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Rethinking Domestic Violence

This curriculum was written by Dipak Naker and Lori Michau and it was developed thanks to CIDA’s Gender Equity Support Project II, the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Kampala, American Jewish World Service (AJWS) and the Moriah Fund and with the help of many authors, including staff from the Center for Domestic Violence Prevention (CEDOVIP) in Uganda.

The training is a tool for strengthening the capacity of a wide range of community members to prevent domestic violence. It is a series of training sessions that can be used individually or as a part of a longer process. It will help participants think about, discuss and take action to prevent domestic violence.

Each section is in average 14 hours long, suitable to be taught over two days.  The whole training can be taught over 8 to 10 full days.

Section One: Becoming Aware of Gender and Rights

In this section, you will explore the belief system in your community that allows domestic violence to continue to occur.

You will explore ideas about gender and discuss what it means to be a good man or a woman in your community.

Together, you will learn about women’s rights and where we get these rights from and discuss why women’s rights are
important and who has the obligation to protect them.

Section Two: Deepening Understanding of Domestic Violence

In this section, you will explore with your group how they understand domestic violence, what
their experience has been and what some of the consequences have been for their community.

It is an opportunity to help participants think about their personal experiences and come to a deeper understanding of why action is necessary.

Section Three: Developing Skills to Prevent Domestic Violence

In this section, you will identify skills and personal qualities needed to prevent domestic

You will discuss and practice using practical skills, such as listening skills.  

You will also discuss the importance of, and practice using tools that can help participants take
creative action.

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