Gender-based violence (GBV) is one of the most prevalent risks to people affected by conflict. Though GBV is rooted in pre-conflict conditions, the circumstances within the refugee settlement exacerbate such problems, thereby demanding more concrete plans of actions. Despite the existence of refugee policies geared towards the prevention, protection and recovery from GBV, there are still many barriers that discourage GBV survivors from seeking help.
Capitalizing on data collected in Uganda from among South Sudanese refugees and relevant support/service providers for GBV help-seeking this report addresses questions on refugees’ recognition of violence, their pathways in help-seeking, and the barriers to receiving further assistance. The report also looks into the obstacles for providers of support and services, and their recommendations on how to improve service delivery.
The report is based on field research conducted as part of JICA Research Institute’s research project “Conflict and Gender Based Violence: The role of aid in help-seeking and recovery process for victims.”