Absence of GBV safe shelter causes A woman her life

ikirimat
Posted May 2, 2021 from Uganda
MUFUNI Women Shelter in Tororo District (Uganda)

A safe shelter could have saved a woman GBV survivor. Unfortunately this was not the case for this woman (Patricia (not real name )).  Uganda still has very few GBV Safe shelters.    Patricia was abused/beaten by her husband and decided to seek redress and treatment within the available GBV referral services (police and clinic. She reported the case to police since its a requirement for a police form 4 for a victim to get treatment. After receiving treatment, Patricia the survivor had no where to go but go back to her abusive husbands home.  However, she found her husband angry that she had filed a case in police accusing him of assault/torture, he hacked her to death.

It is therefore important to balance available the services available for GBV survivors . Giving information about why we must report GBV cases and seek treatment is important but the security of the survivor is very critical. We need more safe shelters for GBV survivors and so GBV programming must prioritize safe shelters.

This story was submitted in response to Gender-Based Violence.

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Tamarack Verrall
May 02
May 02

The very least our governments can do while they live up to promises to end the violence, is to provide funding for all women needing support. Anything less is a blatant collaboration with the violence. Demanding more shelter is so important. We have made it clear that covid conditions has even brought an increase in violence agains women and children. I hope you strong voice shakes the government rafters.
Deep love,
Tam

ikirimat
May 03
May 03

Thank you Tam,
That''s why our voices should continue to speak for the speechless

rebecca.tang
May 02
May 02

Thank you for sharing. We definitely need more GBV shelter and stop it. Hope the government and NGO can do more to stop the GBV, protect the victims and establish more shelters.
Hope everyone is safe! May Almighty God bless you all!

ikirimat
May 03
May 03

Thank you for your encouragement . We are safe but concerned about that woman with no safety

Honorine Ngenwi
May 03
May 03

Hi Ikiri that is a very sad one. My sister we really need to see how we can protect women from this situation. It is horrible.
Thanks and may God protect you and stay safe
Rock

ikirimat
May 03
May 03

Thank you Honorine