The Gender Violence Recovery Centre was founded in March 2001 and since its inception, it has supported over 50,000 survivors as of 31st March 2022. It has been instrumental in National Legislation enactment in the field of Gender-Based Violence particularly on the Sexual Offenses Act 2006 policy and in the development and revision of the Post Rape Care (PRC) form gazetted in 2012. GVRC participated in drafting of the National Gender Policy and inclusion of the GBV curriculum in the Nursing Diploma curriculum among other national documents.

We have vast experience 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 was 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 continuously assists in setting national policy direction in particular, the establishment of the Gender Based Violence Recovery Centres in public health facilities in collaboration with the Nursing Council of Kenya. We successfully lobbied for the inclusion of a 45 hours module on GBV management currently in use in over 14 public universities

GVRC 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 organization builds the capacities of service providers on GBV management and the community through training. We share community approaches in regards to prevention of GBV with health facilities, corporate, police, judiciary and school communities through the Teachers’ Service Commission, (TSC). GVRC has a strong partnership with the National Police Service through capacity enhancement on forensic management, GBV reporting, documentation, referrals and expert testimonies in court. The organization has trained police officers countrywide to manage gender friendly desks at their assigned police stations. Through the training done in East Africa, there has been a representative from the police working under child protection and GBV. Results have been recorded in Kilimani police station in Kenya, Kawempe Police Station in Uganda as the two units have separate sections to deal with children’s issues and improved quality of interventions as a result of the capacity enhancement training.

We dream of…

Vision: A society Free from Gender Based Violence

We exist to…


We are the Centre of Excellence in the prevention and management of Gender Based Violence in Africa


We bring back meaning to the lives of survivors and their families