By its nature, having a communication disability makes the reporting of GBV challenging or impossible. UNHCR and other humanitarian stakeholders in Rwanda have identified an urgent need for social models of support that involve sensitising and training front-line workers to increase awareness of, and sensitivity to, the particular issues facing GBV survivors who have with communication disabilities in reporting, accessing legal redress and receiving psychosocial/medical and safety support.
In order to achieve this aim, both the challenges experienced by GBV survivors who have a communication disability, and the challenges of workers to support them, need to be more fully understood.
This project has potential to support the further understanding of the intersectional nature of GBV and the multifaceted vulnerability of persons with intersecting inequalities including those arising from communication disability.
The relative stability of the Rwandan context provides a good opportunity for exploration, and the results of the analysis may be applied further afield.
The project will build a consortium of key stakeholders who have the willingness and capacity to take this work forward. The project will provide the necessary knowledge and understanding to facilitate the next stage of work – which will be to design resources to train front line workers to better support GBV survivors who have a communication disability.
Following field visits, interviews with key service-providers and carers of people with communication disability and a stakeholder workshop, the following outputs will be produced:
MMU and their partners receive a HIF grant to continue investigating SGBV service access and community protection for refugees with Communication DisabilitiesView
Following evidence gathering of the potential risk of SGBV for refugees with communication disability (CD) and the difficulties they face with disclosure and in accessing support, it was time to find out the real situation on the ground.View
What if you have a disability? A great deal of evidence exposes the increased risk to SGBV of people with disabilities across the globe, most acutely in forced displacement.View
As a communication disability expert, Helen Barrett could imagine the difficulties that refugee-survivors of SGBV with communication disability would face in accessing support and redress following abuse.View
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