Cultural Encounters in Intervention against violence (CEINAV)

This project takes a dual approach to cultural encounters as they play out in ethics, justice and citizenship through a focus on the production of fundamental rights of women and children

September 1, 2013


The project ‘Cultural Encounters in Interventions Against Violence’ (CEINAV) takes a dual approach to cultural encounters as they play out in ethics, justice, and citizenship, through a focus on the fundamental rights of women and of children to safety from violence. It will explore both national legal and institutional cultures as they affect practices of intervention, and the growing diversity within European countries, where symbolic boundaries of cultural belonging can define social exclusion and inclusion.

Four EU countries, Germany, Portugal, Slovenia and the United Kingdom, will be studied, and differing approaches to the protective role of the state (as expressed in law, policing, and social welfare intervention) will be contextualised in the history of colonialism, democracy, migration, and diversity.

The research will explore on the one hand why, despite an explicit European consensus on stopping violence against women and protecting children from harm, the practices of intervention and the rationales behind them differ between countries, and on the other, how policies and institutional practices intended to ensure the ‘best interests of the child’ and the freedom and safety of women from violence may be deployed differently and have quite different effects for disadvantaged minorities within each country.

In consultation with eleven associate partners who represent networks of practitioners and stakeholders, the project will focus on three forms of violence for which state responsibility is well established: intimate partner violence, child abuse and neglect, and trafficking for sexual exploitation. Using paradigmatic narratives, in-depth discussions with professionals involved in intervention will be analysed for their implicit and explicit discursive constructions and normative representations. Exploring the perspectives of stakeholders who work with migrant and minority women and children will illuminate the tensions each group negotiates – and through this, enrich the debates on multiculturalism and diversity.




Associated Partners

Domestic Violence
AP-1: Bundesverband Frauenberatungsstellen und Frauennotrufe, Frauen gegen Gewalt e.V., DE, Ms Ute Zillig,
AP-2: Association for Non-violent Communication, SI, Ms Katarina Zabukovec Kerin,
AP-3: IMKAAN, UK, Ms Sumanta Roy,
AP-4: União de Mulheres Alternativa e Resposta – Umar, PT, Dr Ilda Afonso,

AP-5: Koordinierungskreis gegen Frauenhandel und Gewalt an Frauen im Migrationsprozess – KOK e.V., DE, Ms Eva Kueblbeck,
AP-6: Society Kljuc – Centre for Fight Against Trafficking in Human Beings, SI, Ms Polona Kovac,
AP-7: Black Association of Women Step Out Ltd. (BAWSO), Cardiff, UK, Dr Mwenya Chimba,
AP-8: Association for Family Planning /Associação para o Planeamento e a Família (APF), Porto, Fernanda Pinto,

Child abuse and neglect
AP-9: German section of the Fédération lnternationale des Communautés Educatives (FICE) e. V, DE, Dr Monika Weber,
AP-10: Association against sexual abuse, SI, Ms Erica Kovac,
AP-11: Childrens’ Services, London Borough of Hounslow, UK, Janet Johnson and Emma Worthington
AP-12: Associacão Projecto Criar (APC), PT, Ms Leonor Valente Monteiro,