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Intervention model against domestic violence

Intervention model against domestic violence

Since 2000, the Round Table against Domestic Violence has been working in Waldeck-Frankenberg under the auspices of the district's Women's Office. So far, 27 institutions have joined forces to offer help to victims of domestic violence. With the revised intervention model, the round table presents a concept in which all participants describe the prerequisites and objectives of their cooperation in order to further expand intervention and prevention options in Waldeck-Frankenberg.

Experiences of violence in the domestic sphere are unfortunately a part of life for many people - also in the Waldeck-Frankenberg district. Violence in interpersonal relationships occurs in all social classes and is therefore a highly explosive topic. Where it happens, it is often tabooed - out of fear, shame and helplessness. However, the discussion of gender roles in recent decades has contributed to an increased awareness of this problem. Public institutions have also recognized the need for change and have begun initiatives to improve the situation. The Protection Against Violence Act, which has been in force since 2002, is having an effect: It upholds the principle that "anyone who hits must leave - the victim stays in the apartment." What happens behind the door of the apartment in terms of violence is no longer a private matter; cases that become known are reported to the police.

The revised intervention model therefore pursues the primary goal of bundling offers of help in the district in order to offer victims of domestic violence effective and rapid support. Violence - especially against women and children - should thus be prevented and the public should be made even more aware of the issue. The offers of help are therefore based on the principle of encouraging victims to help themselves, and they provide victims with particular support in establishing contact with offers of help and further accompaniment in the help process.