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Soc. Sci. 2019, 8(3), 76; https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci8030076

Indashyikirwa Women’s Safe Spaces: Informal Response for Survivors of IPV within a Rwandan Prevention Programme

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London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Keppel St, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7HT, UK
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Paper Crown Institute Rwanda, Kigali KG 593, Rwanda
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Received: 16 January 2019 / Revised: 12 February 2019 / Accepted: 27 February 2019 / Published: 1 March 2019
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Abstract

Within intimate partner violence (IPV) prevention programmes that raise awareness of women’s rights and the forms and consequences of IPV, there is a need to ensure response mechanisms for IPV survivors. Indashyikirwa is a Rwandan IPV prevention programme, which established 14 women’s safe spaces, whereby men and women could access support for IPV, be referred or accompanied to other services. This paper draws on qualitative interviews with safe space facilitators, attendees, staff and observations of activities at various points across the programme. Thematic analysis was conducted to assess the process and impact of the spaces. Attendees generally preferred the women’s safe spaces over formal services for IPV disclosure and support, and the spaces also enhanced the quality of and linkage to formal IPV response services. The safe spaces further supported well-being and economic empowerment of attendees. Lessons learned from implementing this model are offered, including how to ensure safe, inclusive and integrated sources of support within broader IPV prevention efforts. View Full-Text
Keywords: safe spaces; response; intimate partner violence; Rwanda safe spaces; response; intimate partner violence; Rwanda
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Stern, E.; Carlson, K. Indashyikirwa Women’s Safe Spaces: Informal Response for Survivors of IPV within a Rwandan Prevention Programme. Soc. Sci. 2019, 8, 76.

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