The monograph on improving the response of first responders to domestic violence in Europe aims to identify gaps in the cooperation of first-line responders and deliver recommendations, toolkits and collaborative training for European police organizations and medical and social work professionals. The goal is to improve integrate institutional response to domestic violence. Shared training and adequate risk assessment tools will create a positive feedback loop, increasing reporting rates of domestic violence to police, the medical profession, and community and social work practitioners.


IMPRODOVA | Improving Frontline Responses to High Impact Domestic Violence
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 787054.


Branko Lobnikar (ed.), University of Maribor, Faculty of Criminal Justice and Security

Branko Lobnikar obtained PhD in human resource management. He is a Full Professor of Security Studies at the Faculty of Criminal Justice and Security, University of Maribor. He has (co)authored several papers on human resource management and human resource development, organizational behaviour, policing, police integrity and deviance at the workplace. He was a Slovenian national coordinator of an H2020 project – IMPRODOVA Improving Frontline Responses to High Impact Domestic Violence.

Ljubljana, Slovenia. E-mail:

Catharina Vogt (ed.), German Police University

Dr. Catharina Vogt, Dipl.-Psych., Senior Researcher, Kriminologie und Interdisziplinäre Kriminalprävention, Deutsche Hochschule der Polizei. Dr. Catharina Vogt is post-doctoral researcher at the German Police University (DHPol) steering the EU-funded project IMPRODOVA. She pursued her PhD at the University of Hamburg in cooperation with Kühne Logistics University and as a visiting scholar at the Otago Business School. In her research, Dr. Vogt focuses on the issue of interpersonal cooperation. Among others, she explores the effects of respectful leadership, ways of conflict resolution in policing and customer interactions. During her career, Dr. Vogt has worked in several project management roles and as business consultant. Today, she is external member of the think-tank RespectResearchGroup which she headed for four years.

Münster, Germany. E-mail:

Joachim Kersten (ed.), German Police University

Guest Professor, Kriminologie und Interdisziplinäre Kriminalprävention, Deutsche Hochschule der Polizei. Prof. Joachim Kersten has studied science, history, and political science at the Free University Berlin, and at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario from where he holds a master’s degree in social science. His doctorate is from the University of Tübingen and a post-doctoral degree from the University of Konstanz. He has published books and journal articles on juvenile prison, youth violence, gendered violence, and police accountability/police and minorities. Joachim Kersten is a Senior Research Professor at the German Police University. He is the coordinator of H2020 IMPRODOVA Improving Frontline Responses to High Impact Domestic Violence.

Münster, Germany. E-mail: