Center for Domestic Violence Prevention

Upcoming Activities

FGM and DV messages in Kupsabiny will air on Elgon FM
24 Mar 2020 - 29 Aug 2020
FGM and DV messages in Ngakarimajong will air on AKICA FM
24 Mar 2020 - 23 Aug 2020

Overall CEDOVIP Accomplishments

CEDOVIP has worked since 2000 on the prevention of violence against women (VAW) in Uganda. Some of the major successes include:

  • Winning the UNAIDS 2010 Red Ribbon Award for innovative work in preventing violence against women and HIV.

  • Piloted SASA! a new and promising approach at the community level which comprehensively and provocatively addresses the intersection between VAW and HIV in Rubaga and Makindye Divisions in Kampala, Uganda.

  • Promote national prevention of violence against women through national SASA! rollout through capacity-building and coordination of 8 NGOs partners in 8 districts. In addition, we work with the Community Development Officers in another 8 districts of the Busoga sub-region to mobilize communities to prevent violence against women. This is part of the Government of Uganda- Irish Aid Joint Programme to address GBV in the Busoga sub-region.

  • CEDOVIP's SASA! is the site of an extensive process and impact assessment through a collaboration of Raising Voices, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and Makerere University. It includes a randomized control trial of 1584 community members, a study to assess the cost/benefit ratio of the approach, as well as an extensive study on the qualitative components. These studies lead to understanding in detail the implications of community-based violence prevention efforts, creating simple tools other organizations implementing SASA! can use, and also to contribute to the larger body of knowledge in the field of violence prevention.

  • Influenced Parliamentary tabling and passage of the Domestic Violence Bill into an Act of parliament in November 2009.

  • Mobilizing the community in Kawempe Division to prevent domestic violence. This intense grassroots activism encouraged community members, leaders, and heads and staff of key institutions to rethink domestic violence and to take action to prevent it in their families and communities. This program, based on Mobilizing Communities to Prevent Domestic Violence (Raising Voices 2003), has been highlighted as a promising practice.

  • Developed and published Responding to Domestic Violence: A Handbook for the Police Force. This publication, which was developed in collaboration with the Uganda Police Force (UPF), acts as a standardized protocol to guide officers handling cases of domestic violence.

  • Created the first ever Domestic Violence Bylaw in Uganda, in collaboration with the Kawempe community and leadership structures. The Bylaw was used to enhance, legitimize and inform advocacy for national legislation on the Domestic Violence Act, as well as serving as a model for other communities in Uganda.

  • Increased public attention and awareness on VAW in Uganda through intense media engagement. This has also positioned CEDOVIP as a credible voice linked to the grassroots and capable of bringing these critical issues into national policy arenas.

  • Scaled up the community mobilization approach used in Kawempe Division to 10 communities (9 districts) throughout Uganda. These grassroots efforts are essential to creating a new climate in Uganda that is respectful of women's human rights. It is also helpful in informing and promoting national policy and legislative reform.

  • With Raising Voices, established and coordinates a Learning Center for activists working to prevent domestic violence. More than 300 activists and practitioners from around the region and world have come to learn practical skills of effective community mobilization to prevent VAW.

  • Engaging positively and sustainably in various policy review and formulation processes. For example, national training curriculum on managing GBV cases with the Ministry of Health and World Health Organization, post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) policy revision processes, and particularly the Domestic Violence Act drafting and successful advocacy.

  • Successfully coordinated the national Domestic Violence Bill Coalition, whose members include CSOs, members of the donor community, religious leaders, members of parliament, and media houses from throughout Uganda.

  • Spearheads the annual national observance of 16 Days of Activism against violence against women, since 2000.

  • Strengthened the capacity of over 600 police officers, religious leaders, health care providers, and probation officers in Kampala . This created institutional changes in both policy and practice that led to improved service delivery for women experiencing violence.

  • Developed CEDOVIP as a center where staff and management are committed to a professional, ethical and functional work environment which is focused on implementing quality violence prevention work. CEDOVIP serves as a role model to other civil society actors.

  • CEDOVIP developed the entire GBV module for the police training curriculum for incoming and in-service officers to increase knowledge and develop skills to handle VAW issues. This will go a long way in creating a supportive environment for women at the police at the police stations