The goal of this part of the project is to raise awareness at the community level by sharing the knowledge and transferring some of the skills needed to provide the early interventions to women and men in abusive relationships through awareness. LWDGC proposes to network with the community based advocates for HIV/AIDS and youth advocacy, and other CBOs to develop their capacity to advocate against domestic violence. LWDGC would build its relationships with the police stations in these areas.
The importance of rehabilitation programs for male perpetrators has been underscored in many domestic violence intervention models. In addition, given the risks to over 80,000 women's emotional, physical and mental health, these programs must provide quality interventions that promote women's safety. Since ineffective intervention does more harm than good and jeopardizes the safety of the victim, programs for abusive men must be specialized.
-To establish the infrastructure for educational groups for abusive men who are volunteers or legally mandated participants with the aim of stopping abusive behavior in their relationships with women and in their families
-To develop the promotional material which would encourage abusive men to voluntarily refer themselves. The materials include for example printed posters in places where men frequent e.g. game shops, sports bars; TV and Radio Ads to play during sports programs, video doc.
The activities of this project are designed to transfer knowledge and skills to Cameroonians that are needed in the work against violence against women. LWDGC is committed to changing attitudes and it is intended that the staff members will continue to share and propagate the lessons learnt from this project. Technology will also make it possible to disseminate this knowledge to the French speaking Cameroonians, which therefore widens the scope of the target beneficiaries.
This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).