The three-day training on managing a person exercising gender-based violence is completed
Friday, Apr 08

By the Norwegian organization “Alternative to Violence” – A second cycle will follow

The three-day training of the Drama Ladies Union-House of Open Hospitality staff and the representatives of social organizations of the Prefecture, in the context of the “Time to Talk” project, was successfully completed.

The training, which mainly deals with the management of the abuser, was implemented by the Norwegian organization “Alternative to Violence”. The instructors were Inguun Rangul Askeland and Bente Lomo, clinical psychologists and researchers of the Norwegian organization. The training presented good practices for the successful outcome of the therapeutic process, case studies from their clinical experience, ethical dilemmas that arise in the treatment, but also the protocol followed by the organization, starting from the first phone call and the first assessment of the abuser of sexual violence to the completion of treatment.

The social welfare services from the municipalities of Drama and the police were invited to the three-day training. Overall, the participants were twenty-six. The training was attended by the Community Center of Drama, the Community Center of Prosotsani, the Mental Health Center, the Community Center of Doxato, the Community Center of Paranesti, the Center for the Prevention of Addictions and Promotion of Psychosocial Health, Regional Unit of Drama “DRASI”, the “Association for Mental Health and Social Rehabilitation of Patients” (EPSYKA), the Day Center of Drama “Polydefkis”, the Legal Person of the Municipality of Doxato, the Center of Social Welfare of East Macedonia and Thrace, the Police, the Court of First Instance of Drama and the Minors and Social Assistance Service. Moreover, Ms. Sevasti Chatzifotiou, Associate Professor in the Department of Social Work of Democritus University of Thrace and Ms. Angeliki Antoniou, Assistant professor at the Department of Archival, Library & Information Studies of the University of West Attica also attended the training. A second training cycle by the Norwegian organization “Alternative to Violence” will follow within the next months.

The “Time to Talk” project started in December 2021 and has a duration of 14 months. It aims at training Drama Ladies Union-House of Open Hospitality on how to support a gender-based violence abuser. The Norwegian organization “Alternative to Violence” with 30 years experience in supporting the abuser of gender-based violence will train the staff of Drama Ladies Union-House of Open Hospitality, as well as representatives of the Police of Drama and the Social Services of the Prefecture of Drama on how to manage the abuser and combat the causes of abuse. In addition, a university research for emerging forms of online violence will be carried out by the cooperating Universities, i.e. University of Peloponnese, University of West Attica and Democritus University of Thrace, whereas the project’s website will be updated and an online game will be created. Lastly, face-to-face informative workshops will be held with Senior High School, Vocational High School and Professional Training Institute students of the Municipality of Drama regarding the emerging forms of online violence.

“Time to Talk” is implemented in the context of the Active citizens fund program, with Drama Ladies Union-House of Open Hospitality as implementation body. The €13.5 million Active Citizens Fund program is funded by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway and is part of the European Economic Area (EEA) financial mechanism for the period 2014 – 2021, known as EEA Grants. The program aims at fortifying and strengthening the sustainability of civil society and at highlighting its role in promoting democratic processes, strengthening citizens’ participation in society and defending human rights. The management of the grant of the Active Citizens Fund program for Greece has been jointly undertaken by the Bodossaki Foundation and SolidarityNow. For more information: