The Gender Violence Recovery Centre (GVRC) is a non-profit making, non-partisan; charitable trust of the Nairobi Women’s Hospital (NWH) which is a private institution that specializes in obstetrics and gynecology services and seeks to provide holistic care to women and their families.

GVRC’s main purpose is to bring back meaning to survivor’s lives and their families. We do this through the provision of FREE medical treatment and psychosocial support to survivors of Gender Based Violence (GBV) and engaging the public in advocacy issues and primary prevention of abuse. The medical support given is the basic treatment for survivors of Gender Based Violence (GBV) that includes emotional, physical, sexual and psychological abuse. GVRC is committed towards demand driven service delivery and thus seeks to ensure quality and comprehensive treatment, recovery, rehabilitation and reintegration of all survivors. Overall, since its inception in March 2001, the centre has provided free and comprehensive medical treatment and psychosocial support to over 30,000 survivors. In addition GVRC has provided medical and psychosocial support to 10,000 survivors of Gender Based Violence through the emergency response program in conflict situations.

Through its best practices, GVRC has modeled a one-stop centre and built capacities of service providers in different regions for them to be able to make management of Gender Based Violence timely, accessible and comprehensive. Example centers include, Centre for Assault and Recovery in Eldoret (CARE) situated in Moi Teaching and Referral Centre, the Coast general hospital recovery centre, Gender Based Violence Recovery Centre (GBVRC) at Kenyatta National Hospital, Taita Taveta District hospital, Biafra Clinic in Eastleigh Nairobi, Jinja District Hospital and Mlago Hospital in Kampala Uganda.

GVRC has a strong voice in lobbying and tracking of implementation of gender legislations. We held active membership to the Task Force on Implementation of Sexual Offences Act 2006 and now the Nairobi Hub – a group of organizations in the GBV sector responsible for putting up emergency response plans in preparation for National Disasters. GVRC has actively contributed in development of the National Guidelines on Management of Sexual Violence, development and revision of the PRC Form (gazetted in 2012), drafting of the Gender Policy, and inclusion of the GBV curriculum in the Nursing Diploma curriculum among other national documents. We are experts in targeted social mobilization strategies, such as the 1 Million Fathers Movement, that calls on men to end Gender Based Violence by loving, cherishing and protecting all the women and girls in their lives. GVRC is a co-convener of the Africa UNiTE-Kenya Chapter; a regional component of the UN Secretary General’s Global UNiTE Campaign that partners with the Government and other Civil Society Organizations to end Violence against Women.

GVRC‘s primary prevention focuses on creating awareness that facilitates behavior change. Target groups are engaged through community and media awareness initiatives as well as innovative child participatory processes. The centre builds the capacities for service providers on GBV management and the community through trainings and would share community approaches in regards to prevention of GBV with health facilities, Corporate, Police, Judiciary and School communities through the Teachers’ Service Commission. GVRC has a strong partnership with the Kenya Police through capacity enhancement (on forensic management, GBV reporting, documentation), referrals and expert testimonies in court. GVRC has trained police officers country wide to manage gender friendly desks at their assigned police stations. Through the trainings done in East Africa, there has been a representative from the police working under child protection and GBV. Results have been recorded with Kilimani police station in Kenya, Kawempe Police Station in Uganda as the two units have separate section to deal with children issues and improved quality of interventions as a result of the capacity enhancement trainings.