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VIDACS - A MOMENT BEFORE

The ViDaCS project (violent dads in Child Shoes) is funded by the European Commission under the Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme of D.G. Justice.
It is coordinated by the Department of Humanities Studies of the University of Naples Federico II; the project partners are: Consorzio Terzo Settore, Association Roots in Action, the Center Beyond violence of the ASL Napoli1 Center, the Rehabilitation Centre Villa delle Ginestre s.r.l., the company PROTOM S.p.A.

The goal is to develop and to test an innovative tool that allows the violent parent (usually the father) to implement a self-assessment of the impact of his violent behavior on children, that are silent witnesses of domestic violence; it is an emotional journey, built through the use of a game in immersive reality (serious game) and music therapy. Through virtual reality, the violent father (perpetrator) will be able to experience the feelings felt by the child in a situation of domestic violence.
Usually, when a couple quarrels, they forget that the children, perhaps in the next room, “have ears”, even forget the existence of them. On the other hand, the phenomenon of assisted violence, still underestimated, has long-term and significant repercussions on the development of the child, psychological consequences, post-traumatic disorders, depression, problems with school and concentration, low self-esteem, self-devaluation, drug abuse or alcohol (in the long run) with a general impairment of individual well-being and relational skills.

In terms of emotions, children exposed to domestic violence often suffer from guilt feelings and usually show a disorganized emotional code, with the stratification of gender stereotypes. Indeed, there is a significant transgenerational risk: the child may regard abuse and gender-based violence as something acceptable or unavoidable to repeat. Furthermore, exposure to domestic violence often also compromises the affective relationship between the child and the non-violent parent.

The project is aimed at different types of direct beneficiaries:
a. men who feel their violent behaviour but only partially acknowledge their responsibility and want to be helped to change their attitudes and behaviour. For this target group, recruitment should take place on a voluntary and web-based basis;
b. men who do not recognize their violence against the partner but in the name of their children could be motivated to a possible treatment, through the use of the route proposed by Vidacs (serious game and music therapy);
c. men who have not entered the criminal justice system but who have been reported by social services or victims of violence to induce the break of the cycle of violence and avoid the crystallization of behavior Indirect beneficiaries are: Professionals, educators, experts, police, health and social workers, to be sensitised and supported in building skills appropriate to deal with perpetrators and more generally in the fight against gender-based violence.

The purpose of the video requested is twofold:
a) to make the project known to a wider public, achieving an adequate communication and dissemination of the objectives and results of the project;
b) to achieve effective recruitment of perpetrators to be involved in the trial.
Therefore, the aim is to promote self-control of aggression and the contrast of behaviors that could lead to actions that one might regret; that is to be able to stop “a moment before” that the irreparable happen!

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