During incidences of violence, local leaders and duty bearers such as chiefs, village elders, nyumba kumi heads, community health volunteers, community health practitioners and religious leaders are normally the first respondents to whom survivors seek services and advice. However most of these duty bearers lack the requisite knowledge and skills to adequately respond to survivors and offer appropriate referrals, this ultimately contributing to nature and quality of the management services offered. This may also impact whether and how the cases are litigated and justice realised.
In this quarter, we held a 3-day training to 30 such stakeholders from Homabay County, covering topics such as the first response services, the available referral pathways, roles of different duty bearers, litigation process, provisions of various anti-violence laws, organisations offering various survivor-centred and support services among others.
We believe that the training adequately equipped the stakeholders and that its benefits will transcend to survivors being served better and getting the justice they deserve.
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