Center for Domestic Violence Prevention

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Achievements

SASA!

  • CEDOVIP was the pioneer organization in implementing SASA!, a community mobilization approachin 2008. Between 2008 and 2012, a cluster randomized trial was conducted to evaluate the effectiveness of SASA!in Kampala, Uganda. Some of the key results were that in the intervention communities compared to control ones, women and men were less likely to accept a man’s use of violence against a partner; and when women experienced sexual or physical violence from an intimate partner, they were more likely to receive a better response from the community. Further information on SASA!study results can be found at http://www.biomedcentral.com/1741-7015/12/122.

The Domestic Violence Act (DVA)

  • CEDOVIP successfully participated in the drafting of the Domestic Violence Bill, advocated for its passing into law by Parliament, and is currently advocating for its implementation.Under the DVA coalition, the DVAwas translated into eight local languages including Luganda, Runyankore-Rukiga, Runyoro-Rutooro, Rukonzo, Akarimajong, Alur, Luo, and Ateso.Over 10,000 copies were printed and have been disseminated in different regions of the country.
  • The DVA coalition and CEDOVIP have continued with awareness raising about the Act. There is now increased awareness on the law, resulting inincreased reporting of cases.

Uganda Police Force

  • CEDOVIP has been able to work with the Uganda Police Force as an institution, to strengthen their response to Gender Based Violence (GBV) in general, and has advocated for the inclusion of GBV in the Police training curriculum. To date,we have trained over 500 police officers in handling cases of violence against women.
  • CEDOVIP has also influencedthe police to start the process of institutional reform, for example weprovided technical support in the process of developing the proposal for the establishment of theGBV directorate.

Health

  • CEDOVIP has worked with three health institutions in Kampala (Kawaala, Kitebi, and Kiruddu health centers) and strengthened their response to addressing cases of violence, especially sexual violence. For instance, they have been able to avail free post-exposure prophylaxis to survivors of rape andto assess people experiencing violence andrefer them appropriately to where they can find support.
  • CEDOVIP is working with the Ministry of Health as a resource in the development of their SGBV curriculum for health care workers.

Referral Points Network

  • CEDOVIP created the first referral directory for GBV services in Kampala,and fosteredharmonization between the referral points including the community, police, health workers, judiciary, and civil societyorganizations. This makes it easier for survivors to seek support because the points are defined, duty bearers know where to refer survivors for additional support, and those in charge are more responsive. See the Referral Directory

  • We also support the network to provide survivor-centered services, for example by training them to strengthen their knowledge and skills to effectively respond to victims of VAW/G.

Justice, Law and Order Sector (JLOS)

  • Capacity building for 100 staff including court clerks, magistrates, and state attorneys  from the Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP), including training them on GBV and the new laws of GBV, and giving them copies of the DVA and referral directory.
  • We established a close working relationship and have a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Judicial Training Institute that is also in the process of reviewing the judicial officers’ curriculum.
  • We influenced the DPP to establish an SGBV department. We also signed an MoU with the DPP to support development of a prosecutor’s manual and standard operating procedures for their state attorneys when handling GBV.
  • CEDOVIP has been able to work with the District Coordination Committees (DCC) of  Nabweru and Nakawa Chief Magistrates Courts through building the capacity of the DCC members to  include GBV on their agenda, hold each other accountable, prioritize DCC meetings, and have one-on-one follow up. Additionally, they have also worked with CEDOVIP to reach out to the communities through open court sessions.
  • CEDOVIP worked with the DPP, Office of the Registrar of High Court, JLOS secretariat, and the Judicial Studies Institute who agreed to form an advisory committee that will guide how CEDOVIP works with the entire JLOS to prioritize responses to GBV cases.

Nationally

  • In partnership with the Makerere University Economic Policy Research Center, CEDOVIP was able to put a cost to domestic violence in order to get the country’s attention. A study had previously been done focusing on health centers alone, but CEDOVIP had to focus on all duty bearers and align the cost to the most recent statistics on domestic violence. This interested policy makers, and the DVA is the only law that has made people ask about the availability of resources for implementation. Parliamentarians tasked Ministry of Gender to come up with a policy and certificate of funding so that the law can be funded. The entire Cabinetof 2013/14 signed a commitment to support the approval of the GBV policy when presented to Cabinet, so thatfunds could be allocated for its implementation.
  • We have come up with sector-specific policy briefsthat make recommendations on which activities money can be allocated to. Civil society and other actors are using these to question different ministries and Government departmentsfor the implementation of the DVA. Visit ourpolicy briefs.
  • CEDOVIP has strengthened capacity of the local government in Busoga region to spearhead efforts to prevent and respond to domestic violence using SASA!methodology under their community development services. People in the region are beginning to break the taboos of domestic violence andchild marriages and ensure equitable relationships.
  • CEDOVIP has partnered with the Private Sector Foundation (PSF) to incorporate violence prevention into PSF programs, since domestic violence was affecting program success.

Media

  • CEDOVIP has built the capacity of different media teams, including the parliamentary reporters (45), court reporters(45), presenters(30), and editors (25) for print and electronic media. The media now does more objective and balanced reporting on domestic violence compared to the sensationalist approach. They care about the safety and dignity of the survivor, and follow up on what the police and judiciary have done. They condemn violence against women in the editorial and in their articles, and are giving more prominence to people talking about violence, as well as questioning what the government has done in implementing the DVA.
  • The media fraternity now has an informal network of reporters working on domestic violence.