This report shares the findings of a follow-on study to the quantitative International Men and Gender Equality Survey (IMAGES) conducted by Promundo and ICRW (funded by Oak Foundation) in Uganda between March and April 2017. This study was meant to explore one aspect of the findings—the continued high rates of intimate partner violence (IPV) and violence against children (VAC) in Central Uganda. The study was also targeted to explore emerging evidence from a separate qualitative study that was conducted by Raising Voices in 2014, that pointed to a ‘cycle of violence’ between IPV and VAC.
The current qualitative study aimed to build on both previous studies by exploring the intersection of IPV and VAC from the novel perspective of service providers, as opposed to the lay community perspectives, in order to understand current opportunities and challenges to linking services addressing IPV and VAC. The findings of this study point to three opportunities to leverage the interconnectedness of IPV and VAC to improve service delivery and prevent future violence in Kampala:
- Addressing harmful gender and social norms;
- Increasing awareness and social censure of sexual IPV and physical VAC; and
- Improving linkages between services for survivors of IPV and VAC.