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Role of local partners in a coordinated response

Last edited: February 21, 2019

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Relevant sectors at the local level respond to violence against women through a coordinated response as follows:

Local level partners/sectors

Role in a coordinated response to violence against women

Health care sector

  • Implement protocols on screening/routine enquiry
  • Introduce guidance on how various departments (hospitals, family doctors, maternity services, communicable diseases, accident and emergency, etc.) should respond to all forms of violence against women
  • Promote safety, respect and bodily integrity for victims/survivors
  • Provide access to female staff 
  • Develop protocols on health service responses to perpetrators
  • Document the medical impacts of violence
  • Promote reproductive health and awareness of links with violence against women
  • Develop responses within mental health services that recognise the links with violence against women and women’s need for safety, including within residential mental health units
  • Develop local referral protocols to psychosocial and other support services
  • Hold roundtables with NGOs and victims/survivors to identify gaps and areas needing further work
  • Gather, monitor and share aggregate data on identification and responses
  • Undergo regular training on violence against women, a coordinated response and best practices in health care for victims/survivors of violence
  • Undergo regular training in best practices for obtaining and handling forensic evidence of violence against women

 

  • For detailed guidance, see the Health sector module on this site.

Police

  • Give clear messages that violence against women is a crime and perpetrators will be held accountable and act consistent with those messages
  • Create innovative ways to encourage and enable reporting (e.g. women’s police units, specialized investigative teams)
  • Create and carry out initiatives on responding with respect and belief when women report violence
  • Develop protocols with local psychosocial, advocacy and support services, including referral to such services
  • Meet regularly with NGOs, referral agencies and victims/survivors to problem solve
  • Gather, monitor and share aggregate data on reporting and case outcomes
  • Undergo regular training on responding to violence against women including evidence-gathering and trauma-informed interviewing

 

  • For detailed guidance, see the Security sector module on this site.

Social services

  • Implement screening and routine enquiry protocols to detect violence against women and girls 
  • Provide guidance on how various departments (child protection/welfare rights, income support/community work) should respond to all forms of violence against women
  • Develop guidance on responding to emotional/psychological/social needs of victims/survivors 
  • Explore creating specialized response teams 
  • Develop outreach to enable more women and girls to seek help, including in rural or other isolated communities  
  • Promote community education, awareness raising and prevention efforts
  • Provide support/advocacy to victims/survivors wishing to pursue legal redress
  • Develop and oversee local referral mechanisms
  • Gather, monitor and share anonymised data on identification and responses
  • Develop mechanisms for the participation of NGOs and victims/survivors in the planning and evaluation of responses
  • Undergo regular training on best practices in preventing and responding to violence against women

NGOs (including shelters and crisis centers )

  • Provide information and support services, including outreach, to victims/survivors
  • Build a model of responsiveness based on human rights, equality and empowerment
  • Make female advocates and support workers available to victims/survivors
  • Determine whether all women have access to NGO services, and make services available for those groups (e.g. rural, disabled, indigenous, minority) that are currently under-represented
  • Train and supervise NGO staff, social and community workers providing services to victims/survivors using the model of responsiveness
  • Promote community education, awareness raising and prevention efforts
  • Develop local referral mechanisms and obtain feedback on how well they function
  • Gather, monitor and share anonymised data on service users/referrals and responses
  • Build participatory models to enable participation of victims/survivors in the planning and evaluation of responses
  • Create empowerment processes which enable women to speak out against violence against women
  • Take leadership in coordination efforts to ensure a victim/survivor-centered response by all sectors

Community groups

  • Educate community workers about violence against women and how to respond to victims/survivors and perpetrators
  • Conduct outreach to facilitate access and referral to services
  • Develop protocols on how to deal with boys and men who admit to perpetrating violence against women, or who perpetrate violence against women but do not recognise it as such
  • Promote community dialogue, education, awareness raising and prevention efforts

Victims/survivors

  • Participate in the planning and evaluation of responses
  • Speak out about violence against women when and where it is safe to do so

Faith groups

  • Educate own members about violence against women and how to respond to victims/survivors and perpetrators
  • Ensure that interpretations of religious texts neither hold victims/survivors responsible for their abuse nor excuse perpetrators
  • Develop protocols on how to hold perpetrators accountable, especially faith leaders
  • Promote community dialogue, education, awareness raising and prevention efforts
  • Develop referral mechanisms for victims/survivors to specialized services

Local government/traditional authorities

  • Politicians/leaders should make regular and strong statements about violence against women
  • Create and enforce policies prohibiting violence against women in government operations
  • Provide opportunities for individuals and agencies to pledge support for local campaigns against violence against women
  • Educate staff about all forms of violence against women and how to respond to victims/survivors
  • Provide sustainable funding for specialized support services
  • Develop local partnerships and participate in coordination of services on violence against women
  • Gather, share and monitor anonymised data on prevalence and service provision
  • Improve safety in public spaces and transportation (see the Safe Cities module on this site)

Men’s Groups (Offender Programmes)

  • Speak out against violence against women
  • Challenge definitions of masculinity that promote/tolerate violence against women
  • Promote discussion of gender roles and stereotypes, power dynamics, equality and attitudes to violence against women

 

  • For detailed guidance see the Men & Boys module on this site