E-learning tool “Police Violence Against Women Who Use Drugs”

E-learning tool “Police Violence Against Women Who Use Drugs” offers self-guided education on police violence against women who use drugs. The tool was primarily tailored to the needs of women who use drugs and it is targeted at this particular focus group. However, the tool is also intended to help those who work with communities of people who use drugs to understand real-life issues that these people encounter. The tool may also be interesting to other professionals, including social workers, health care professionals, and providers of harm reduction services as an advocacy tool for fairer drug policies.

Even though primarily it is a self-learning tool, it may also serve as recourse material for social workers or other professional in organizing group activities - educational sessions, workshops, trainings, and other - for people who use drugs.

The tool consists of three modules. The first Module teaches how to recognize cases of police violence and what acts of police officers against women who use drugs might be considered as violations of human rights. In Module II, the importance of evidence gathering and documentation of human rights violations is explained. Module III introduces different means of access to justice mechanisms (e.g. police, ombudsman institution, prosecutor office, and courts) and explains how to use them in restoring justice when human rights are violated.

The e-learning tool offers real-life case scenarios with the help of a character by the name of Marina who has gone through numerous violence incidents. All three modules then follow the story of Marina to understand the violations against her, gather evidence around the case and help her to obtain justice. The tool offers various interactive instruments to help guide the users in understanding the types of violent behavior of the police and evidence types to gather in seeking justice. Whilst the user of the e-learning tool tries to follow Marina’s story, a number of instructions and learning activities are offered to check user’s knowledge.