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Domestic Violence Interventions

Intimate partner violence as a challenge for social and health care professionals

The Department of Family Studies within the Faculty for Social WellBeing at the University of Malta announces a seminar on domestic violence interventions, led by Prof Juha Holma from the University of Jyväskylä, Finland.

Previous research shows that the majority of the help-seeking victims of domestic violence seek help for violence-related injuries and symptoms from the social and health care sector, and social and health care workers are often the first professionals to encounter the victims of violence. Consequently, they are in a key position to identify and intervene in violence. Unfortunately, in too many cases, professionals do not ask about, identify or report violence, even in cases where violence is obvious. 

Prof Holma will present results of the study in which the aim was to explore professionals’ processes of making sense of violence interventions and the organisational practices of violence interventions. The results indicate that developing successful practices both in identifying survivors of domestic violence and in preventing further victimisation requires a broad understanding of the effects of domestic violence and the challenges for health care professionals in dealing with it.

The Department of Family Studies would like to invite academics as well as professionals in the areas of family therapy, psychotherapy, psychiatry, counselling, psychology, social work, health sciences and medicine to attend the seminar Students in these areas at Master and PhD level are also welcome.

The seminar will be held on the 3rd May 2017 at the University of Malta Main Campus at Msida and it shall run from 0900hrs to 1630hrs

Venue: ICT Auditorium (ICT building)

Places are on a first come first served basis. Kindly contact Ms. Renita Agius at by the 27th of April, 2017.

Last Updated: 7 April 2017

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