the European work of the Alliance in general and the experiences of the FJC Antwerp.
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EFJCA-webinar for the participants of the CEASE-project

April 16, 2019

The EFJCA works together with the CEASE-project. On 16th of April, the EFJCA provided a webinar for the participants of the CEASE-project, focussing on the impact of partner violence and domestic violence on the workplace, how to handle it and the multidisciplinary approach.
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EFJCA-team provided training on upcoming GREVIO Assesment for Malta

March 27, 2019

On Wednesday March 27, 2019, the EFJCA team provided a 1-day training in Malta for professionals from organisations which support and/or coordinate Violence Against Women/Domestic Violence/Gender-based violence support services on the GREVIO questionnaire.
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The 19th Annual International Family Justice Center Conference

March 18 – 21, 2019

The EFJCA and the team of the Mutsaersstichting joined in March the 19th International FJC Conference in San Diego, organized by the U.S. Alliance for Hope International and provided on Thursday March 21 their joint workshop "Working with Families and Perpetrators in European Family Justice Centers’".
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He Choked Me and Left no Marks: Recognizing and Preventing Strangulation Webinar

February 28, 2019

The WWP EN, the European Network for Work with Perpetrators organized on 28 February 2019, a 1-hour-webinar on non-fatal strangulation(Facilitators: Bert Groen & Pascale Franck). This webinar gave the opportunity for professionals to take part in a unique overview of the most hidden and lethal forms of domestic violence. The webinar will be on line soon.

Conference From Hurt to Hope (Derry/Londonderry, 4 & 5 June 2019)

February 25, 2019

Foyle Family Justice Centre will host a major international conference “From Hurt to Hope” specifically designed for local and international professionals working in all areas of Domestic Violence. The Conference will be held at the Ulster University (Magee Campus) in Derry/Londonderry, Northern Ireland, on 4 and 5 June 2019.
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The Annual report of FJC Mechelen

February 20, 2019

In the link you will find the 2018 annual report of the FJC Mechelen. In addition to figures that show the number of dossiers and clients handled, the annual report also describes the activities and activities of the FJC in 2018. This report is currently only available in Dutch, but an English version is being worked on. With thanks to Karolien Boonen, coordinator of the FJC Mechelen.
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Meeting of the EAP Platform

February 19, 2019

On 19 February 2019 the EFJCA took part at the 19th Eastern Partnership Platform 1 on "Strengthening Institutions and Good Governance". The EFJCA was invited as keynote speaker and good-practice-advisors of the EAP Platform. The 19th Eastern Partnership Platform 1 on "Strengthening Institutions and Good Governance" took place in Brussels, gathering policy makers from EU Member States, the 6 Eastern Partnership Partner countries and EU services, as well as representatives from the Council of Europe, the United Nations, and civil society organisations.
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High level event on ‘Strengthening institutions and Good government’ with a particular focus on domestic violence

February 19, 2019

On Thursday February 19th the EFJCA was invited by the organizing committee to participate and provide a presentation about the FJC model in Brussels at the high level event on ‘Strengthening institutions and Good government’ with a particular focus on domestic violence. In November 2017 the Eastern Partnership countries (EaP) (Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan) and the EU decided on a set of targets that should be delivered by 2020 (the document was called the 20 deliverables for 2020). The document includes 20 targets which each have several objectives.
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Delegation of organisations and professionals from Rotterdam and region are visiting the Family Justice Center Antwerp

February 14, 2019

On Thursday February 14th a large delegation of the municipality Rotterdam and organisations working in the region Rotterdam-Rijnmond, involved in developing a multidisciplinary approach of domestic violence and child abuse, visited the Family Justice Center in Antwerp. The aim of the visit was to learn from the experiences of the FJC Antwerp with a focus on the context and guiding principles of the FJC, the value of on-site services in the center, the added value of a centered model, the approach in Antwerp of high-risk families with domestic violence, the coordinated approach of domestic violence.
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The 34th Chadwick's Center Annual San Diego International Conference on Child and Family Maltreatment

January 30, 2019

The EFJCA and the team of the Mutsaersstichting provided during the 34th Annual conference in San Diego on Wednesday 30 January their joint workshop "THE IMPORTANCE OF HOPE FOR CHILDREN AFFECTED BY ACE AND POLYVICTIMIZATION’". During the session the participants were informed how children with Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) and/or Polyvictimization (repeatedly victimization) can restore the feeling of HOPE in their daily lives.
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