51 judges, prosecutors, court officials, lawyers, experts from the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Interior took part in the opening meeting of the e-learning course “Violence against women and domestic violence”, organized by the National Institute of Justice under the project “Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence”, funded by the Justice Programme of the Norwegian Financial Mechanism 2014-2021.
The inauguration meeting was held online on 9 May 2022, with the participation of the national trainers in the course, as well as Maria Andriani Kostopoulou, PhD, a member of the HELP Programme Advisory Board and an expert with in-depth knowledge and experience in the field in question. The meeting provided an overview of key international standards and ECHR practice, national legal frameworks and challenges related to the prevention and protection from gender-based violence and domestic violence at national level. The training platform and resources of the HELP Programme were also presented, as well as the substantive, methodological and organisational aspects of the course.
The inauguration meeting marked the beginning of a two-month e-learning course on the topic, developed on the basis of HELP materials adapted to national legislation and practice. The course provides a systematic overview of the main international and European legal instruments in the field of prevention and combating violence against women and domestic violence and protection of victims, with a focus on relevant Council of Europe standards and key ECHR case law in the field, presented in the context of the national legal framework and the practice of national courts.
In order to strengthen mutual trust between those working in the field of justice and other professionals involved in the field and to unify the practice of law enforcement, the pilot edition of the course is conducted for a mixed group of trainees.
The training course provides independent work with study materials, group activities oriented to exchange practice and experience (including case studies and forum discussions) and a final test.