Representatives of ZNU took part in the discussion on legislative changes in the field of combating domestic violence
On January 21, a discussion on legislative changes in the field of preventing and combating domestic violence took place in Zaporizhzhia. During the event, a presentation of social videos aimed at recognizing and combating various types of domestic violence, created by the public organization “Trap” with the support of the German Society for International Cooperation took place. Participation in the event was taken by the head of the Center for Gender Education on the basis of the Faculty of Social Pedagogy and Psychology, Associate Professor Tetiana Holovanova.
The event was attended by specialists from the department of social protection of the population of the Zaporizhzhia Regional State Administration and representatives of charitable organizations, representatives of the judiciary, other representatives of the executive authorities, whose powers include the implementation of activities in the field of preventing and combating domestic violence, social services centers for families, children and youth ; centers of social and psychological assistance, and others.
The event was initiated by the Zaporizhzhia regional organization "Association of psychologists and psychoanalysts" Interaction" with the support of the Department of Social Protection of the Regional State Administration.
At the beginning of the event, its presenter, journalist Olha Vokalo, reminded those present about the current state of the legislation on combating domestic violence.
In the period 2017–2018, a change in legislation against domestic violence took place in Ukraine. The Law of Ukraine “On the Prevention and Counteraction of Domestic Violence” was adopted, a resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine “On the approval of the Procedure for interaction of entities carrying out activities in the field of preventing and combating domestic violence and gender-based violence” was approved.
Also, amendments to the Criminal Code of Ukraine came into force, which was supplemented by three new articles. Considering changes to the code, persons prone to systematically committing domestic violence will be held criminally liable.
It is should be mentioned that in 2018, police units in the Zaporizhzhia region received 3,980 applications and reports of domestic violence, of which 3,480 were committed against women. Based on the results of inspections conducted by police officers, 2,041 administrative protocols were drawn up. Of these, 369 administrative protocols were drawn up by police officers, the problem of domestic violence shows that it has not been resolved and can continue.
One of the ways to counteract domestic violence is the awareness of citizens about its signs and the algorithm of actions in cases when they become victims or witnesses of this type of violence. In October 2018, the Zaporizhzhia Regional Public Organization "Association of Psychologists and Psychoanalysts" Interaction” launched the project Improving the interdepartmental interaction of entities engaged in activities to prevent and combat domestic violence in the Dnipropetrovsk and Zaporizhzhia regions with the support of the German Society for International Cooperation. This discussion took place within the framework of this program.
During the event, changes were discussed in the legislation on the prevention and combating of domestic violence, the provision of comprehensive assistance and protection to victims of domestic violence in the Zaporizhzhia region, etc.
With the support of the German Society for International Cooperation, the public organization “Trap” has created 6 social video clips that reflect various types of domestic violence and gender-based violence. These videos on the examples of well-known domestic situations told about emotional and economic violence, violence against children and the elderly, preventing one of the parents from seeing the child, etc. All of them became a reason for a lively discussion of the participants of the event. Summing up her participation in the event, Tetiana Holovanova noted the relevance and importance of such discussions. According to the words of Tetiana Holovanova, they take care to train qualified specialists who will be well-versed in these matters on the Faculty of Social Pedagogy and Psychology of ZNU. The Center for Gender Education often organizes meetings of round tables and seminars on home counteraction problems, which are attended not only by professors and students of the faculty of Social Pedagogics and Psychology, but also by representatives of public organizations and psychologists and practitioners.