Legal Volunteers Helping Solve Domestic Wrangles

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Joanita Asiimwe, the Legal Officer FIDA Officer Kabale, says currently her office only receives 12 cases of domestic violence each months compared 25 they would receive previously before deploying the legal volunteers.

Cases of domestic violence have significantly dropped in Kamwezi, Ikumba and Bubaare sub counties in Kabale district, thanks to the deployment of legal volunteers. The legal volunteers work with Kabale FIDA office with support from the Democratic Governance Facility-DGF to help communities to resolve and minimise cases of domestic violence.

 
There are 25 legal volunteers spread in Kamwezi, Ikumba and Bubaare sub counties. The three sub counties were selected because of the high number of cases of domestic violence. Joanita Asiimwe, the Legal Officer FIDA Officer Kabale, says currently her office only receives 12 cases of domestic violence each months compared 25 they would receive previously before deploying the legal volunteers. 



Asiimwe explains that they decided to deploy the volunteers after realizing that most of the cases of domestic violence could be avoided.
 
 
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According to Asiimwe, plans are underway to roll out the program in all the 25 sub counties in the district.
 

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Teo Mugumya is one of the volunteers based in Murole - Ikumba Sub County. According to Mugumya, they move to churches, funerals and other community gatherings, where they educate people on the dangers of domestic violence.
 
 
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Felix Kato, a resident of Bubaare Sub County has benefited from the services of the legal volunteers. According to Kato, he was dragged to police by his wife following a fight that broke out when he failed to pay school fees for their three children.
 
 
He however, says they reconciled following the intervention of the legal volunteers. According to Kato, he was made to sign a commitment letter showing that he will provide for his family and that whenever they get a misunderstanding they will engage the volunteers.

 

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