Final Evaluation: Deepening and Expanding the Cross-Sector Network Response to Sexual Violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Kenya: A Project to Increase Justice for Women and Girls Survivors of Sexual Violence
Authors/Editors: Mike ANASTARIO
Location: Kenya and Democratic Republic of Congo
Grantee: Physicians for Human Rights
Grant Period: 1 January 2016 – 31 December 2018
Grant Amount: $975,000
Publication year: 2019
Physicians for Human Rights implemented “Deepening and Expanding the Cross-Sector Network Response to Sexual Violence in the DRC and Kenya: A Project to Increase Justice for Women and Girls Survivors of Sexual Violence” for three years. The initiative targeted health care providers, police officers, lawyers and judges through advanced training, advocacy, institutional capacity development, and sustainable support for survivors of violence.
Main findings of the evaluation:
- Physicians for Human Rights developed and piloted a digital tool, MediCapt, to enhance evidence collection. It also trained frontline professionals working in health care, the police and courts in the use of forensic techniques to document sexual violence.
- The use of a formal “chain of custody” document by police officers improved internal coordination within police work.
- Medical and psychological documentation was standardized and harmonized.
- Law enforcement training resulted in successful prosecutions and convictions.