Periodic Reporting for period 1 - IMPRODOVA (Improving Frontline Responses to High Impact Domestic Violence)
Reporting period: 2018-05-01 to 2019-10-31
Second, interviews and observations with frontline responders in law enforcement, health and social work, amongst others, provided an expansive overview of current practices, including the ways in which frontline responders perceive their own DV-related expertise and training. This comparative field study took place in all eight IMPRODOVA countries (Austria, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Portugal, Scotland, and Slovenia) in at least two case study locations per country. Findings were organizational in nature and reveal that more positive outcomes might be achieved where victims interact with professionals who work within specialized units, embedded in partnerships with professionals from other sectors.
Third, these research findings form the foundation for recommendations regarding DV policy implementation, data collection, and risk assessment, as well the development of training tools to foster frontline responder cooperation across professions. Parallel to these research efforts, dissemination activities will continue to address frontline responders and the general public by various means: regular newsletters to the IMPRODOVA community; downloadable material on the IMPRODOVA-website; presence of IMPRODOVA in the media (printed, online, and TV); exchange with members of the related scientific community during conferences and stakeholder meetings as well as via publications on a national and international level; information to policy makers by presentations at respective congregations, round tables, and conferences. Plans are in place for an edited monograph on the topic of domestic violence and frontline responders. So far the IMPRODOVA project has reached its first three Milestones and an Advisory Board has been set up.