SUCCESS STORY: Eliminating violence against women - Justice Centres Uganda

SUCCESS STORY: Eliminating violence against women

The in-charge Gender Based Violence (GBV) Police desk referred a case involving 53-year- old Stanley who had lodged a complaint against his wife Sonia and her father. Stanley alleged that the two had beaten him up when he had gone to visit his wife at her father’s house following some misunderstandings they had had.

JCU Bundibugyo invited the family for an in-depth interview. It was shockingly discovered that Stanley was actually the abusive one as Sonia narrated how Stanley had subjected her and their four children to a lot of physical and emotional abuse. Sonia shared how her husband would physically assault her due to his alcoholism and further requested JCU to visit their home and hear from the neighbours where she and the children would often seek refuge from Stanley.

JCU then held a locus mediation in the presence of other family members and the neighbours where it was discovered that Sonia was indeed telling the truth. The neighbours didn’t condone Stanley’s behavior towards his family and mentioned how on several occasions, they had reported the incidents of domestic violence witnessed to the authorities but all in vain. After all facts were laid bare Stanley apologised to his family and agreed to desist from any acts of violence and to provide maintenance to the family.

Immediately after the mediation the JCU advocate educated the family members, neighbours & LC I members on Gender Based Violence, its effects and legal consequences.