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1 Domestic Abuse Intervention Centre Vienna Alexandra Weissenbacher

2 Facts and figure concerning violence against women and children According to estimates, one in five women in Austria faces violence committed by a close relative More than a half of the murders per year are committed in the family circle. The victims are mostly women and children

3 Domestic Abuse Intervention Centre General Information Established in 1997 as accompanying measure to the Austrian Protection from Violence Act Legally anchored victim protection organisation accompanying and supporting domestic violence victims Non-profit association Honorary managment Multiprofessional Team Consultancy in eight different languages Funding via the Austrian Federal Chancellery/Austrian Ministry for Women and Social Services as well a by the Austrian Ministry of the Interior with the aim to accompany and support to the victims during the criminal proceedings led by the Autrian Ministry of Justice

4 The Intervention Centre´s principles Violence is absolutely unjustifiable Victims of violence mustn´t be made responsible in any way for this violence The perpetrator carries the responsibility for the violence committed State and societal institutions are mutually responsible for violence being stopped, punished and prevented Victims of violence have a right for help and support in order to lead a violence-free life Victims have a right for being treated respectfully

5 The Vienna Domestic Abuse Intervention Centre´s target groups The main target group are the victims of domestic violence irrespective of age, sex, origin, religion or sexual orientation Children are always affected by violence as well and need protection Female Migrants: low language skills, dependent concerning residence permit and financial dependence Offenders: shall be hindered in comitting further violence through the implementation of perpetrator-related interventions

6 The Vienna Domestic Abuse Intervention Centre´s Operation Principles Partiality Consultations for free Confidentiality Empowering the victims Self-determination and respect for the victim´s decision Offenders taking over responsibility, ending the violence Proactive attitude

7 The Vienna Domestic Abuse Intervention Centre´s Activity Proactive contacting after a notice concerning a restraining order (via or Fax from the Police) Letter to the victim Telephone counseling Personal counseling Legal and social work support Threat assessment and security planning Accompanying to civil and criminal courts Perpetrator-related interventions Cooperation and networking Public relations and seminars

8 Perpetrator-related interventions All measures aiming at a perpetrator with the aim of stopping violence Victim protection has higher priority than working with the perpetrator No work with perpetrators without victim protection Implementation of the perpetrator programs into the intervention system Adequate victim support The type of perpetrator-related interventions depends upon the perpetrator profile Implement the measures as soon as possible, not only when repeated violence occurs

9 Examples of perpetrator-related interventions Order to leave/ restraining order Interim injunction Preventive warning of right to the offender by the police (specially trained officials) Criminal law measures in case of a sentence: orders, obligations Training program for men´s counseling in cooperation with the intervention authority

10 Comparison of the police report frequency from 2001 until 2011

11 Number of the assigned victims and those cared after 2011 Number Female clients handed over via police reports3.487 Female clients from other areas472 Victims cared after since Female clients, who had been handed over by the police and who still were in or came again for counseling victims cared after TOTAL5.574 [1] Any other figures are related to 2011, i.e. to the female clients who were counseled in 2011 for the first time or counseled again

12 Sex of the perpetrators 2011 SexNumberPercent Female348888,1% Male47111,9% Total ,0%

13 Accompanying to proceedings in 2009 PersonsNumberPercent Female83693,9% Male546,1% Total890100,0%

14 Victim nationality according to countries in 2011 NationalityNumberPercent Austria ,3% Serbia2897,3% Turkey1914,8% Poland1383,5% Romania1012,6% Slovakia681,7% Bosnia-Herzegowina581,5% Bulgaria431,1% Russia391,0% Germany360,9% Croatia350,9% Hungary270,7% Macedonia220,6% Nigeria170,4% Ukraine150,4% Afghanistan150,4% Iran130,3% India120,3% Egypt110,3% Stateless100,3% Philippines90,2%

15 NationalityNumberPercent Czech Republic90,2% China80,2% Italy, Kosovo, Tunisia á 6180,5% Iraq, Kenia, Morocco, Mongolia, Pakistan, Somalia, Thailand á 5350,9% Chile, Dominican Republic, France, Georgia, Israel, Slovenia á 4240,6% Armenia, Brasil, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Cuba, Latvia, Moldova, Sweden á 3 210,5% Azerbaijan, Finnland, Kamerun, Columbia, Liberia, Lietuva, Mexiko, Namibia, Netherlands, Norway, Peru, Saudi-Arabia, Spainn, South Korea, USA, Vietnamá2 320,8% Angola, Argentina, Ethiopia, Australia, Bangladesch, Belgium, Ecuador, Greece, Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Guinea- Bissau, Kazakhstan, Luxemburg, Mali, Montenegro, Oman, Autonomous Palestinian Territories, Paraguay, Switzerland, Sierra Leone, Tadzhikistan, Uganda, Belarus á 1 220,6% unknown41410,5% TOTAL ,0%

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