GVRC prides itself in being a centre of excellence in the prevention and management of Gender Based Violence in Kenya. Maintaining standards of excellence is top priority in the organizational strategic plan. To drive this intervention, GVRC has partnered with GBV Prevention Network with the focus a strengthening its role in Violence Against Women (VAW) emergency response and preparedness. The programme embraces an approach where staff is trained on skills on management of VAW in Emergency Response crisis.
GVRC has an Emergency Response program, in the past having been in the forefront of emerging crisis in Kenya. The 2007/08 Post Election Violence saw GVRC offer medical treatment to 3684 survivors of Gender Based Violence and psychosocial support to over 180,000 PEV survivors. In the Mt Elgon clashes, interventions brought meaning to the lives of 240 women and girls and psychosocial support to 100 survivors during the Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission’s hearings. The recent Tana Delta Response Program and the Drought Emergency Response Program supported 7196 number of clients with medical support, psychosocial support and capacity enhancement for the Health Care providers.
GVRC is part of the national emergency response hub and national bodies that bring together different players/expertise in the GBV sector with clear referral pathways to response in emergency situations. These include the National Hub Committee, National Gender & Equality Commission and Africa Unite – Kenya Chapter. Such forums provide an avenue to develop and strengthen emergency response at policy level.
GBV Prevention Network is a regional programme working in 18 different countries in the Horn, East and Southern Africa to build a just and violence-free world for women. It has over 500 members strong. The Network is based in Kampala, Uganda.