Teen Dating Violence Roundtable

Eva Michálková


Teen Dating Violence Roundtable

On 2.4.2019, proFem organized a roundtable focusing on the topic of teen dating violence. A roundtable is one of the main dissemination activities in the project titled, Love and Respect - Preventing Teen Dating Violence II, which is financed by the European Union's programme Erasmus +.

The goal of the roundtable was to highlight the seriousness of the issue of teen dating violence, as our research conducted by proFem - Centre for Victims of Domestic and Sexual Violence in cooperation with MindBridge Consulting (2018) confirmed. One of the other goals of the roundtable was to discuss the possibilities of prevention and awareness-raising on this topic.

The roundtable guests included representatives from the Department of Gender Equality at the Office of the Government, the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs, the Ministry of the Interior and non-profit organizations working with youths or victims of partner violence.

During the discussion, the appropriate tools for direct work with young people and ways of communicating sensitively and effectively about violence, relationships and respect were named. These appropriate ways of communication with youths are crucial since we need that information to be understood, available and acceptable for our target audience.

One of the outputs of the roundtable was to emphasize the role of peer workers and the use of modern communication channels in the work with youths, which should play a crucial role in creating and setting up new services and prevention programs.

Prior to the round table, a press conference was also held where we presented the results of the aforementioned research. Several media were informed about this topic based on the press conference.