9th Conference European Sociological Association

RN27 Regional Network on Southern European Societies

2009-09-04 13:30:00 2009-09-04 15:00:00 Friday, 4 September 13:30 - 15:00 Welfare Mix in Southern Europe Building II, Auditório C1.03

Best and Worse in Mixing Associative and Government action in support provision to victims of domestic violence through professionals eyes

Associations and Voluntary sector in Southern Europe (RN27)

Best and Worse in Mixing Associative and Government action in support provision to victims of domestic violence trough professionals eyes

Southern European societies have historical and cultural similarities that contribute to define civic society mobilization towards associative initiatives. Voluntary or third sector organisations acting on wellbeing promotion are changing traditional relations with state or public sector. Those interaction changes posit sociological questions about power and negotiation imbalance in boundaries definition.
Organizations are made of people who come together to rationally work toward a common purpose. As organizations of organizations inter-service partnerships bring together public agencies and civil society associations. One thematic in which this model of welfare mix by service provision is being developed in Portuguese society is family violence in what concerns specifically to victims support.
Social intervention in family violence situations is a paradigmatic case in which the complementary roles are deeply separated and quite well identified. The State reserves to himself the (primary) prevention tasks and assumes legislative and mandatory functions, while stimulates civic society to organize itself to assure direct intervention activities.
In practice, partnerships are emerging at local level linking community based and Government organizations.
Semi-structured interviews with partnerships managers (assuring functional dimension on horizontal changes) revealed their point of view about the advantages (strengths) and disadvantages (weakness) of partnership practice aimed to ameliorate system ability to respond to women's needs.
Data was analyzed using an interpretative approach applied to retrospective narratives on associative experiences beyond what was traditional in Portugal.
This evaluation provides some insights about potential change in what concerns to public/ private relations; development of new approaches and innovation who can shape social policies in domestic violence area.
This presents a challenge for comparative research among Southern European societies. Portuguese experiences in this area are not well documented.