The Second International Congress On Understanding Violence, organized in cooperation with Acıbadem University Practice And Research Center For Combating Crime And Violence (Asuma) and the İMDAT Association, was held online between October 16-18, 2020 with the theme “Viktimology”. The International Congress, which was held with the theme of victim, hosted 5 academic panels, 2 conferences, 9 oral papers and 2 poster papers sessions. The Congress, which speakers and participants from 6 different countries come together online was started with the director of ASUMA and the president of the İMDAT Association Prof. Dr. Oguz Polat’s , " Why Is The Victim A Victim?” titled speech.
5 academic panels were held with the themes “urban victim child”, “woman victim of sexual crime”, “individual victim of crime”, “multidisciplinary approaches in the diagnosis and treatment of the victim” and “new approaches in Victim Protection and Rehabilitation and Prevention Studies” at the Congress, which continued for 2 days.
At the “city victim child” session on the first day of the Congress, how cities lead to victimization for children was discussed with the moderation of Asuma Director Prof. Dr. Oğuz Polat. Prof. Dr. David Ball gave different examples from the UK and European perspective. Prof. Dr. Akile Reşide Gürsoy touched on this topic with sociological perspective and Assoc. Prod. Dr. Yasemin Çakırer Özservet touched on the relationship between local government examples and urban children.
In the session moderated by the Dean Of Acıbadem University School Of Medicine Prof. Dr. Yasemin Alanay, sexual violence against women and women as victims were discussed in all dimensions. Prof. Dr. Ebru Şalcıoğlu provided information on Psychological Causes and consequences, criminal lawyer Prof. Dr. Özlem Yenerer Çakmut explained the legal dimension and process. On the other hand, Prof. Dr. Vesna Nikolovic touched on the issue of comparing Balkan-Turkey.
The second day was opened with Prof. Dr. Cengiz Güleç’s "What Is The Victim's Fault?” titled conference. Then the subject of individuals who are victims of crime was discussed with the moderation of Acıbadem University School Of Medicine Vice-Dean Prof. Dr. Nadi Bakırcı. After Acıbadem University, Faculty of Science and Letters, the department of Sociology’s Head Prof. Dr. İnci User’s speech about the victimization of the individual from a sociological perspective, Murat Binici from the Department of Victims ' rights of the Ministry of Justice gave detailed information about the practices and processes in Turkey. Finally, Prof. Dr. Vasiliki Artinopoulou from Greece Panteion University gave an assessment of the current situation in Europe.
In the second half of the day, Acıbadem University School of Medicine Faculty Member Assoc. Dr. Melike Şahiner moderated the subject of approaches to diagnosis and treatment of the victim. Prof. Dr. Hakan Kar describes the approaches to diagnosis and treatment with his detailed presentation, Dr. Monica Moraru from Dunarea de Jos University of Galati, Romania spoke about the comparative process and treatment of the two countries. Prof. Dr. Ayşe Rodopman Arman offered an approach for children and adolescents.
At the last of the academic panels, victim protection and rehabilitation issues were discussed under the leadership of Prof. Dr.Latif Abbasoglu who is a faculty member at Acıbadem University School of Medicine. Dr. Bülent İlik conveyed the latest developments in social work and current approaches in conservation and rehabilitation. Assist.Prof. Dr. Fulya Eroğlu a conveyed developments in legal perspective and protection practices. In the place of the faculty member of University of London Prof. Dr. Virginia Morrow who couldn’t attend the congress because of the Covid-19 pandemic, the congress finished with the speech of Prof.Dr.Oğuz Polat’s closing speech.
In addition, 58 papers were presented in 9 oral presentation sessions and 48 papers were presented in 2 poster sessions. Presentations with different themes from many different areas were successfully completed.
On the third day, “Victim interview techniques course” was held with the participation of 78 attendees. In the course which provided the importance of interviewing techniques with the victim child was mentioned, forensic approach, psychiatric evaluation of the child, a training on interviewing techniques was provided. In addition to the importance of interviewing and interviewing the child in the legal process, evaluation was also made in light of the decisions of the Supreme Court.