AJWR adopts an integrated services approach towards supporting survivors of violence: the services include legal, health and psychosocial support. COVAW continues to do so through maintaining a credible presence at Gender Based Violence Recovery Centers (“GBVRCs”) located within the Kenyatta National Hospital and Mbagathi District Hospital in Nairobi, Rift Valley Provincial General Hospital in Nakuru, as well as the Nyanza Provincial General Hospital in Kisumu.
With a target surpassed of reaching at least 400 women per year, COVAW provides free legal aid to survivors of violence and facilitates court representation through the pro-bono advocates scheme where and when necessary. Particularly, COVAW has within its pro-bono advocates database a team of twenty three (23) advocates who provide assistance in litigation matters. In addition, COVAW has trained over two hundred (200) community paralegals who receive and manage cases of Sexual and Gender Based Violence within their communities, as well as offer support to survivors of violence through the different points of service provision in order to ensure timely reporting of cases and appropriate collection and preservation of evidence for purposes of successful criminal litigation.
COVAW also continues to build the capacity of crucial service providers who a survivor is likely to encounter in the course of seeking justice. These service providers include: law enforcement agents, health care service providers, members of the provincial administration, prosecutors, magistrates and district children’s officers. Such capacity building is aimed at tackling structural and social challenges experienced by survivors of violence and often tied to negative attitudes and beliefs and/or lack of knowledge on GBV and relevant legal frameworks amongst these service providers.
Through the AJWR initiative, COVAW also conducts awareness forums and legal aid clinics through which women and girls are empowered with knowledge on their rights and reporting procedures upon violation.
Further, through partnerships with like-minded human rights organizations, COVAW contributes towards improved implementation of existing national, regional and international laws and policies as well as actively propelling legislative and policy amendments and/or development.