On 9 Nov. the Kosovo Women’s Network (KWN) was invited by the EU Twinning Project “Re-Offending Prevention Program (RPP)”, to train officials from Correctional and Probations Services in Kosovo. The training involved 20 social workers and probation officers.
Participants learned about rehabilitation programs for specific types of offenders, including sexual offenders, domestic violence offenders and drug abusers.
Adelina Berisha, Research Assistant at KWN, gave a training on basic concepts of gender and gender equality. She shared her expertise on the topics of domestic violence and sexual harassment. She also informed officials regarding the legal obligations Correctional and Probation Services have in treating these two issues. She shared main findings from KWN’s forthcoming report on domestic violence entitled No More Excuses.
During the training, challenges in implementing the legal framework for both of these institutions were analysed. Further, participants were informed about the importance of cooperating with civil society, particularly shelters for persons who have suffered domestic violence. Another important issue addressed during this training session was treatment of offenders and perpetrators of domestic violence. The training focused on the responsibilities that each of the institutions has in providing such treatment and strategies for offering these services.
Participants were satisfied with the training, noting that this was their first time to discuss domestic violence and sexual violence specifically.