No more secondary victimization of women who have suffered violence.
This is the goal of the project in a nutshell Never Again, which he sees engaged D.i.Re in partnership with the University of Campania Luigi Vanvitelli, which coordinates it, the newspaper the sun 24 hours and in particular the editorial staff of the online magazine Alley oop, the Male Plural Association, MASC, the Socio Cultural Artistic Movement, an organization that carries out participatory cultural events focused on theater and audiovisual, and Prodos Consulting, a company specializing in online training, and is funded by the Rights, Equality and Citizenship program of the Union European.
The "secondary victimization" - which in English takes the more descriptive name of post-crime victimisation - indicates those behaviors of the institutions that end up translating into new suffering inflicted on women who have suffered violence, who therefore become victims a second time.
To act this new violence can be the police, who minimize the violence or encourage women to resolve the "situation with the husband"; the criminal courts that subject them to grueling interrogations aimed at identifying behaviors that may have "provoked the violence"; the civil courts in case of proceedings for separation and custody of the children, which submit them to CTU who end up accusing them of manipulating children who do not want to see violent fathers without recognizing the violence suffered and witnessed as the cause of this refusal.
Even media narratives can turn into secondary victimization, particularly in the so-called victim blaming, "blaming the victims": in the titles that justify the perpetrators of femicide, in the detailed reconstructions of the alleged suffering of the perpetrators neglecting those of the victims, in the use of photographs taken from social networks to build a representation of women who have suffered violence as of people who "are looking for it".
Focused on a combination of specialist training and awareness raising actions targeting the general public, Never Again aims to overcome the dramatic persistence of cultural prejudices and sexist stereotypes that underlie secondary victimization.
Launched on 25 November 2020, the project combines training with the production of infographics, videos and journalist articles, an e-book and a guide for the media, so that secondary victimization is recognized and, therefore, avoided.
It will be possible to register for the training course "Secondary victimization in the context of violence against women" - intended for operators of justice, law enforcement and the media.
The training course, free and in the process of being accredited by the National Order of Journalists and the National Forensic Council, includes 9 modules on an e-learning platform, 10 workshops integrated with participatory theatrical performances and 3 thematic webinars.
The 9 e-learning modules will be available on the website www.victimizzazionesecondaria.it starting from September 2021 and will then be available 24 hours a day. The thematic webinars will explore some of the topics addressed in the online modules based on the indications of the participants, and will be organized in the first months of 24, as well as the classroom workshops, lasting one day, conceived as training opportunities for multi-professional meeting and comparison, with a participatory and laboratory approach and in a network perspective at a territorial / local level.
An authentic element of innovation will be the staging, at the end of each classroom workshop, of a theatrical performance curated by MASC which will invite the participants to interact with the actors and actresses to deconstruct secondary victimization. Ten Italian cities that will host the workshops: Cosenza, Milan, Naples, Nuoro, Padua, Palermo, Parma, Pescara, Pisa, Trieste.
In all cities, training meetings are organized in collaboration with the anti-violence centers of the network D.i.Re, except in Naples, where the workshop will be organized in collaboration with the Scuola Superiore della Magistratura.
For more information on the criteria and procedures for admission to the course, you can consult the call for applications at this link: https://www.vittimizzazionesecondaria.it/bando/