– Vi er overveldet over støtten vi har fått fra både norske og internasjonale forskere, fagpersoner og brukerorganisasjoner, sier direktør ved NKVTS, Inger Elise Birkeland.
En bekymringsmelding underskrevet av 22 av våre samarbeidspartnere,
deriblant Alternativ til Vold og Redd Barna, er oversendt politisk ledelse i Helse- og omsorgsdepartementet, Barne- og likestillingsdepartementet og Justis- og beredskapsdepartementet.
På vegne av styret i Den nasjonale støttegruppen etter 22. juli, skriver leder Lisbeth Røyneland blant annet:
«Det er viktig for oss, på vegne av de berørte etter terroren 22. juli, å påpeke at den forestående omorganiseringen ikke må gå ut over deres kompetanseoppbygging og videre forskning innen traumefeltet.»
I tillegg har flere internasjonale samarbeidspartnere valgt å sende støtteerklæringer for å opprettholde NKVTS som selvstendig kunnskapssenter.
Dr. Dean G. Kilpatrick,
leder av National Crime Victims Research & Treatment Center ved Medical University of South Carolina skriver blant annet:
«I do not think it is an exaggeration to say that the NKVTS is viewed internationally as one of the best and most productive centers in the world addressing traumatic stress issues. In my view, one key to its success is that it is housed in a university as opposed to some other government agency or bureau that lacks a primary academic mission of research and teaching.»
Hans kollega, professor Benjamin E. Saunders,
Associate Director ved National Crime Victims Research & Treatment Center ved Medical University of South Carolina, skriver i sitt brev blant annet:
«The government and people of Norway need to understand the importance of the work of the NKVTS to the international community and its significant influence. In short, it is one of the most highly respected research organizations in the world dedicated to research on violence and traumatic stress. (…). Those of us who do these sorts of research studies always draw upon the work of the NKVTS and seek their consultation to educate and improve our own work. The NKVTS is simply an incredible international resource, a jewel in the area of violence and traumatic stress studies. Consequently, we are very concerned about any potential threat to its work.»
kommer det også massiv oppfordring om å la NKVTS forbli i høgskole- og universitetssektoren. «Å bevare NKVTS’ unike forsknings- og utviklingsmiljø har stor betydning for området i Norden og internasjonalt», skriver flere av Sveriges rennomerte forskere på feltet.
Professor Gregory A. Aarons,
som leder «Child and Adolescent Services Research Center» ved University of California, skriver:
«Dear members of the Ministry of Health and Care Services. I am writing to support keeping NKVTS as an independent but university affiliated institute. Please see my letter for details of reasons for this. In brief, as director of a similar center in the US, and as part of the University of California system, the academic affiliation facilitates research and action that can improve public mental health and general health.»
Dr. Rebecca J. Macy,
Editor-in-Chief av Journal of Family Violence skriver blant annet:
«During the last 14 years, NKVTS has succeeded in establishing a research community with high research standards, an interdisciplinary approach, and international recognition. Studies on child abuse and neglect, domestic violence, rape, disaster and terror attacks have provided Norway and the international community with crucial knowledge to implement adequate measures and enhance the level of care in child protection, children’s crisis centers, and health services.»
Professor John Devaney,
School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh , skriver blant annet:
«I have no vested interest in the Centre, save to speak up for the thousands of children and adults who benefit daily, both in Norway and elsewhere, from the knowledge generated by staff working at NKVTS. The work undertaken in the Centre is held in the highest regard internationally, and has advanced our knowledge, understanding and practice globally in many ways. While I appreciate that there is a belief that the work of the Centre can continue within a new organisational arrangement, there is compelling evidence from other countries of large health orientated bodies not being well placed to curate and undertake social research.»
Prof Dr Miranda Olff,
Dept of psychiatry, Amsterdam UMC, skriver blant annet:
«We are all aware of the crucially important work done by NKVTS in particular in response to the Utoya shootings. During the last 14 years, NKVTS has succeeded in establishing a research community with high research standards, an interdisciplinary approach, and international recognition. Studies on child abuse and neglect, domestic violence, rape, disaster and terror attacks have provided Norway and the international community with crucial knowledge to implement adequate measures and enhance the level of care in child protection, children`s crisis centers and health services.»