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Short Course in Gender Based Violence For Lay Counsellors

Violence against women is a persistent and universal problem occurring in every culture and social group. Around the world, at least one in every 3 women has been beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise in her lifetime mostly by someone she knows, including a member of her own family, an employer or a co-worker.

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Gender based violence includes physical, sexual and psychological violence such as domestic violence, sexual abuse including rape and sexual abuse of children by family members, forced pregnancy, sexual slavery, traditional harmful practices to women such as female genital mutilation. Gender based violence happens in all societies, across all social classes with women particularly at risk from men they know. Among women aged 15-44 years, gender-based violence accounts for more death and disability than combined side effects of cancer traffic related injuries and war. Each year, 2 million girls between 5 to 15 are introduced into commercial sex industry. Women who are victims of domestic are 12 times more likely to attempt suicide than those who do not experience such volume.


It is essential that lay counsellors and other health care professionals are equipped with the knowledge to understand the causes of violence and gender based violence understand the strategies for recognizing and preventing violence in their workplace and families and be equipped with the resources to support counsellors, health professionals and victims of violence.
Who should enrol?

All supporters, caregivers and counsellors who need to prepare themselves for the challenges of providing support and counselling to people affected by HIV.

Course Design

Classroom tuition by subject matter experts

Course Content

The following modules will be covered:

  • Violence: Magnitude, Nature, Drivers and Consequences.
  • Understanding Gender Based Violence.
  • The Public Health Approach to Violence Containment and Prevention.
  • Caring about violence within HIV/AIDS Treatment Facilities.
  • Violence Centered Counselling Scenarios and Protocol within HIV Testing, Treatment and Management services.
  • The South African Domestic Violence Act
  • Responding to Perpetrators of GBV
  • Helping resources
Assessment
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