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Representatives from the Moroccan legal system visit Denmark

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During May and June Danner hosted two delegations from Morocco, one group of judges from the Moroccan courts and another of social workers employed in recently established reception centres for women and children exposed to domestic violence

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Shelters and counselling centres for women victims of violence

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Danish and Arab women’s organisations specialising in gender-based violence cooperate on addressing the problem in this project. The common goal is to learn from each others’ experiences and thereby improve the support given to the victims. Activities include workshops for women's shelter workers.

 

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About Shelters and counselling centres for women victims of violence

Gender-based violence is a problem faced by women in all parts of the world. With the project ‘Shelters and counselling centres for women victims of violence’, Danish and Arab women’s organisations specialising in gender-based violence cooperate on addressing the problem. The common goal is to learn from each others’ experiences and thereby improve the support given to the victims.

Gender-based violence is a problem which has yet to be universally solved. Unfortunately, it is an experience shared by many women from all parts of the world. And as the problem continues, women – and men – struggle to address the issue, endeavour to help the victims and work to attack the root causes of the problem. 

 

The need for shelters

Over the last few years, attitudes towards the establishment of shelters for women victims of violence have been changing and the need for such shelters, for specific cases, is now being recognised in several Arab countries. In Jordan, an official shelter already exists and in Yemen, one is currently being established. In Morocco, women’s NGOs have become more open towards opening private shelters, although there are still many obstacles here, and the momentum is even slower in Tunisia and Saudi Arabia. Despite progress in some countries, practical experience with the running of shelters is still relatively limited across the entire region. 

 

Danish experience

Today, Denmark has 40 shelters spread all over the country. The majority of these were established in the 1970s or early 1980s as a direct result of the new Women’s Movement.  The shelters make it possible for victims of domestic violence to take shelter and get help, advice and support from professionals and voluntary staff. Danish shelters have more than 30 years’ experience of working with women and their children and they have amassed extensive knowledge on a professional approach to dealing with women’s problems. Experience gained covers not only the social and psychological aspects, but also the children’s needs for psychological and remedial help. 

 

Partners and activities

The Danish partners are the Danish shelter and counselling centre Dannerhuset, the Danish umbrella organisation of Danish Shelters – LOKK and KVINFO, but other experts will also be included.  A large number of Arab organisations and shelters have already participated in workshops in 2008 and 2009. And in 2010-11, workshops will be co-organized with Arab partners and held in different parts of the Arab region. The participants will include shelter workers who are trained in how to work with the problems at a practical level. An important function of these workshops is the sharing of experience and knowledge.

 

For more info about this project

Please contact:

 

Jeannette Knudsen

Programme Advisor

E-mail: jeannette.knudsen@kvinfo.dk
Tlf: (+ 45) 50 76 33 68

Skype: jeannette.kvinfo