Association for Supporting Activities for Persons Needing Help DROGA
ul. Niepodległości 19
11-015 Olsztynek, Poland
tel. +48 89 521 64 75


e-mail: stowarzyszenie.droga@wp.pl

Established in 2010, the DROGA (ROAD) association is a project-driven and fully independent organisation, self-funded from external and competitive sources. We provide support and therapeutic services holistically to local community members and at-risk groups affected by addictions, alcoholism and domestic violence, including the survivors, perpetrators and local youth. The members of our association are psychologists, lawyers, therapists, academics, welfare workers and youth workers, social media officers, and managers. We also run bottom-up social campaigns aimed at raising awareness of people and stakeholders in areas related to IPV. We publish books and come up with training programs dedicated to practitioners such as police officers, representatives of the health service, teachers, employees of the local welfare centres, and local elected officials. The association conducts therapy for perpetrators and survivors based on the Duluth and Trauma Informed Model.

In practice, the association undertakes activities:

  1. helping victims of violence
  2. therapy for perpetrators of violence, people addicted to alcohol and drugs as well as co-addicted people
  3. behavioural addictions therapy (Internet, electronic devices)
  4. socio-therapeutic classes for children and adolescents from families affected by alcohol problems and/or domestic violence
  5. trainings for institutions dealing with the problem of violence and addictions (health care services, schools, police, etc.)
  6. providing sheltered housing for victims of domestic violence.

The association prepares and publishes publications on the phenomenon of domestic violence and addictions. Since its inception, we have implemented over 30 projects related to domestic violence, financed from domestic and foreign funds, including EU funds. We cooperate with institutions and non-governmental organizations, including France, Finland, Italy and Malta.

DROGA Association is a member of the WorkWithPerpetrator European Network which is an umbrella organisation, WWP EN supports its members in offering or developing responsible, victim-focused perpetrator work.

DROGA Association cooperates with Victim Support Europe (VSE), a leading European umbrella organisation that advocates on behalf of all victims of all types of crimes.

Key staff members:

Krzysztof Rubas

Certified specialist in helping victims and perpetrators of domestic violence. He has over 25 years of professional experience in interventions for victims of violence. Certified specialist in the field of therapy and rehabilitation of drug addicts.

Monika Kotowska, PhD

Assistant professor at the Department of Criminology and Criminal Policy. She is a graduate of administration and law at the University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn and in tax law at the Warsaw School of Economics.

prof. Agnieszka Zduniak

Sociologist and translator, assistant professor at the Department of Sociology of the University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn since 2008. Doctor of humanities in the field of sociology, MA in German philology.

Agnieszka Bucała

A graduate of SWPS in psychology, specializing in clinical and health psychology. She runs classes in the field of trauma therapy. She carries out psychological consultations, and psychological diagnoses, and conducts psychoeducational classes. She has experience in providing frontline services in favour of local government and welfare officers working with families confronted with domestic violence.

Marzena Ossowska

Treasurer of the association, professional accountant, expert in finance and settlement of projects financed from external funds.

Agata Potkaj

A certified psychologist with over 20 years of experience working in the penitentiary service. Addiction psychotherapy specialist, certified specialist in helping victims and perpetrators of domestic violence. The author of the program on the prevention of violence dedicated to children and adolescents „Violence on datings”.

Marta Dąbkowska-Wilczek

The project manager and coordinator, an expert in internet marketing (SEO) with over 10 years of professional experience in the implementation of educational projects, manager of international projects.

Emilia Kowalik

An expert in data analysis, programming and artificial intelligence. He develops programs and runs classes for young people to improve their digital skills.

Maciej Duda (Ph.D)

lawyer, Assistant Professor at the Department of Criminology and Criminal Policy, WPIA UWM, and an expert in hate crimes and hate speech.

Anna Piotrowska

social educator, career advisor, probation officer, psychotherapist, trainer of the School for Parents and Educators, and yoga instructor. She works at Primary School No. 1. Polish Nobel Prize winners in Olsztynek.

Anna Prusik (Ph.D)

prof. OSW, doctor of humanities in pedagogy, social pedagogue, dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences of the Olsztyn University of Science and Technology. Research interests are embedded in social pedagogy, and family pedagogy, with particular emphasis on current social problems and issues related to the family analyzed in the context of prevention, support, and counteracting addictions and violence. Conducting training in the area of threats in cyberspace. Participant of Polish and international conferences, trainings and workshops. Author of scientific publications published in Poland and abroad.

Ewa Jarota-Sobczak

Addiction psychotherapy specialist

The Board of the Association for Supporting Activities for People Needing Help in Olsztynek:

Krzysztof Wilczek – President

Monika Kotowska – Vice President

Anna Piotrowska – Secretary

Marzena Ossowska – Tresurer