Gender Based Violence: Where To Get Help and Support in Kenya
In the recent 8 months, gender-based violence has been on the rise as many people are cooped up in the house with most, if not all family members, unemployment and underemployment.
With nowhere to go, GBV victims are stuck with their abusers as schools and churches remain closed indefinitely. If you or someone you know is going through gender-based violence, here are places they can turn to for help:
1. Healthcare Assistance Kenya
Healthcare Assistance Kenya (HAK) is a humanitarian Non-Governmental Organization that operates the only and the first-ever Sexual and Gender-Based Violence Rapid Response System and Helpline 1195 that today supports survivors GBV from grassroots to break the silence and quickly access GBV services through helpline 1195 after a violation.
The main aim of this project is to help survivors access quick GBV services on referral through a confidential SMS system for timely prevention and treatment of infections such as HIV.
2. Gender Violence Recovery Centre (GVRC)
GVRC are a non-profit making, non-partisan; charitable trust of the Nairobi Women’s Hospital (NWH) which is a private institution that specialises in obstetrics and gynaecology services and seeks to provide holistic care to women and their families.
GVRC’s main purpose is to bring back meaning to survivor’s lives and their families. They do this through the provision of free medical treatment and psychosocial support to survivors of gender based violence. The medical support given is the basic treatment for survivors of Gender Based Violence (GBV) that includes emotional, physical, sexual and psychological abuse.
3. FIDA Kenya
Members of the public are now able to access counsellors, and lawyers free of charge on FIDA’s toll-free number 0800-720-50. Not only is the line free of charge, but they also offer legal advice and psychosocial support which is professional and confidential as well.
Toll-free number: 0800- 720 -50
Phone NO: 722 509 760
4. Kenya Men Engage Alliance
KEMEA Network views gender equality as integral to its operations and for the creation of nonviolent and gender-just societies in Kenya.
The network membership includes community-based organizations, institutions, government departments and individuals working with boys and men in HIV and AIDS, Positive fatherhood, Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), Gender-based violence (GBV) and sexual reproductive health rights (SRHR).
5. CREAW Kenya
Following the rise of GBV cases in 2020, CREAW in partnership with Oxfam, Wangu Kanja Foundation, Acted Horn of Africa, Concern Worldwide, and Impact initiatives are providing support services to GBV survivors, among them cash transfers, counselling and shelter.
6. LVCT Counseling Hotline
LVCT is the only youth sexuality and sexual health toll-free hotline in Kenya and the largest in East Africa. The peer-led hotline targeting young people aged 15-24 years was established by LVCT Health in 2006. It provides free information on HIV and AIDS, sexuality, sexual reproductive health and rights in a confidential and non-judgmental way over the phone.
Hotline: 1190 (SRH, HIV, GBV)
Phone Number: +2547 202 646 692
7. Childline Kenya
Childline Kenya works in partnership with the Government to STOP child abuse and provide a safe environment for all children.
8. Kelin Kenya (Reclaiming Rights, Rebuilding Lives)
The KELIN Strategic Litigation department uses litigation as a tool for social change. They undertake litigation on health-related cases to ensure that individuals and communities whose fundamental rights and freedoms have been violated have access to justice. To access justice, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
9.Family Health International (FHI)
Are you going through isolation, anxiety, loss, or stress? Do you know anyone going through anxiety and stress? Family health Isolation (FHI360) has a hotline dedicated to helping people going through stress issues.
FHI Hotline: 0776543099
- Childline Kenya
Childline Kenya works in partnership with the Government to STOP child abuse and provide a safe environment for all children. They offer the only nationwide helpline service dedicated to children that runs 24 hours toll-free and is accessible by simply dialling 116.
Hotline: 116 / 0800 221 080000800 221 0800800 221 08000800 221 0800
Phone Number: +254 722 116 116
If you are going through a mental health crisis and need help, reach out to a counsellor or a psychologist. If you are going through abuse or you know a person going through abuse, the Gender-Based Violence-free hotline is 1195. Furthermore, if you would like to join a community of women healing from abuse, WhatsApp +254736275978.