The pioneer facility of this kind with a unique integrated model offering GBV response services in the region. Has supported over 55,000 survivors of GBV with medical treatment and psychosocial support services. In 2020 during the covid-19 pandemic, GVRC provided medical treatment and psychosocial support to 4,067 survivors of GBV, the highest since its inception.

Replication of the GVRC model in public health facilities for example – Makueni, Kisii, Homabay, Baringo, Kwale, Nyeri, etc.

The successful #1000Steps4Baringo ultra-marathon event that had a champion athlete covering 1000 kilometers running through Baringo County creating awareness on GBV prevention and response

Key player in GBV related legislations and policy- Lead partner that contributed to the enactment of the Sexual Offences Act in 2006, the Protection Against Domestic Violence Act 2015

In collaboration with the Nursing Council of Kenya, incorporated a 45-hour module on GBV management protocols in the Bachelor of Nursing degree curriculum

Lead partner in National coordination and technical working groups: the co-convener of the GVRC co-chairs the gender sector working group under the state of department for gender

Capacity development of over 200,000 service providers, duty bearers and rights holders across the country. They include teachers, health service providers, National Police service, Judiciary, representative of grassroots structures, children, men, and women

What you need to know about Gender Based Violence

  • Gender Based Violence is any act that results in physical, sexual or psychological harm or suffering, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivations of liberty, whether occurring in public or private life perpetrated against a person based on socially-ascribed (gender) differences between males and females.
  • Violence is a common method used to dominate management of power relations.
  • GVRC has supported over 50,000 survivors since inception in 2001.
  • An estimate of 3,000 survivors of GBV report at GVRC-NWH every year.
  • Men are the main perpetrators of violence. Exhibited by GVRC statistics at over 90% reported cases; KDHS 08/09; Kenya VAC 2010 revealing similar findings. This is not to put off the fact that women can be perpetrators as well.
  • The female population is most affected with 56% women and 36% girls reported cases in GVRC.
  • One-in-Three Kenyan females has experienced an episode of sexual violence before attaining age 18 (Kenya VAC 2010).
  • Between 39% and 47% of Kenyan women experience GBV in their lifetime- among the highest rates in the world.
  • GBV towards pregnant women in Kenya is estimated to be at 13.5%, 17 times higher prevalence than that of many conditions normally screened for during pregnancy (KDHS 07/08)
  • Men are survivors too with GVRC reported cases rating at 5% boys and 3% men
  • One-in-Five Kenyan males has experienced an episode of sexual violence before attaining age 18 (Kenya VAC 2010)
  • Domestic Violence at 38% of ever-married women, have experienced physical violence compared to 9% of ever-married men. 14% of ever-married women have experienced sexual violence compared to 4% of ever-married men. 41% of ever-married women have experienced physical or sexual violence, while 11% of ever-married men have experienced either form of violence from a partner (KDHS 2014).

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