Gender Based Violence

Gender Based Violence

LVCT Health has a rich history of implementing Gender Based Violence( GBV) program in Kenya and beyond. Our program is designed to prevent and respond to GBV, support survivors, and promote gender equality.

We comprehensively and strategically prevent and respond to GBV, focusing on Violence against children (VAC), intimate partner violence (IPV), and the interlinkage of VAC and IPV. We achieve this through effective, gender-responsive programmes in the various contexts where IPV and VAC occur within our communities/ schools/ homes.

Our Strategic Focus

  • We provide Evidence informed policy advocacy
  • We Identify and engage in strategic advocacy forums at local, regional and global level
  • We build capacity of staff and advocates to engage in policy work
  • We support in dissemination of policies and monitoring of their implementation

The strategies and interventions employed in our GBV prevention and response program are categorised into three pillars:

Response

  • Provision of post-violence support services where survivors receive quality, comprehensive medical and clinical care and referral for support services such as legal aid.
  • Provision of psychosocial support – LIVES approach and a human rights-based approach – for survivors seeking post-violence services

Prevention

  • Transformation of social norms, attitudes and behaviour to encourage positive attitudes towards gender equality; challenge harmful cultural norms; and advocate for respectful relationships.
  • Provision of life skills training for vulnerable adolescents and young people to empower them to challenge gender inequality and GBV.
  • Community advocacy by awareness-raising campaigns via public media campaigns, workshops, sensitisation and training. An example is the Spot It! Stop It! Campaign for ending VAC.

Partnership

  • Capacity development of community and facility-level service providers on identifying and responding to GBV cases. We target healthcare providers, social workers, law enforcement officials and community-own-resource-persons.
  • Policy advocacy for legislative and regulatory reforms and improved policies, processes, procedures, and practices to prevent and respond to GBV/IPV/VAC. For example, Mombasa SGBV Costed Strategic Plan

To achieve community, societal and policy system-wide change towards responding to GBV/VAC/IPV, we consistently implement gender-responsive evidence-based strategies and employ a multisectoral approach in responding to the needs of identified survivors. 

Our Achievements

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Survivors of GBV/VAC across key, priority and vulnerable population groups offered comprehensive response services at LVCT Health supported facilities

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Multisectoral service providers trained on the management of GBV survivors

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GBV policies, strategic plans, national curricula, guidelines and standard operating procedures developed

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implementing partners offered Technical Assistance (TA) to scale up GBV services

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