“Both men and women are becoming less hostile to what I am saying, and in fact they agree with me more often.”
Elena Zolotilova, psychologist, Rostov, Russia

The Listeners

“Conversation could do more good than all the medicine in the world.”

CAMPS (Centre D’Assistance Medico–Psychosociale)
Gives psychosocial support to families who have been subjected to violence in South Kivu.

The Inspiration For A Law

The number of cases reported to the police is growing by the day.”

Maria Da Penha
Brazil’s new law on violence against women bears her name. She herself runs an institute to spread information about the law.

The Police Commissioner

“The turning point was 2004, with the new law on violence in the home. Violence against women was no longer a private matter.”

: Adolfina Prieto
What: Heads LIBRA, the special police unit which combats violence against women and also offers survival courses to women who have lived with a dangerous man.

The Village Activists

“You only have to look at the TV series, and how badly the women behave. It’s because they haven’t been circumcised!”

BLACD (The Better Life Association for Comprehensive Development).
What: Visit the villages to talk about genital mutilation, and have radically changed the situation. These days only one in ten girls undergoes genital mutilation; previously the figure was nine in ten.  

The Doctors

“No-one really knows how to circumcise a woman.”

Magda Adly and Joseph Kamel.
What: Magda works with rehabilitation of victims of torture and violence in the home, and Joseph is a local doctor.  

The Men’s Network

“Maybe it was time to shoot a few men … ?”

Hans Hansson
Started the men’s network in Piteå and runs treatment sessions for violent men.

The Lawyer

“Sometimes I sit in the courtroom and hold her hand, or stroke her back. I don’t want her to feel she is alone.”

Susanne Croné-Morell
Is the victim’s own lawyer – the plaintiff’s lawyer.  

The Police

“Have you got any children he knows aren’t his? Does he spy on you, or leave threatening messages?”

Family Crimes Division, Department of Police
Prioritise cases of violence against women.  

Women’s Table

“What we see is a state which does not take responsibility for its people.”  

Mesa de Mujeres (Women’s Table)
What: Network of researchers and activists who investigate feminicides.

The Home For Young Mothers

“When the girls begin to think about the future, about what they will do when they leave here, then we can stop worrying.”

Abrigo Rainha Silvia
Offers protection to young women who are pregnant and victims of violence.

The Children's Clinic

Red Riding Hood versus the Wolf

: Teddy Bear Clinic
Offer support to children and young people who have been abused.