Is it possible that it is love?
‘Is it possible that is love?’ is the title of the handtbook on violence in youth relationships written by young authors Gordana Buljan Flander, Associated Professor, Marija Bačan, MD, Kristina Škovrlj and Nikolina Šrklec, published by the City of Zagreb and the Center for Child Protection of Zagreb with the circulation of 3.000 copies, which are to be distributed to the youth, parents and professionals free of charge.
The Principal, Gordana Buljan Flander, Associated Professor, at the presentation of the textbook held in the Old Town Hall on Friday, 6 February, pointed out that it was the twelfth textbook published by the City of Zagreb and The Center during the six years the Center has been existing, all the twelve having been distributed in 150.000 copies apart from the possibility of downloading them from the Center’s web site.
Besides the Principal, the textbook was also presented by Zvonimir Šostar, MD the Principal of the City Office for Health, Labour, Social Protection and War Veterans, Prof.dr sc. Dubravka Kocijan Hercigonja, Associated Professor, Marija Bačan, MD, Kristina Škovrlj and Nikolina Škrlec.
The doyen of paediatric psychiatry in Croatia, Dubravka Kocijan Hercigonja Associated Professor said that violence in youth relationship, the least spoken about, had permanent consequences which influence relationships developing later:
“Perpetrators are not born, but created. Today, we are working with children witnessing or experiencing family violence. A large number of these children have parents who were in violent relationships as adolescents, but did not know who to ask for help, repeating the pattern of violent behaviour today. Helping the youth to get out of violent relationships, we are helping future generations, because family violence is transgenerational.”