CEINAV – Cultural Encounters in Interventions Against Violence (Violence, Inequality, and Human Rights)

The project 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 contextualized 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 hand, 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 11 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.

The project will also give space to the voices of women and children who have travelled through a personal history of violence and of social interventions. Collecting their stories and working in a creative art process will seek to uncover the potential both of narrative and of visual representation to stimulate the imagination needed to hear different voices and to recognise the agency of victims. Artist-researchers in each of the four countries will integrate creative art and aesthetic education as instruments through which disempowered voices may be heard, creating resources that can be used in change processes.

Comprising innovative methodological approaches, theory-based research and a creative synergy CEINAV will work ‘in between’ research, policy and practice. The project will analyse ethical issues of rights and discrimination, seeking to clarify the implications of European norms and of practices of protection, taking account of multiple and intersecting structures of power and oppression. It will frame an intersectional approach to intervention that recognises the voice and agency of diverse victims. Alongside a set of research papers and scripted videos the outcome will be a document outlining ethical foundations for responsible practice.
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CEINAV PI project team

CEINAV Peace institute (Mirovni inštitut) team after the meeting on 18 May 2015

We are  bunch of joyful  yet  hard working scholars. The group consists of  (from left to right) Vlasta Jalušič (principal investigator), Lana Zdravković (researcher and artist),  Katarina Vućko  (researcher) and  Veronika Bajt, (researcher)  The areas we cover at our institute are political science/theory, racism and nationalism, gender studies, migration and human rights.


Within the project ‘CEINAV – Cultural Encounters in Interventions Against Violence (Violence, Inequality, and Human Rights)’ the film ‘Everything I Told Them’ (Vlasta Jalušič, Lana Zdravković, 2016, 47 min.) has been produced. It, in a documentary way, presents the views of various experts from Germany, Portugal, Slovenia and the United Kingdom in the areas of domestic violence, child abuse and trafficking for sexual abuse, as well as personal stories of women and children with personal experience of violence and social interventions. In this way, the film offers a concise view of cultural encounters and tensions in interventions and policies against violence and highlights the fundamental emphasis: the right to be safe from violence. The film is suitable for broadcasting both to the general and the professional public as well as for educational purposes. It is equipped with Slovenian and English subtitles.

Everything I Told Them (Trailer)

Everything I Told Them (Film)


  • Principal Investigators
  • Project Leader / PI-1: Prof. Carol Hagemann-White, University of Osnabrück, DE
  • PI-2: Assoc. Prof. Vlasta Jalušič, Peace Institute, Ljubljana, SI
  • PI-3: Prof. Liz Kelly, London Metropolitan University, UK
  • PI-4: Prof. Maria José Magalhães, University of Porto, PT
  • PI-5: Dr. Thomas Meysen, German Institute for Youth Human Services and Family Law
  • DEAssociated Partners - in the field of domestic violence:
  • AP 1: Frauenhauskoordinierung e. V./Association of Women's Shelters, DE, Ms. Heike Herold
  • 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
  • DEAssociated Partners - in the field of trafficking:
  • AP 5: Koordinierungskreis gegen Frauenhandel und Gewalt an Frauen im Migrationsprozess - KOK e.V., DE, Ms. Margarete Muresan
  • AP.6: Society Ključ - Centre for Fight Against Trafficking in Human Beings, SI, Ms. Polona Kovač
  • AP 7: Black Association of Women Step Out Ltd. (BAWSO), UK, Dr. Chimba Mwenya
  • DEAssociated Partners -  in the field of child abuse and neglect:
  • AP 8: German section of the Fédération lnternationale des Communautés educatives (FICE) e. V, DE, Mr. Josef Koch
  • AP 9: Association against sexual abuse, SI, Ms. Erica Kovač
  • AP 10: Childrens’ Services, Harrow Council, London, UK, Ms. Catherine Doran
  • AP 11: Associacão Projecto Criar (APC), PT, Ms. Leonor Valente Monteiro


logo_EU_xxs.jpg  hera_logo xxs.jpg This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 291827. The project Cultural encounters in interventions against violence - CEINAV is financially supported by the HERA Joint Research Programme which is co-funded by AHRC, AKA, BMBF via PT-DLR, DASTI, ETAG, FCT, FNR, FNRS, FWF, FWO, HAZU, IRC, LMT, MHEST, NWO, NCN, RANNÍS, RCN, VR and The European Community FP7 2007-2013, under the Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities programme.