In certain countries, a man may assault his wife simply for burning dinner. When women involve the authorities, police may be untrained in how to respond. The concept of separating or leaving one’s husband or partner can seem impossible to women who are dependent upon abusive husbands and partners for food for their children. And in some countries, abuse is even considered acceptable: 57% of Ugandans believe that specific circumstances justify acts of domestic violence against women.
46% percent of ever-married women in Uganda say that they are afraid of their current or most recent partner some or most of the time.
1 in 3 Ugandan women have experienced spousal violence in the last 12 months, according to a 2015 report.
Bolivia, Colombia and Peru ranked in the top 5 countries in Latin America with the highest level of intimate partner violence, according to a World Bank report.
Our Community Protection Model
We don’t stop at rescuing people who have been abused. Our goal is to prevent violence from happening in the first place.
That’s why IJM and our partners collaborate with local authorities to serve individual survivors of domestic violence, pursue sustainable improvements in the justice system and build communities where all people can expect to be safe and protected.
IJM combats domestic violence in Uganda and Latin America
Our Approach Includes:
PROTECT AND RESTORE VICTIMS: We partner with local authorities to conduct rescue operations and ensure each victim of domestic violence is safe. We create individualized care plans to help each person heal from trauma and pursue dignifying jobs and educational opportunities.
BRING CRIMINALS TO JUSTICE: We advocate for police reports to be filed against those who have committed the abuse, and we support their prosecution.
STRENGTHEN JUSTICE SYSTEMS: We provide hands-on mentoring for law enforcement, government officials and partner organizations. We also create social demand and advocate with state and national leaders to make ending domestic violence a top priority.
IJM conducted a pilot project in northern Uganda to determine the effectiveness of IJM’s approach to protect victims of domestic violence and bring perpetrators to justice.
IJM assisted in 10 cases in the 2018 project.
By the pilot’s conclusion:
Survivors received legal and social services
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Jakelin was trapped in a cycle of violence by her father. Now, she uses her voice to advocate for those still suffering.
Jakelin lived a happy childhood before her father came back into her life. He would come home drunk and beat her mother. During the day, while her mother was at work, he would force Jakelin and her brothers to cut wood—exhausting and dangerous work for children. During the night, Jakelin’s father would sneak into her bedroom and abuse her.
Then he threatened to kill her family if she ever spoke up. But when her mother learned about his terror and fled with her children to their church, hope entered the picture.
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