We are 50+ volunteers in the local branches of Copenhagen and Aalborg
Center for Magtanalyse was created by people who have been exposed to violence. We believe in the importance of producing the knowledge to prevent violence victims of violence. Most of us are educated within social sciences. Together, our skills range from anthropology, psychology, criminology, development studies, theatre studies, international studies and applied philosophy.
These expertises enable an interdisciplinary analysis of violence, which both embraces the individual's experiences and needs, and puts these into a societal perspective that can create new strategies to end violence. For example, we often see that physical violence is linked to discrimination, such as racism and sexism.
This means that when people identify as having been subjected to physical violence, they have typically also been subjected to verbal discrimination. Therefore, we treat discrimination and psychological forms of violence on an equal footing with physical forms of violence.
Have you been subjected to violence?
Are you a next of kin to someone who has been subjected to violence?
Have you subjected someone to violence?
Do you want to learn how to prevent violence?
Then you are our target group!
When it comes to our support, regardless of whether it is a conversation about vulnerability, or whether you want to learn how to prevent violence through education, the starting point is the same!
We are victims of violence and experts in preventing violence. Together we challenge harmful norms and start conversations about healing.
Methods and strategy
Our organisational methods reflect our willingness to oppose forms of violence. We are experts in prevention strategies. We build policies in collaboration with people, politicians and companies.
We draw on our own personal experiences as well as conceptualise knowledge from people who have other experiences with violence. We use our knowledge to design action plans, digital advocacy and education materials for professionals and students.
Between science and reality
Our work is both theoretical and field-oriented. Our team has in-depth knowledge of violence, most of them have felt the violence firsthand, and together we represent a wide range of expert backgrounds in anthropology, psychology, cultural and gender studies, journalism, economics and communication.
With our joint interdisciplinary efforts, we are able to actively prevent and develop innovative solutions to complex social issues. Our strength is method development and in-depth knowledge of violence.
New ways of talking about violence
"We focus on violence as a societal problem - and not the individual's problem."
The Center for Power Analysis was founded in 2019 in Copenhagen by victims of violence for victims of violence. The association is a community where members get the tools and language to understand and talk about the violence, and thereby create the societal change to end the violence. We help victims of violence to take an active role in combating violence, and make them an active part of the change by changing their self-understanding from being paralysed to action.
Our organisational methods reflect our will to oppose forms of violence. As a knowledge and competence center with a focus on peer-to-peer methods, we are experts in prevention strategies.
We build policy in collaboration with those who need the change. We talk to the politicians and involve expert knowledge as well as bring and conceptualise knowledge from people who have experienced violence. We apply this knowledge as we design targeted action plans and educate participants, professionals and students, particularly by enabling individuals to transform negative experiences into strong, inclusive anti-unthriving policies.
A highly dynamic knowledge base
We are constantly acquiring new knowledge about violence from the support groups. This means that we evaluate support offers on an ongoing basis and use the knowledge in education and research efforts where they are transformed into various forms of knowledge products about violence prevention that can be used in practice for different target groups.
We found it absolutely necessary to produce new knowledge about violence on the basis of a target group and needs analysis, as well as mapping of existing researches in the area of violence. These showed two findings that make it difficult for the target group uncovered by CMA to seek and receive support and knowledge about violence:
1) The offers for people who are not in crisis are scarce, and there are even fewer free offers for people who have been exposed to violence, many years after the violent incidents.
2) The available violence-related knowledge is characterised by two centralised issues; Women with children in the age group 35+ in shelters, and women with an ethnic background. These two target groups form the basis for the knowledge about violence on which most Danish studies are based. That knowledge is not representative of the wider Danish population, who are to a lesser degree so affected by crises that they end up at crisis centers.
Therefore, we have built our three offers as preventive, primarily violence preventative work that ensures knowledge about violence through intersectional understandings, which specifies that violence can occur across gender, class, sexuality, ethnicity, age and much more. What sets CMA apart from other players is that our projects have a circular connection.
Meet the board
Criminologist and journalist, foreperson
I lead the project Femicide Watch effort.
Contact me at email@example.com
CMA is on an important mission to stop violence in Denmark, and I would like to be part of that mission. At the same time, I think CMA's approach to violence – that violence starts in language – is really exciting. Hopefully we can revolutionise the approach the authorities have to violence and violence prevention.
study cand.soc. deputy foreman
My ambitions are...
My ambitions are that we become a bigger voice in the debate by contributing with our creative methods, our knowledge and educational material about violence. In addition, I have ambitions for CMA to continue to be a strong offer for the people we know have previously been overlooked in the system.
I am interested in challenging the way we as a society think about violence and equality, and helping to build a language and work with violence that recognises all the facets of violence. CMA is the only one that work so primarily and constructively both theoretically and practically with violence, and I support that work 100%.
Signe Skovgård Petersson
I have a background as a business anthropologist in the legal industry.
With CMA, I will..
My ambitions for the Center for Magtanalyse are to create an international conglomerate where, through our support and network groups, educational efforts for professionals, primary and secondary school students, and research efforts 'Femicide Watch', we help to create a world without violence.
Burcu Erbu Habibi
Teacher and author
At CMA, I am a part of the Understanding of Violence department.
With the CMA, I will...
Focus on the structural and cultural processes that keep individuals in silence, shame and self-blame.
Through CMA, I want to create a platform that can help empower other survivors of abuse to share their story.
CMA's definition of violence allows me to address sensual violence as a structural problem rooted in specific power relations, and that angle is missing from the conversation about abuse right now
More info coming soon!
General inquiries to the organization?
Contact Center for Power Analysis' secretariat manager Signe Skovgård Petersson at firstname.lastname@example.org
Signe has a Master's degree in Cultural Encounters & International Development Studies from Roskilde University. After her studies, she was employed by one of Denmark's leading law firms with the task of investigating the working conditions the lawyers of the future face.
Signe has been a volunteer in CMA since 2021 and, among other things, started the first volunteer group that took care of organizational tasks in CMA. As head of the secretariat, she must help ensure that CMA becomes a strong organization that will also remain relevant in the future.
Inquiries about collaboration or the organisation's efforts?
Contact Center for Power Analysis director Ditte Bjerregaard at email@example.com
Ditte is a trained anthropologist from the University of Lund and Copenhagen and in 2019 she founded CMA based on her thesis and with the aim of preventing violence through support groups for victims of violence. Since then, she has developed three well-established efforts, 'Tal om Vold' - support groups for victims of violence, 'Knowledge of Violence' - education that focuses on dissatisfaction and bullying and 'Femicide Watch' - a research effort that monitors and analyzes misogynistic murders.
Ditte has specialized knowledge in the field of violence and, concurrently with her position, she has been admitted to the international training course RARE, where she studies human rights advocacy and builds alliances across national borders.
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