The course was organised by the OSCE’s Transnational Threats Department/Strategic Police Matters Unit, in partnership with the Swedish Institute of Police Education at Linnaeus University and in co-ordination with the OSCE Gender Section. The four-day course for police and prosecutors was followed by a one-day workshop where judges and social workers joined in.
A four-day train-the-trainer course on appropriate and effective responses to gender-based violence for officials from Bulgaria, Hungary and Romania was held from 25 to 29 March 2019, at the European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Training (CEPOL) Headquarters in Budapest, Hungary.
Delivered by experts from the Institute, the course aimed at consolidation of soft skills, mutual learning, identification and exchange of good practices and working methods, including referral methods, which are transferable to other countries.
Built on a victim- and rights-centred approach, the course promoted the EU-legislation on wide protection of victims of violence. The process focused on localized scenarios based on real-life cases.
Complementary to the course, the one-day workshop highlighted the importance of a co-ordinated and integrated approach when fighting gender-based violence cases. The workshop strengthened the participants’ understanding of how improving multidisciplinary co-operation and interaction on gender-based violence cases can contribute to better meeting the needs of victims and highlighted best practices that could significantly improve the ability to counter gender-based violence crimes.
The project is currently being implemented in Bulgaria, Hungary and Romania, and is financially supported by the European Union’s Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme (2014-2020) and the government of Austria.