Project description

The Project CONNECT - CONstruct NEtwork in Counselling for Trauma financed by the Norwegian Financial Mechanism 2009-2014, Program RO20 - “Domestic and Gender-Based Violence” is being developed and implemented by Transilvania University of Braşov, together with several national partners - “Lucian Blaga” University of Sibiu - Psychological-Research Centre, “Babeş-Bolyai” University of Cluj Napoca - Centre of Research and Prevention of Family and Societal Violence, and the Association of Women against Violence ARTEMIS - and the international partner, The Foundation TISIP.

The implementation period of the Project is of 13 months (April 2015 - April 2016)..

Which were the Project premises?

Fighting against family violence is placed in the paradigm of protecting the children’s fundamental rights and the fundamental human rights, as recognized by the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union. At the same time, there is a whole series of international recommendations, based on a casuistry instrumented at the level of the international Courts, which place family violence in the context of the practices and policies targeted on public health and on the fight against discriminatory treatments

The Project drafting has been underlain by a few findings made in the latest exploratory study upon the social services for the victims of family violence (December 2013) conducted by 11 NGOs in Romania, active in the area of monitoring the enforcement of the Law 2017/2003 (supplemented by the Law 25/2012) of prevention and fight against domestic violence. The study has revealed that, at a national level, among the specialists who work with the victims of domestic violence, no specific initial training was made; likewise, that neither the continuing education/ training, nor the professional supervision - of support for the staff who acts in the field of family violence, are ensured, despite its being a work generating secondary traumatisation.

Many victims have highlighted the police representatives’ failure to react, difficulties in obtaining the protection orders and, in general, the judges’ tolerant attitude towards the family-violence acts, the family doctors’ lack of information on the services that may be accessed by the victims of family violence, similarly to the staff in protection institutions. The specialized training, with an emphasis on the specificity of the domestic-violence cases, is quite low or even misses out, also for the staff categories in the Ministry of Internal Affairs (Police), Ministry of Justice (Department of Probation, jurists, lawyers, judges) and the Ministry of Health (family doctors, nurses, IML doctors) who, according to the Law 2017/2003 have responsibilities in identifying and reporting the cases of family violence, within their areas of competence.

An equally important aspect refers to the imperative need to support the development of a capacity for systematic intervention, on a local level, in close coordination with the police bodies and prosecution offices, for the victims’ protection and safety – adults and children alike. The principle of integrated approach – supposes the coordination and cooperation among all institutions involved; and the practices and procedures in the field of monitoring and fighting against family violence, as well as those of implementation of the social-assistance measures, will be based on a unitary vision and conception, with a focus on partnership and networking.

Given that domestic violence remains a serious problem in Romania, a problem which affects the victims’ essential fundamental rights, such as dignity, access to justice and equality between women and men, our Project answers the priority no. 3 “Professional-training activities for the specialists who act in the field of domestic violence” within the financing program ensured by the Norwegian Financial Mechanism 2009 – 2014 and the State budget.

What does the Project aim at?

The Project CONNECT - CONstruct NEtwork in Counselling for Trauma aims at the transfer of specific knowledge and skills, by training the specialists who act in the field of prevention and fight against domestic violence, by a unitary vision and conception, with a focus on partnership and networking.

The Project will generate long-term effects, by the implementation of an adequate training program, addressed to the relevant professionals (psychologists, social assistants, doctors, jurists, policemen etc.) within the monitoring and intervention services, in the cases of family violence.

The conception of this program will be based on an assessment study on the specialist-training needs, with attributions in the prevention and fight against domestic violence and gender-based violence. The participation in the study will target the representatives/ employees of the public and private institutions in the 3 counties covered by the Project (Braşov, Cluj, Sibiu), with attributions in the prevention and fight against domestic violence.

The study results will underlie the conception of the Professional-Training Manual and of the Trainer’s Guide, two extremely useful working instruments, addressed to the specialists who will be part of the Project target group and not only.

The professional-training program within the Project aims at:

The instruction will be followed by a period of 2-3 months of practice, when online supervision from the trainers will be ensured, on specific cases (2 sessions/ beneficiary). The formation will be unitary, by the team of trainers who will also provide the supervision.


Direct Beneficiaries of the Project are the professionals who, according to the Law 217/2003 amended and supplemented by the Law 25/2012, are responsible with preventing and fighting against family violence, who belong to the territorial structures of the relevant ministries, the local public administration and the nongovernmental organizations, in the Northwest and Central regions:

  • social assistants;
  • psychologists;
  • police / gendarmerie officers; forensics;
  • jurists;
  • probation counsellors;
  • nurses / doctors.

The target group is intended to include the specialists who work with vulnerable groups of Roma ethnicity (at least 10%) and of Hungarian ethnicity (at least 10%).

Indirect beneficiaries of this Project are:

  • victims and aggressors, who will benefit from a better intervention and collaboration among specialists and institutions with competences in solving the family-violence cases;
  • specialists who could not be instructed within the Project; yet who will befit from the developed instruments – Manual and Guide – in both edited and printed variant, on the website;
  • other specialists who will be instructed, in the sustainability stage of the Project;
  • Romanian society, by the promotion and dissemination of the Project results, who will know the Project activity, by various informative means: seminars, conferences, press releases, publications, website, social network, flash-mob.

1 Curriculum for training the specialists in the field of domestic violence

1 professional-training program recognized as continuing education and training for professionals, accredited by the Romanian College of Psychologists and the National College of Social Workers

2 working instruments, elaborated for the use of specialists: the Professional-Training Manual and the Trainer’s Guide

At least 8 instructed trainers

At least 250 practitioners who complete the training program, whereof at least 10% work with minority groups of Roma ethnicity and Hungarian ethnicity