MAV Visit Denmark

 MAV Visit Denmark!  September 2011  

Grundtvig University invites for the third consecutive year to three day seminar on gang violence. 120 professionals, politicians, ex offenders, volunteers and leading Danish and international scientists will meet for three days to present, discuss and develop strategies. A meeting between professionals, researchers, potiticians, volunteers and former offenders.

Tony Winters from Street Pastors organised a visiting group from a Denmark University to visit MAV in May as part of their comparative work with gangs. After further consultation, Tony organised a trip for two members of MAV to visit Denmark.  Julie Boyle (MAV Secretary) and Patsy McKie (MAV Founder) attend “Gang crime, new developments, prevention and exit” seminar in collaboration with Grundtvigs Højskole School and Eurogang network.  MAV were asked to deliver an educational presentation and share experiences.    

The seminar began with a welcome by Søren Lerche our host,  with discussions surrounding border co-operation, an update from the chief of police Kim Kliver of conflict in gang wars in denmark, a view of profit as a motivating factor in gang conflict by Morten Frich and finally a review of American gang reserach and how it contributes to preventative work by Finn Espensen.  Workshops on the involvement of civil society (community) included: 

  •  Involvement of civil society: Focus on training and organizing volunteers by Tony Winter Street Pastors  & MAV 
  • Focus on involvement and mobilization of volunteers by Steen Søgaard
  • ‘Your Cop’ Community policing and community involvement at Nørrebro Police and local actors.

During the three day event the theme of international inspiration and co-operation with a presentation by Scott Decker on international research on exit strategies and Elmar Weitekamp spoke about restorative justice, peace circles and the use of volunteers in the process of reintegration of offenders into the community. MAV were thanked for the valuable contribution we made to the seminar.

MAV Juile Boyle said;  One of the most exciting things that happened was that we were introduced to two ladies who wanted to set up Mothers Against Violence in Denmark!  We were also treated to a very powerful performance by the Prison Choir from Vridsløselille State Prison which has been singing for 15 years behind bars.

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